Back in 2013 we learned that Lamb Of God front man, Randy Blythe, was working on his upcoming memoir, “Dark Days,” and now it’s closer to being in our hands! According to Amazon, the memoir will be released in February of next year, although not official has been announced yet. One thing that is official is that the first draft is complete! Randy just posted on his must follow Instagram account, a picture of the first draft, along with this message: “This is what a completed 1st draft of a book manuscript looks like. I wrote this myself, mostly over the last eight months, and I finished it today at precisely 2:09 pm. Next to it is an abridged dictionary I got for a quarter at a thrift store, placed there for perspective (in real life, I use a massive 3,000 pound unabridged dictionary, of course). The single space typed manuscript stands thicker than the 600+ page dictionary- now it’s time to trim the fat. I have to do a quick edit of the last three chapters and the epilogue over the next few days, then send them to my editors, then the ball is in their court for a while- it’s time to let them kill some of my darlings, to paraphrase a saying often erroneously attributed to Faulkner. There is still work to be done, but the worst is over. I did it. I saw it through. I fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine: I wrote a book, I can hold it in my hands, and I am damn proud of it. The work is good. And right about now, I must admit I am feeling pretty damn MAJESTIC. I can’t wait to do it again.”
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What can we expect? The Amazon description reads, “The memoir, which puts emphasis on the past year of his life, is an incredible, harrowing, heartbreaking, and redemptive story told in Blythe’s already well-recognized writing style. It seems that almost every major media outlet has attempted to righteously cover the story of Blythe’s arrest, incarceration, trial, and acquittal for manslaughter in the Czech Republic last year, but now, the man at the center of it all unveils the truths of the ordeal, personally detailing every aspect in his own words. No ghost-writers, no co-authors, just Randy Blythe, himself.”
I think it goes without saying that this is highly anticipated by all metal fans, and to know that the first draft is done, is absolutely exciting! Stay tuned for more details as they come!