By now you’ve no doubt heard the news c/o Metal Sucks that Randy Blythe, frontman with Lamb of God, has been arrested in Prague on charges of Manslaughter, apparently in relation to a fan who died two years ago following injuries sustained after an onstage altercation with Blythe. Blimey. You can read the Czech news report that broke this story after the jump.
Details are still thin on the the ground right now – all we’ve got to go on is the news report that first alerted Metal Sucks to the story over on Novinky.cz. Here’s the (somewhat wonky) Google Translate version of the story:
American metal band singer in Prague arrested and accused of killing
Thursday’s concert of the American metal band Lamb of God is at club Rock Cafe failed because the singer Randy Blythe was based on information obtained Novelties detained by police. The reason is two years old violent criminal offense, the victim died.
The cancellation of the concert on Thursday informed the organizing agency Obscure: “Today at 11:00 pm we received a message from management Lamb of God, that today’s scheduled performance in Prague in the club Rock Café is canceled. The specific reasons we have yet no news. ”
“We have arrested singer year 1971, which was accused of a crime of bodily harm in the 4th paragraph, thus resulting in death, “said Prague police spokeswoman news Kropáčová Eve with the fact that the police will be more things to say.
Two years ago, 24 May 2010, is held the first Lamb Of God concert in Prague club Abaton, where, according to information News tragic incident happened.
The official website of the band’s fans in the contributions to the Prague speech appeared that the concert “was canceled, because Randy Blythe was arrested for murder committed on the 24th 5th 2010”.
Lamb of God, who got together in 1994, are from the album Ashes Of The Wake of the 2004 adored as representatives of a new wave of American heavy metal. If the early material was carried to the extreme and in the spirit of grindcore, hardcore and deathmetal, and later, a group drawn from the legacy of Pantera and other metal bands from the American South.
For a group is typical of strongly anti-religious focus, originally named Burn the Priest. The texts deal with bad human characteristics, especially hypocrisy, but also violence, a song called Omerta (mafia confidentiality law, the violation is punishable by death). The band, however, also criticized the war in Iraq.
**UPDATE** Lamb of God’s US publicist has apparently issued a brief statement to a number of US websites, stating “[Randy Blythe] is wrongly accused, lawyers are dealing with it, and we expect him to be fully exonerated.”
**UPDATE NO.2** Another statement has been put out by Lamg of God’s US publicist:
“Lamb Of God management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges made against singer Randy Blythe. As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos.
“Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.
“Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate.”
More when we hear it….