Lamb of God surprised fans this week when they started teasing their roots as Burn the Priest online. It is a name embedded in the band’s lore that has been largely left untouched since those days.
The secret is now out, though, and Lamb of God have been flirting with the release of Legion XX, a full-length covers album featuring the band embracing its origins with readings of songs by Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, Quicksand, Ministry, Bad Brains, Melvins, S.O.D., The Accused, Big Black, and Richmond punk band Sliang Laos.
Guitarist Mark Morton writes:
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.
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.
Legion XX will be released on Epic Records on May 18. Watch a video below of Burn the Priest covering The Accused‘s “Inherit the Earth,” and pre-order Legion XX here.