Vocalist Travis Ryan of San Diego-based deathgrind masters CATTLE DECAPITATION is one of a number of musicians who have come out in support of LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe, who is facing manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic.
Blythe, 41, is accused of causing the fatal injury that occurred at LAMB OF GOD‘s May 24, 2010 show in Prague. The singer allegedly either pushed or struck a 19-year-old fan named Daniel N. — a guitarist in a local metal band — and that person died almost a month later of bleeding in the brain.
Randy has been charged with causing “bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan” and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Speaking to SkullsNBones.com, Ryan said, “If that video [of the alleged incident that led to Daniel‘s death] we’ve all seen is true and legit, then anyone that watches that video and still thinks [Randy] is guilty of manslaughter has not a brain in their head or really need to get their eyes checked out, because what I’m seeing is one giant-ass security guard directly behind the kid and Randy‘s hand barely touching the kid. I haven’t heard about anyone indicting the security guard. Where the hell is HE in all this? What the fuck is going on here!?!?! I just don’t get it. We must be seeing the wrong video or something. Why is it so hard for people to see that this guy didn’t ‘throw’ that kid off the stage, resulting in his death? It seems like someone is playing favorites here or something because if anyone is more guilty than the other, it’s that fuckin security guard who looks like a goddamn tank that rushes up behind the dude. Unless Randy has eyes on the back of his head, he’s not even looking in the kid’s direction.”
When asked what he does when a fan jumps on stage and doesn’t jump off, Ryan said, “It depends. I usually don’t do anything. I guess it depends on how they’re acting. Some go out of their way to say, ‘Look at me! Look at me!’ through their actions, and I can’t stand that. Those that physically get involved with you in any way can take a hike, unless it’s a simple arm around the shoulder or something. Bottom line, though, is that’s [the band’s] stage and you must take accountability for your actions. If you go up there three times, expect that on the third time someone is going to be waiting to send you off. Not out of maliciousness or violence, but because you’re directly and repeatedly involving yourself in a territory that is considered by the club, the performers, and even the rest of the fans, as trespassing.”