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  • Summary: As the Palaces Burn is a feature-length documentary that originally sought to follow Lamb of God and their fans throughout the world, to demonstrate how music ties us together when we can’t find any other common bond. However, during the filming process in 2012, the story abruptly took aAs the Palaces Burn is a feature-length documentary that originally sought to follow Lamb of God and their fans throughout the world, to demonstrate how music ties us together when we can’t find any other common bond. However, during the filming process in 2012, the story abruptly took a dramatic turn when lead singer Randy Blythe was arrested on charges of manslaughter and blamed for the death of one of their young fans in the Czech Republic. What followed was a heart-wrenching courtroom drama that left fans, friends, and curious onlookers around the world on the edge of their seats. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 25, 2014
    91
    With the shift from conventional rock doc into something more sophisticated, As the Palaces Burn remains enthralling all the way through.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Feb 25, 2014
    80
    A startling examination of how artistic principles translate into real-world actions, and a moving portrait of a genuinely, unexpectedly brave man.
  3. Reviewed by: Josh Winning
    Feb 25, 2014
    80
    As The Palaces Burn ends up as gripping and unexpectedly moving as anything John Grisham’s ever scribbled.
  4. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Feb 25, 2014
    60
    A fly-on-the-wall look at the band that will thrill fans but may not convert too many non-believers.
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  1. Nov 27, 2014
    8
    One of the most surprisingly effective docs of the year, by a wide margin. One of the greatest accomplishments of As the Palaces Burn is theOne of the most surprisingly effective docs of the year, by a wide margin. One of the greatest accomplishments of As the Palaces Burn is the way that it simultaneously introduces the band to those (like myself) unaware of their existence, while integrating the intricate, fascinating, and emotionally gripping legal battle that takes place for the majority of the second and third acts, all without leaving one aspect feeling lackluster or unnecessary in comparison to each other. Randy Blythe is slowly revealed to be a courageous man, one whose exoneration feels hard won and triumphant after an exceptionally well-staged build of tension. I'm actually glad I was in the dark going in. It left the entire experience, from start to finish, very engaging. There isn't a particular achilles-heel to As the Palaces Burn. What faults there are are slight. The finale feels like it's searching for a way to conclude with the court case in a way that ties everything together full circle, only finding a somewhat wholesome ending. There are times that, while still engaging, the plot can feel a tad redundant, but the film still clocks in at a sharp 90-minutes. Definitely check this one out. It's a blend of Anvil! The Story of Anvil! and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory. Expand