RIAA-certified, Billboard chart-topping, five-time Grammy nominated Richmond, VA 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”. Listen now below.
“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 Epic Records in celebration of Burn The Priest’s upcoming 20th anniversary. Pre-orders and merch bundles are available now at this location and fans can stream “Inherit The Earth” and “Kerosene” at this location. On street date, a 7″ vinyl version of “Inherit the Earth” featuring a B-side of “In the Meantime” (originally performed by Helmet), will also be available.
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.
The tracks on Legion: XX are performed with the unmistakable precision that has kept Lamb Of God 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 beginnings as heavy music giants.
Beginning May 10th, Lamb Of God will tour as support on Slayer’s final world tour, North American legs one and two. Lamb Of God will also perform select one-off festival dates, as well as headline shows featuring support from Behemoth and Napalm Death. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now at this location.
See below for all currently confirmed tour dates. Lamb Of God headline dates falling within are marked with a double asterisk in bold.
(In addition to support from Lamb Of God, Slayer leg one headline dates will also feature support from Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament.)
10 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
11 FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA SOLD OUT
**12 Fox Theater, Pomona, CA – Lamb Of God headliner + Behemoth
13 Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16 Pacific Coliseum Vancouver, BC
17 South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19 Big Four, Calgary, AB SOLD OUT
20 Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB SOLD OUT
22 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
**23 The District, Sioux Falls, SD – Lamb Of God headliner + Behemoth
24 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN SOLD OUT
25 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
27 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI SOLD OUT
29 Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON SOLD OUT
30 Place Bell, Montreal, QC SOLD OUT
1 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT SOLD OUT
2 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
**3 The Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford, CT – Lamb Of God headliner + Behemoth
4 Santander Arena, Reading, PA SOLD OUT
6 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
7 Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9 KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
**11 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC – Lamb Of God headliner + Behemoth
12 Veteran’s United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
14 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15 Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL
16 Montebello Rock Fest, Montebello, QC – Festival Date/Lamb Of God ONLY
17 Smart Financial Center at Sugar Land, Houston, TX SOLD OUT
19 The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX SOLD OUT
20 Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
(In addition to support from Lamb Of God, Slayer leg two headline dates will also feature support from Anthrax, Testament, and Napalm Death.)
26 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH
27 Impact Music Festival, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME
29 Northwell Health at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
31 The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
1 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
3 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake, NY
4 Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY
6 Budweiser Gardens, London, ON
7 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
9 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO
10 Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
12 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
13 Walmart AMP, Rogers, AR
15 Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX
16 The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
**17 Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE – Lamb Of God headliner + Napalm Death
18 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, Denver, CO
19 USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
21 Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, Boise, ID
**22 Knitting Factory Concert House, Spokane, WA – Lamb Of God headliner + Napalm Death
23 Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Portland, OR
24 White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA
26 SAP Center, San Jose, CA