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Burn The Priest is the original incarnation of Lamb Of God. To celebrate twenty years since the release of Burn The Priest’s self-titled debut album, Lamb of God have resumed their original name to bring us a punk-ridden cover album of songs that inspired their early work, Legion: XX.
Legion: XX features ten punk/hardcore classics from the 1980s-mid 90s, from the likes of Bad Brains, Agnostic Front, and Ministry. It’s clear that all members of Lamb Of God had a lot of fun making this. The playful harmonics of Inherit The Earth, and the high speed drums and sweeping guitar solos of I Against I combine with punchy bass in tracks like One Voice to make Legion: XX an invigorating interpretation of some hardcore punk mainstays.
Legion: XX is as cool as cover albums get. It’s refreshing to hear such enthusiasm from a longstanding band.
Although performed with due homage, Burn The Priest has made these songs their own. Their cover of Ministry’s Jesus Built My Hotrod is quirky and fun, but is a significant departure from the familiar track. Overall, Burn The Priest have dialled down the frenetic rawness of the punk sound in favour of tighter metal refinement, as can be recognised on tracks like Honey Bucket, which is rendered considerably more polished in performance and production than The Melvins’ 1993 original.
Comparisons aside, Legion: XX is as cool as cover albums get. It’s refreshing to hear such enthusiasm from a longstanding band. A worthy excursion into one of the alternative genre pillars that built Lamb Of God.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Kerosene, I Against I, One Voice
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Lamb Of God, any of the bands covered.