JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford says that LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe‘s five-week incarceration in the Czech Republic will result in a “colossal” new album from the Richmond, Virginia metal band.
Blythe returned to the United States yesterday (Friday, August 3) after spending more than a month in a Prague prison in connection with the 2010 death of a fan at one of LAMB OF GOD‘s shows. The singer was was accused of shoving a local fan off the stage during the group’s May 2010 concert in the city. The man, who is said to have stormed the stage three times during the show, reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage that resulted in his death nearly a month later.
“I don’t think anybody has the full story, only Randy does, and I’m sure he’ll be bombarded by press soon to talk about what exactly happened,” Halford told Loudwire. “My heart was with him, just like everyone else. It’s very hard to be in a jail, especially in a foreign country. He was in there for over a month, right? It’s very difficult. I’m just happy he’s out now.”
Halford added, “I can’t wait to hear him channel this into the music. Man, that next LAMB OF GOD record is going to be like a nuclear bomb, because he’s going to be venting. He needs to get this out of his system.”
The JUDAS PRIEST frontman, who is currently on a break while the band prepares to return to the studio to resume work on a new album, also offered the following suggestion to Randy: “Go home, see all your loved ones and your family, do all the hugging and kissing and crying, and then get on the fucking road and just explode. Vent. Vent it all out. I know that as musicians that’s what we do. I have a feeling that the next LAMB OF GOD album is going to be colossal from an emotional point of view.”
In 1990, JUDAS PRIEST became the focus of a high-profile lawsuit that charged the band with hiding subliminal messages in its music that led to the deaths of two fans.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, other lawsuits at that time sought damages because of violent lyrics in music, but the JUDAS PRIEST case was one of the first to claim that subliminal messages hidden behind those lyrics caused the deaths of two young men.