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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.

Lamb of God, along with Behemoth, Anthrax, and Testament, are currently supporting thrash metal giants Slayer as they embark on their final world tour. But these guys don’t know how to take a break, so while Slayer are kicked back relaxing in their hotel rooms, Lamb of God and Behemoth will be playing some shows on their own. Lucky for Raleigh, The Ritz was chosen to host one of these few select shows. It will feature Lamb of God as the headlining act, with support coming from Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth and West Virginian groove metal band Byzantine.

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.

Byzantine come from Charleston, West Virginia, and play a form of groove and thrash metal that’s akin to Lamb of God. The group split back in 2008, but reformed in 2012, and have released three new albums since their reformation. Their most recent album The Cicada Tree has received praise from fans, and is heavily inspired by American metal acts such as Pantera and Machine Head.

The concert at The Ritz will take place on June 11th, and comes highly recommended to anyone with a penchant for intense live metal shows. If you’re in the NC area and want to catch these bands on the Slayer Farewell Tour, tickets are still available for June 14th at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte. Anyone thinking of attending can expect a high energy performance from all of the bands, a barrage of mosh-pits, and a sore neck from excessive headbanging. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this one.

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