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As The Palaces Burn review

When cinemas turn to moshpits...

What starts out as a routine rockumentary following heavy metal band Lamb of God quickly evolves into something far more interesting in this fly-on-the-waller from Rock School director Don Argott.

Despite kicking off with the expected concert footage, band confessions and fan testimonials, all that’s quickly forgotten when vocalist Randy Blythe is arrested in the Czech Republic on manslaughter charges.

The subsequent court case provides the perfect setting for an examination of the wildness often associated with mosh-pit rock (stage-jumping in particular), and As The Palaces Burn ends up as gripping and unexpectedly moving as anything John Grisham’s ever scribbled.

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Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.