RANDY BLYTHE OFFICIAL STATEMENT
Greetings. This is D. Randall Blythe, checking in from my beloved hometown of Richmond, VA, United States of America. I was recently released on bail from Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic, after over a month of incarceration. Now that I am out for the moment, I would like to say a few things.
1. While in prison, I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight- I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. I would especially like to thank the people of Richmond, VA, for standing by me. In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said “We are glad you are home, Randy”. You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home.
2. I would like state that I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else- make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show. But I was treated fairly by the guards and kindly by my fellow inmates. People are dying of starvation all over the world. Men and women are losing their lives daily in the Middle East and other war torn regions. I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis.
3. If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I WILL return to Prague to stand trial. While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will NOT hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution. As I write this, the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death. I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death. While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains. It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer. I am a man. I was raised to face my problems head on, not run from them like a petulant child. I hope that justice is done, and the family of Daniel N. will receive the closure they undoubtably need to facilitate healing. I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned. This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter. Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all peace.
Top 10 at WLJS 91.9 fm for week ending June 17th
1 IHSAHN Eremita
2 FEAR FACTORY The Industrialist
3 KILL DEVIL HILL Kill Devil Hill
4 CANDLEMASS Psalms For The Dead
5 GYPSYHAWK “Hedgeking”
6 GRAND MAGUS Iron Will
7 SHADOWS FALL Fire From The Sky
8 HUNG Hung
9 NACHTBLUT Dogma
10 UNISONIC UNISONIC
Fear Factory has released the trailer for “The Industrialist” - Check it out HERE - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dxWmJssXH4 - Thanks again to Burton Bell for the interview
NEW MUSIC THIS WEEK!!!!
Hitting the airwaves this week is the HIGHLY anticipated album “Immortal” from For Today, Candlemass with “Psalms for the Dead”, and “Bitten” from the Spider Rockets.
For Today’s FOURTH Album, as no surprise, is amazing. The Christian rockers have recently signed with Razor and Tie and dropped the first (of hopefully many) albums on the label. We started playing the first single “Fearless” back in March and cant WAIT for more. 4.5 Stars
For 26 years Candlemass has been scaring the crap out of people. The Doom Metal Masters are dropping their 11th album and show no signs of slowing down. The thunder off of “Psalms” is intense. 4.25 Stars
After a couple of EPs and one full length album Spider Rockets did what most people DONT do with their second album. There is NO Sophomore slump here. Helena and the guys really tear this album a new one. GREAT sound, Great vocals, and excellent producing (Shout out to Eric Rachel). 4 Stars
Shadows Fall and Fear Factory top the WLJS Metal Charts this week with their music. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Burton Bell of Fear Factory last week and he was great to talk with. We discussed the problems with illegal downloading of music (and you know who you are that do it) and the tour and the album in general. Dont want to give away too much of the interview (that will be posted soon) but I think you will like it.
Shadows Fall’s album is outstanding as well. Blending metal and rasta feelings together usually will be recipe for something horrible but Shadows Fall pulls it off time and time again. Brian’s voice (in my opinion) is deeper and has more gravel in it than ever before and since the guitarists Jonathan and Matt have inked their deal with BC Rich they are sounding better than ever. FIRE is a great listen and gets 4 stars from WLJS Metal.
Saxon has issued the following announcement about adding on two more festival appearances in the coming months:
“We are happy to announce two more festivals for the upcoming summer! On Saturday 30th June we are rocking Bucharest on the Tuborg Green Fest!
“Further we are also rocking Lokeren in Belgium on the Lokerse Feesten! We hope to see you there and we are looking forward to rock the halls next week with Judas Priest.”
Saxon is also currently in the process of writing for an upcoming full-length album
Ton of new music for this week guys!!!
From the guys at Skateboard
Bleed the Freaks- All is Lost:
Sledge Leather- Imagine Me Alive:
Gun Barrel- Brace For Impact:
From Bram and Kodi at The Syndicate
Fear Factory - “The Industrialist”
Kill Devil Hill - “Kill Devil Hill”
Firewind - “Few Against Many”
Also from the guys at The Syn (not adds but we are spinning these)
“Turn It Up”