Patrick Daugherty 8:30 a.m., May 27
Lamb of God's As the Palaces Burn
Don Argott's documentary tells two interconnected stories, but it started out to tell just one. The idea was to travel with the metal band Lamb of God on the world tour in support of their album Resolution, interviewing fans about their (often intense) connection to the band — and by extension, to each other. It was going well enough, but when the band arrived in the Czech Republic, lead singer Randy Blythe was arrested and charged with manslaughter. Two years earlier, a Czech fan named Daniel Nosek had crashed the stage during a Lamb of God show. Blythe was accused of throwing him off the stage and causing a head injury which resulted in Nosek's death. Argott made good narrative use of the horrific situation, turning an exploration of the metal community into something more harrowing and personal. The very real tension helps to carry the story through its less dramatic moments, and the band is remarkably candid, both about the business of being a band and the strain of its situation. 2014.
- Interview with director Dan Argott • February 27, 2014