Preview: Lamb of God Return as Burn the Priest
New Album, New Tour, and a Bonus Giveaway
By: Caleb Kerns
Lamb of God have been a staple in the American metal scene since the early 2000’s, but the group actually got their start in the 90’s as Burn the Priest. Burn the Priest released one self-titled album before changing their name and signing with Prosthetic Records. The group decided to make the change after switching out one of their guitarists, along with their desire to dissociate themselves from satanic metal acts. The band got their start in RIchmond, Virginia, and rose to fame with albums such as Ashes of the Wake, which was certified gold by the RIAA. They’ve toured the world multiple times and have played at several festivals, in addition to supporting major acts such as Metallica and Megadeth throughout the years. Drummer Chris Adler also played with Megadeth from 2015 to 2016, and can be heard on their album Dystopia.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their sole release as Burn the Priest, the band will be releasing an album of cover entitled Legion: XX under their old moniker, which comes out this Friday, May 18. The album pays tribute to their roots by covering a series of thrashy, hardcore punk songs. Of course, the band isn’t afraid to add their own touch to the songs for some added heaviness. Just listen to their cover of “Inherit the Earth” by The Accüsed and see for yourself.
Behemoth are gods among the black/death metal scene. The group has been around since the early 90’s and has been at the center of various controversies over the years. Many concerts have been cancelled due to religious protests, and in 2010, frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski faced blasphemy charges in his home country of Poland after he ripped apart a bible on stage during a performance. The band has persevered through all trials and tribulations and continue to dominate the scene. Their latest album, suitably titled The Satanist, was released in 2014, and the group recently released their third live DVD titled Messe Noire.