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5th March 2013, 1245pm GMT

randy blythe

JUST BREAKING NOW: Randy Blythe has been found NOT GUILTY at his trial in Prague and is a free man, acquitted of all charges.

Much more to follow on this - stay posted....


The manslaughter trial of Randy Blythe resumed March 4 after being adjourned because of an ill witness and other factors. The prosecution case rests on testimony from a female fan and a security guard, and two psychologists that took the stand to give expert opinions on Blythe’s personality.

Multiple sources suggest a female fan, 19, offered her testimony to the court, stating she witnessed Blythe: lift Daniel Nosek (deceased) by the shoulders; pushing the fan off the stage with two hands; and causing Nosek to fall backwards into the crowd. The teen claims that she was standing in the front row during the 2010 concert and when Nosek was pushed from the stage, the Czech crowd parted, resulting in Nosek crashing down onto the floor.

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Two security guards, who worked the fateful Lamb of God show also took the stand. One guard testified that he did not see Blythe push anyone off the stage during the show, while the other venue employee, who was working the door, saw Nosek being helped out of the venue by two individuals before an ambulance arrived 5-10 minutes later.

The two psychologists gave testimony with intent to present findings on the character of Randy Blythe. Though one of the psychologists claimed Blythe could possibly be labeled as antisocial, citing past instances where the singer was fined for speeding and public disobedience, the other found that Blythe didn’t possess several traits needed for diagnosis of an antisocial personality disorder.

This is an incredibly significant day for the trial as George Strauss of the Prague Police Department will deliver his testimony and the defense will call an expert on biomechanics to present their opinion on how exactly Nosek would have fallen, along with what type of injuries he could have sustained. Both sides will present their closing statements and Randy Blythe will address the court to close proceedings.

Jonathan Crane, a Prague Post journalist who has covered the case from the beginning, offered the opinion a verdict is 'likely' to be handed down today (March 5). Blythe could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. According to Czech news site, the family of the deceased fan has asked for compensation of 10,000,000 Czech Koruna (roughly $528,000).



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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