We’re in the process of completing the August issue, which will feature an revealing Q&A between our own J. Bennett and Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe. The Richmond native was famously acquitted of manslaughter charges related to the death of a young fan at a 2012 LOG show in Prague. Here’s a brief excerpt of Blythe’s memories of prison (he did 37 days), and an explanation of one of the two songs on new album VII: Sturm und Drang related to his incomparable experience. Subscribe by Monday, June 8 at 9 a.m. EST to ensure that you get the August Decibel with the Randy interview.
The other song that deals with that situation directly is called “512.” I was in three different cells while I was in prison, and the second one I was in was number 512. I started writing it as an essay, originally, on the nature of time and entitlement in modern society. Because time seems to move differently in prison—it really does. It’s fuckin’ strange. And I started thinking about entitlement in there because one day my cellmate did some mopping for the guards, so they gave him a scrubbie, like a sponge that you’d get for 99 cents at the grocery store. When he brought that back to the cell, it was like he’d brought back a stereo system or something. It was so nice to have something to clean things with because it was fucking filthy in there. So, this little sponge was so wonderful, and we were so grateful to have it. But so many people think they have the right to this or the right to that. People think they have the right to be happy. Bullshit. I don’t know where these ideas come from, but if you want to know about your rights, go get locked up in a prison in Eastern Europe for a while. You have a right to use the toilet, and that’s about it.