LAMB OF GOD Vocalist Randy Blythe's Memoir Gets Release Date
A release date has been set for the official memoir of Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe, entitled Dark Days: My Tribulation And Trials. The autobiography will be released on July 14 via Da Capo Press in North America and Random House in the rest of the world.
The memoir puts emphasis on the last year of Blythe’s tumultuous experiences. As Randy has proved on many different platforms, the singer is a great writer and his story is incredible, harrowing, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive in Blythe’s signature prose.
“In 2010, a nineteen-year-old super-fan rushed the stage during a Lamb of God concert in Prague. To protect himself, singer Randy Blythe pushed the fan away,” states the book’s synopsis. “Unbeknownst to Blythe, the young man hit his head on the floor when he fell and later died from the injury. Blythe was promptly incarcerated on charges carrying a prison term of five to ten years. Thirty-seven days later, he was released on bail to await trial. Although legal experts told him not to return to the Czech Republic to face the charges, Blythe explained that he ‘could not run away from this problem while the grieving family of a dead young man searched hopelessly for answers that [he] might help provide.'”
Blythe was acquitted of his charges on March 5, 2013, after a five-day trial in the Czech Republic. In Dark Days, Blythe recounts his crazy life that led up to his unfortunate incarceration. As he explains, “Most substance-abuse books end with the author getting sober. My book starts there."
He adds: “This book will tell that story, the whole story, for the first time ever. I’m the only one who lived it, so I’m the only one capable of telling it. However, the tale of my arrest, incarceration, release, and trial are merely the vehicle I will be using to convey what I feel is an important message in today’s fast-paced, high-tech, self-centered world.
“I have something to say, and life has presented me with a tragic way to illustrate my point without being preachy or pedantic.
“I will not moralize or shout from some ludicrous ethical pedestal (I didn’t win the Olympics or cure cancer, I went to prison, for Pete’s sake) — I just want to relate how I got through a very scary time and came out with my head held high. I think there is a lesson of value in the telling of my story, if only for myself. Therefore I will write it, and I hope some of you will read it.”
Da Capo Press is a member of the American publishing company the Perseus Books Group, and have already published several other books by heavy metal greats, like memoirs by Tony Iommi, Corey Taylor, Rex Brown, and Al Jourgensen.
You can pre-order Dark Days: My Tribulations And Trials on Amazon at this location.