As we all know too well, Lamb of God‘s Randy Blythe was charged with manslaughter in the Czech Republic. He has since been found not guilty, but the ordeal was long, unusual, and certainly difficult for the metal frontman. However, Randy showed extremely noble character by keeping his word and returning to the Czech Republic for his trial. Now he’s showing something else.
Randy has made public a short film, The Devil Is the Details,” he made while going through his trial. It looks great, even if I hate clowns, puppets, and dolls with human expressions. Only Randy can tell you what the film is about exactly (he offered some details on his Tumblr alongside his film, which have been included below), but I have some ideas. Given the title of his film, which is a change to a well-known idiom meaning that the details of something conceal a catch or condition, and for me Randy’s title states that these catches or conditions are the details. But to push that idea further, and given the use of a devil marionette in the film, I’d venture to say that Randy is saying that the devil is all around us, whether we’re looking for him or not.
On a theological level, I don’t think Randy is saying that the devil is more omnipresent than god, but that the devil is always looking for an opportunity.
Anyway, check out the details that Randy offered and watch The Devil Is the Details at randonesia.tumblr.com and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Randy’s comments on The Devil Is the Details:
This is a movie I made in Prague during my trial. I filmed the footage with a Canon EOS 60D, edited it with Final Cut Pro X, and wrote the music using Reason. I wanted to release a slightly different version of the film right before my judgement was rendered by the court (the very last shot in this version was not there until after I was pronounced innocent). My idea was to show my mind set through film and music during the process of my trial, and have a more ambiguous ending heading into my final day in court. I did not know what was going to happen to me, only that I felt I was doing the right thing by being there. Working in a creative capacity during the trial helped me to remain calm- it is what I know how to do, so I wanted to share it with people. I showed the clip to my lawyer and he advised against releasing it until after the trial was over, thinking the authorities might not understand what I was trying to say with the movie. It is all over now, so here is my poor attempt to try and create art in a time of great personal uncertainty.
Note: the Devil plays an important part in Czech fairy tales, and marionettes are a bit of Czech folk culture I came to love while I was there- the marionette hangs in my study now. The Devil is different in Czech fairy tales though, to my understanding- the puppet is representative of me, the way I viewed myself, the way I was viewed by society at different times- all sorts of things. It is not representative of evil- just wanted to clarify that.
Rock Hard \m/