BURN THE PRIEST (LAMB OF GOD) – unleash new track ‘Kerosene’
RIAA-certified, Billboard chart-topping, Richmond, VA band LAMB OF GOD may be one of the biggest bands in modern metal, but they will never forget where they came from. Mark Morton (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums) formed the first incarnation of the band, BURN THE PRIEST, in the winter of 1994 after meeting four years earlier as students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Less than a year later, in the summer of 1995, they met vocalist Randy Blythe before adding Chris Adler‘s brother, Willie Adler (guitar), prior to transitioning to LAMB OF GOD – and the rest is global metal history.
Guitarist Mark Morton says, “To truly understand the essence of the band BURN THE PRIEST, one must first consider the landscape in which it began: the mid-90s. Grunge and alternative music ruled the airwaves. Social media and the internet had yet to assume their role as our collective sources for entertainment and cultural exchange. It was a time when DIY ‘zines turned us onto new bands and regional scenes, and ’copy and paste‘ still implied a print shop and a glue stick.”
BURN THE PRIEST‘s self-titled debut album, released via Philadelphia-based Legion Records, documented what was, in essence, a primal punk band performing metal. Ultimately, as they grew in local popularity, the five-piece chose to stray away from their name to avoid being associated with satanic metal, choosing the name LAMB OF GOD.
Morton continues, “As our sound and songs developed, so did our goals… we began playing basement parties and warehouse shows and in doing so, we realized that the energy we were creating was transferable. The shows we played in those squats and warehouses [in Philadelphia] and the people we met there are forever embedded in our collective consciousness and the DNA of our band.”
As they enter their 20th year since releasing their first self-titled album as BURN THE PRIEST, the band will release a full-length covers album that reflects on the greatness of classic punk, hardcore, crossover and noise – rock subgenres that contributed to what LAMB OF GOD – and indeed, the world – now view as modern heavy metal.
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 Richmond punk band SLIANG LAOS. The tracks are performed with the unmistakable precision that has kept the band vital for two decades, but ultimately harks back to the raw, punk-driven sound first explored by four unsuspecting college students and a line cook-turned-vocalist in their formative years. Produced with Josh Wilbur at the helm, »Legion: XX« exhibits BURN THE PRIEST in their true element.
“Our inauspicious beginnings somehow grew into something none of us had ever even imagined possible, let alone aspired to, however, this is the story of BURN THE PRIEST,” adds Morton. “The songs we chose to cover on this album reflect that story. They are touchstones from that point in time. The inspiration we gleaned from these bands and these songs carries through our work and our creative pursuits, even to this day. Many thanks to these bands for lighting our fire and endless gratitude to our fans around the world for keeping it lit.”
»Legion: XX« will be officially released on May 18, 2018 via Nuclear Blast [Epic Records in the US] and will be available for purchase via all physical and digital retailers. Physical pre-orders and merch bundles are available now via: http://nblast.de/BTPLegionXX
Now, fans can listen to the brand new BURN THE PRIEST track ‘Kerosene’, originally performed by BIG BLACK, and cut from »Legion: XX«. Listen here:
MUTOID MAN KICKS OFF COVER SERIES WITH A CHEEKY SPIN ON TOM JONES CLASSIC “SHE’S A LADY”
New lyric video from portuguese deathsters Theriomorphic: “Fire”
Theriomorphic new EP intitled “Of Fire And Light”, it’s already available on the band’s bandcamp page. It’s a digital release with artwork and lyrics in free download. The band has plans to release the EP in other formats, yet to define. With collaborations with Daniel C. (Tod Huetet Uebel), Ivo Martins (Grog) and Miguel Tereso (Primal Attack/Demigod Recordings). Recorded and mixed by Ricardo Queluz in QB Rock Studios. You can watch the lyric video for the song “Fire” below:
This digital edition is released Deathstar Digital, sub label from Dethstar Wreck’ordes, that released their second album, “The Beast Brigade” in CD and co-released the tape version of the first album, “Enter The Mighty Theriomorphic”, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the original release.«Of Fire And Light» can be downloaded in the links below:
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