AS THE PALACES BURN

By Don ARGOTT

MONODUO FILMS - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2013

This portrait of heavy metal band Lamb of God takes a bizarre turn when singer Randy Blythe gets indicted on manslaughter charges.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 88 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Don ARGOTT
    • Producer(s)
    • Sheena JOYCE (9.14 Pictures), Larry MAZER
    • Synopsis
    • The latest film by Don Argott starts out as a leisurely portrait of the heavy metal band Lamb of God. The friendly band members reflect on their lives while we are treated to footage of their concerts all over the world: screaming guitars, guttural songs and head-banging masses from Colombia to India. We also meet several fans, clad in their characteristic tattoos and black shirts. Lamb of God offers guidance and an outlet, whether you live in Bogota, Jerusalem or Richmond, Virginia. But when the band lands in Prague, the story takes a bizarre turn. Two years before, a Czech fan died after falling from the stage, and now singer Randy Blythe is arrested and indicted on manslaughter charges. The band is in shock, both because of the tragic death of the fan and out of concern for the erratic Blythe. The second half of the film captures the emotional impact the trial has on Blythe and his friends. In voice-over, they talk about the case and their relationship with their fans. As the Palace Burns is an unexpectedly sensitive look into a scene that is so often associated with violence.
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