Loudwire recently sat down with In Flames guitarist Bjorn Gelotte to get his take on Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s incarceration and impending legal trial in the Czech Republic and to talk about the band’s plans for 2013. A couple of excerpts from the chat can be found below.
In Flames is currently on tour in the U.S. with Lamb Of God. Gelotte, who described the band as, “fantastic to work with” said he that he had mixed emotions when he first heard that Blythe had been incarcerated in the Czech Republic on charges of manslaughter.
He explained: “…of course you feel really sad about somebody getting hurt as bad as dying from it, at the same time you know how it is onstage,” he said. “I highly doubt he did anything in rage; I just think that was a very unfortunate accident.”
Blythe, who was released on bail in August after spending 37 days in jail, was officially indicted by the State Attorney’s Office in Prague on manslaughter charges on Friday, Nov. 30. According to Czech news source Novinky.cz, the District Court now has three months to either set a trial date or to delay the hearing in lieu of further investigation. If he is found guilty, Blythe could face 5-10 years in prison.
Gelotte commended Blyhte’s handling of the situation: “…he stood up for it and said, ‘I’m here, you know where to find me if there’s anything, I won’t hide. If you guys find a case around this I’ll be there,’ and that’s a standup thing to do.”
Despite Blythe’s daunting predicament, Gelotte said that In Flames would not be changing their stage performance: “We’re really aware of the audience and we try obviously to spur them to stage dive, well maybe not stage dive but to crowd surf and run around a bit. At the same time we have big confidence in the security working because they’re not there to save us from the fans, they’re there to save the fans – maybe from each other sometimes but they’re actually doing a really good job. It’s a lot of big men taking care of small kids, it’s really funny sometimes — they just carry them up with one arm.”
Additionally, Gelotte discussed the band’s plans for 2013: “We have lots of plans actually, there’s going to be a lot of touring – hopefully coming back over here, fairly soon, right after New Year’s. We’re doing the 70,000 tons of metal Caribbean Cruise thingy – weather wise it should be fantastic but I don’t know about the stage conditions and all that. We’ll try to link that to some more touring. We, of course, have the summer festival season coming up and we’re going to try to hit a lot of festivals.”
While Gelotte conceded that In Flames had not yet written any material for a new album, he did explain how he writes a song: “I don’t look for a theme or story or anything, I just go with whatever melodies seems to be bouncing around in this empty head of mind — melodies and riffs and when you just warm up or noodle around, ideas come up.”