Guitarist Zach Householder of Knoxville, Tennessee death metallers WHITECHAPEL 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 Superskum.com at the Englewood, Colorado stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on July 8, Householder said (see video below), “I understand everything about it, as far as… It’s a fucking shitty scenario for Randy, and I really hate it. On the other hand, that’s somebody’s kid, and they lost their kid, and I know why they’re upset. [I understand] both sides of the story and it sucks for both of them. I want Randy out of there, ’cause I hate the fact that he’s locked up without his friends and family and he’s far from home; that could be the worst scenario ever for anybody in a band for that to happen. I want him to get out.”
He continued, “Like I said, I understand why the people [in the Czech Republic] are mad. I just hope that they come to a conclusion about that’s just obviously… Since Dimebag [late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott, who was killed while performing in December 2004] was shot, that shit about people getting on stage changed.
“I back [Randy] for what he did. I’m sure he had no intentions of ever hurting the kid to begin with. It’s an unfortunate series of events — [that’s] what it is — and it just lined up to where Randy got the shit end of the stick right now. I think they’re gonna come to a settlement where they know he didn’t intend to do it. They would be dumb not to take his side of the story and go, ‘We understand you didn’t mean to do it. We’re just upset because [a family] lost its kid.’
“It’s just a crappy situation, man.”