A Drunken Poet's Dream
Dark Days: A Memoir
Lamb of God frontman details his 31 days in a Czech prison
Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Fri., Dec. 11, 2015
What were you doing the day before 9/11? That's how Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe felt when Czech prosecutors pulled him off a plane in 2012 and accused him of killing a stage-diver at a gig two years earlier. He's already told his side of the story in a Prague court. Yet his illuminating, measured biography, from his arrest and 31 grueling days among the walking damned of the notorious Pankrac prison to a judge's release and final gavel, unwraps hard-won philosophy. There's no ghostwriter – why would a lyricist want one? Instead, Blythe's low, sardonic Virginia rumble flows through every word. No self-pity, no mea culpa, no anger, just gratitude for his own survival, and a deep contextualization of how he found himself in a Kafka-esque hell.
Dark Days: A Memoirby D. Randall Blythe
Da Capo Press, 496 pp., $26.99