Gallery: Randy Blythe Visits Prague Prison

artist: Randy Blythe date: 02/13/2013 category: music news
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Gallery: Randy Blythe Visits Prague Prison
Randy Blythe has posted pictures of the cell where he lived for a month while awaiting his manslaughter trial in Prague.

The eerie images on his Instagram account were accompanied by heartfelt messages describing what it was like in jail, and his thoughts on Prague.

"Prague has built a strange place for itself in my heart," writes Blythe. "It is a beautiful place, one I have gotten to know rather well, and even love to a degree. But it is a city of contrasts for me, for I see Prague's beauty through a lens of tragedy."

He made the trip around Prague after his trial was postponed last week, and has since returned to the US. Although the judge says he does not need to return when the trial concludes in early March, he plans to return.

"My head and my heart will remain in Prague until I see this thing through," he said.

Randy Blythe visits Pankrac prison, where he spent over a month awaiting trial

"We walked the entire perimeter of the prison, through neighborhoods with nice gated houses and grim-looking apartment high rises," he said of the search for his cell from the prison walls.

"That was my last cell, on the top floor, where I could look out and see where I took this picture from. I used to stare at the apartment building I took this picture from and wonder what was happening in there.

"Most of the time, I was in the basement, though, and the view from my cell window looked something like this picture, without as much sky. Without much of a view, I had to look inside myself."

Randy Blythe's prison cell

The foreboding walls at Pankrac prison

Blythe says he was glad to see his cell from the outside, but would love to take pictures on the inside too, if he could. "It's amazing inside, in a really messed up way."

Finally, Blythe reminds fans to be grateful for what they have, and highlights how the parents of the fan who was fatally injured at a Lamb Of God show have been respectful throughout the court process:

"The family of the young man who is dead is in court every day, along with mine. They have shown remarkable kindness by not attacking me in the press or anywhere else. It must be very difficult for them to look at my face, regardless of my guilt or innocence. They have behaved honorably, and so shall I. I will do my best to give them the answers they deserve.

"Remember, no story has just one side. Try to look at everything from different angles, to not make snap judgements. Put yourself in another's shoes for a second. Otherwise we all just remain in a prison of our own making."

Blythe on this distant clock: "To me, this clock is beautiful. It holds a strange place in my heart, like Prague itself... it was the only way I had to tell time for a long while"
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