11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 22-26, 2023

20th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 20-30, 2023

As The Palaces Burn

USA, 2014 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2014
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Thu, Apr 10 9:30 PM Buy


Hard touring, thrash metal supergroup Lamb of God are a force to be reckoned with. Legions of fans flock to the group’s high-octane and thundering shows. Vocalist Randy Blythe credits the band with saving his life, and after the group wraps up a global tour, he fi nds himself fighting for it. Charged with the death of a fan at one of the group’s shows, Blythe finds himself facing a lengthy sentence in a Czech prison. What started as a band portrait quickly becomes a nail-biting legal thriller.

Director Don Argott (whose previous film, LAST DAYS HERE, was a 2012 CUFF favourite) has been granted rare access to the band, creating an intimate portrait of the relationships and conflicts that make Lamb of God tick. Both exciting music doc and tense thriller, AS THE PALACES BURN is an essential doc and a metal fan must-see.

Skpe Q&A will follow the screening with director Don Argott


IDFA 2013

press for As The Palaces Burn

"A moving portrait of a genuinely, unexpectedly brave man ... tense and fascinating ... metamorphoses from slam-dancing rock doc to gripping courtroom drama."
- Time Out, 4 Stars
"So many moments in the last half hour will raise every hair on your body...It’s always more than just music and this is more than just a film."
- Metal Hammer Magazine


Documentary / Music

121 Minutes


Don Argott

Sheena M. Joyce



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