Blythe started working on the VII: Sturm und Drang
album soon after writing a book about his experience being locked up in a Czech prison, where he faced manslaughter charges after a fan died at a Lamb of God concert (he was cleared of the charges). He wrote two songs about this experience while he was in jail ("Still Echoes
"), but as he explained in his Songfacts interview
, he had no interest in revisiting it once he started working with his bandmates.