LAMB OF GOD Return to their Roots on 10-Track Album Featuring Covers of Classics by Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, Quicksand, Ministry, Bad Brains, Melvins & More
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As BURN THE PRIEST, the band presents Legion: XX – featuring tracks originally performed by Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, Quicksand, Ministry, Bad Brains, Melvins, S.O.D., The Accused, Big Black and Sliang Laos. The tracks are performed with the unmistakable aura that has kept the band at the forefront of music for two decades, but ultimately harks back to the raw, punk-driven BURN THE PRIEST sound first explored by four unsuspecting Virginia Commonwealth University students and a line cook-turned-vocalist in the mid-90s. Produced with Josh Wilbur at the helm, Legion: XX exhibits BURN THE PRIEST in their true element.
Legion: XX will be officially released on May 11, 2018 via Epic Records and will be available for purchase via all physical and digital retailers. Pre-orders and merch bundles are available now via http://burnthepriest.lamb-of-god.com. On street date, a 7” vinyl version of “Inherit the Earth” featuring a B-side of “In the Meantime” (originally performed by Helmet), will also be available.
“I’ve been an Accused fan since I was 14 when they were on the “Thrasher Skate Rock Volume 3” compilation with C.O.C. and all these amazing crossover bands,” says frontman Randy Blythe. “Our drummer Chris [Adler] is a complete metalhead, and he happened to come upon this record many years later, and I’m like, ‘Dude, I’ve been into this since high school!’ Their singer Blaine Cook was a huge influence on me, vocally.”
Legion: XX track listing:
1. Inherit The Earth (originally performed by The Accused)
2. Honey Bucket (originally performed by Melvins)
3. Kerosene (originally performed by Big Black)
4. Kill Yourself (originally performed by S.O.D.)
5. I Against I (originally performed by Bad Brains)
6. Axis Rot (originally performed by Sliang Laos)
7. Jesus Built My Hotrod (originally performed by Ministry)
8. One Voice (originally performed by Agnostic Front)
9. Dine Alone (originally performed by Quicksand)
10. We Gotta Know (originally performed by Cro-Mags)
Legion: XX is a sonic tribute to metal’s dark, dirty secret — the punk inspiration on all future heavy music to come. Blythe explains: “I have a radio show on Gimmie Radio, and [the station] is all metal shows except for mine. I do the punk rock show because I want to show the direct correlation between my band, and the punk scene going back to The MC5 and The Stooges. There is a direct link — look at old pictures of Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, and they’re wearing Misfits, D.R.I., and C.O.C. t-shirts. They fused the technicality of metal with the intensity of punk rock. Before them, metal was like in slow motion. Speed metal bands were listening to Discharge. I beat that drum all the time when I talk to kids.”
Guitarist Mark Morton articulates the band’s artistic spirit and musical legacy: “We’re proudest of our creative body of work. We’re super protective of what we allow to be LAMB OF GOD. We take this shit seriously, and we still fight and argue over every detail. We don’t slack off, ever. Getting ready to do our eighth album, we know it’s a pretty solid collection of songs. Also, the fact that we’ve been consistent with bandmembers is not easy. It’s like being married to four other people, and we’ve kept it together. That speaks to the consistency and commitment and integrity of the band. I’m proud of how our music touches people in a deep way. It’s really special to be a part of.”
Mark Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums) originally met in 1990 as Virginia Commonwealth University students, and formed BURN THE PRIEST by the winter of 1994. Less than a year later in the summer of 1995, they met vocalist Randy Blythe – and began a journey that would change their lives forever. Their self-titled first album, released via Philadelphia-based Legion Records, documented what was in essence, a primal punk band performing metal. The five-piece eventually chose to stray away from their name to avoid being associated with satanic metal, ultimately choosing the name LAMB OF GOD. The rest, as we know it, is history.