Chart-topping, five-time Grammy nominated Richmond, Virginia band Lamb of God recently announced the release of their highly-anticipated full-length covers album as Burn the Priest – Legion: XX – a collection of songs reflecting the greatness of the classic punk, hardcore, crossover and noise artists that influenced them in their formative years, executed with their signature modern sound.
Legion: XX features 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. Produced with Josh Wilbur at the helm, Legion: XX exhibits Burn the Priest in their true element.
Following up on the surprise release of their cover of The Accused’s “Inherit The Earth” last month, the band is releasing another blistering track from Legion: XX – a charging cover of Big Black’s “Kerosene”. Scroll down to give it a listen.
“Big Black is a very important band to me,” says vocalist Randy Blythe. “When I was 12 and first listening to punk rock, I thought all punk came from England – but then through skating, I got into Black Flag and Bad Brains. I soon discovered this super-smart American punk rock – very caustic, and deeply sardonic about the murky side of the human experience. That got me into Steve Albini’s future bands Shellac and Rapeman – and all the noisy smart punk rock on labels like AmRep and Touch & Go. ‘Kerosene’ was one of their biggest songs, if they even had one. It speaks to small-town boredom.”
Legion: XX will be released on May 18, 2018 via Nuclear Blast in celebration of Burn the Priest’s upcoming 20th anniversary. Pre-orders of multiple formats are available now through the Nuclear Blast store. The limited edition gatefold vinyl includes a bonus track of “In The Meantime”, originally performed by Helmet.