Sunday, March 09 2014 21:50

Film Review: Lamb of God's AS THE PALACES BURN

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Watching the long-awaited LAMB OF GOD documentary AS THE PALACES BURN this weekend, I pondered what I might say about it for those who have yet to see it. For those already familiar with the band and well-immersed in the culture of metal - possibly even music in general, at this point - the story of it's creation is already one that's familiar. Band decides to partner with filmmaker Don Argott for a documentary feature that focuses on the bond between band and fans around the Globe... and then the frontman from said band lands in prison in the Czech Republic, and everything changes.

Playing in select cinemas now through a tiered release program via SpectiCast, AS THE PALACES BURN is a compelling look at a band faced with a remarkably outlandish challenge, one that stands as a true example of "the truth being stranger than fiction."

Chris Adler and daughter...Beginning with the realities of being a touring band, we see Randy Blythe, Mark Morton, Willie Adler, John Campbell and Chris Adler at home in Richmond, Virginia, spending time with their families, and explaining to the audience what their lives have become as a part of the "Lamb of God machine." Morton and Adler (pictured left) have a few touching moments with their daughters (they're certified "Rock Fathers") - something I'm a sucker for, raising two girls here as well.

And then disaster happens.

Arrested in 2012 and charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a fan following a 2010 performance, Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe is forced to spend five weeks in prison, then returns to the U.S. where he prepares to face trial... by returning the the Czech Republic. 

What unfolds on film, is undoubtedly the first and only music doc to morph into a courtroom drama. It's a story of personal growth, hardship, and ultimately, redemption.

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palaceposterWhile fans of the band will likely seek this film out in it's theatrical run and later DVD release, AS THE PALACES BURN should easily find a place on television, where a wider audience - the same that finds themselves enthralled by Dateline specials and forensic documentaries - will be able to experience it, and possibly gain the band some new listeners in the process.


The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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