Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Talks Alcoholism, Depression + Suicide Attempt in New Video
Lamb of God's Randy Blythe is the latest musician to speak about his struggles with alcohol and depression with the You Rock Foundation. In this fascinating look into Blythe's life, the vocalist details how alcoholism and depression reduced him to a shell of a man.
Rock and metal favorites such as Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Korn's Jonathan Davis have opened up to the You Rock Foundation in order to raise awareness about and empower those who are suffering from various mental ailments. Randy Blythe recorded the foundation's longest video entry to date, with two parts clocking in at 19 minutes.
You may have read about Randy's ups and downs in his memoir, Dark Days, which details parts of Randy upbringing and adult life along with his 2012 imprisonment in the Czech Republic and subsequent trial. In Part One of Randy's monologue, he describes a suicide attempt at the age of 24. "I had a complete meltdown," Blythe reflects. "I came home from a wedding, actually, and was really drunk and ate two or three boxes of sleeping pills." After the attempt failed, Blythe attempted to burn down his home, which brought the police to the scene.
In Part Two, Randy talks about alcoholism and realizing he needed to get clean, "I looked at all these beer bottles and saw they were kind of like a metaphor for my life. I was just an empty shell, something to pour alcohol in and was ready to break at any time." Despite initial resistance, Blythe eventually got on antidepressants, which were able to balance him out after he had quit drinking for good.
If you're a fan of Lamb of God or someone who identifies with the topics Randy addresses in this clip, be sure to give this inspirational video a watch. Lamb of God are set to headline a 2016 tour with Anthrax, Deafheaven and Power Trip along as openers. Check out the full list of dates here.
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