As The Palaces Burn

Film, Documentaries
4 out of 5 stars
As The Palaces Burn
As The Palaces Burn
As The Palaces Burn
As The Palaces Burn film still
As The Palaces Burn
As The Palaces Burn

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

In 2012, Virginia-based hardcore metal band Lamb of God set out on a world tour accompanied by a small film crew. The plan wasn’t just to make a regular tour documentary but to talk with fans in far-flung places to find out why this huge-selling but not exactly mainstream band inspires such devotion. Then, halfway through the tour, lead singer Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic, charged with manslaughter over the death of a fan two years previously. So the doc was transformed into something altogether more tense, fascinating and ultimately inspiring. Despite the band’s relentlessly aggressive sound – even their own guitarist describes them as ‘unlistenable’ – Lamb of God are a strangely loveable bunch, coming together to support their frontman in his hour of need. And as Blythe’s plight deepens, ‘As the Palaces Burn’ metamorphoses from slam-dancing rock doc to genuinely gripping courtroom drama. The result is a startling examination of how artistic principles translate into real-world actions, and a moving portrait of a genuinely, unexpectedly brave man.

By: Tom Huddleston



Release details

Release date:
Friday February 28 2014
121 mins

Cast and crew

Don Argott
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