re­Light the fire

Chris Adler goes back to his roots

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

Chris Adler has just dropped a new record, but it’s not strictly speak­ing new ma­te­rial from Lamb of God.

And no, it’s not a fol­low-up to Adler’s work with Me­gadeth ei­ther.

In­stead, Adler and his Lamb Of God band­mates have dug deep into the past, way back to Burn The Priest, the orig­i­nal in­car­na­tion of the band which was formed in 1994.

To mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the de­but Burn The Priest record, the band has recorded a batch of cov­ers which re­flect where they came from; we’re talk­ing pun­ish­ing hard­core, clas­sic punk and more.

The 11-track al­bum, en­ti­tled Le­gion:XX, fea­tures cuts orig­i­nally recorded by The Melvins, Bad Brains, Hel­met, Big Black and many more.

Dis­cussing some of his favourite tracks from the record, the drum­mer tells Rhythm: “[The Ac­cused’s] In­her­itTheEarth hit me in the face soon af­ter I man­aged to get my grubby mitts on the al­bum some­time around ’88. I got the Ac­cused record at a Yel­low Ba­nana record store on Route 1 south of DC while en route back from my ‘coun­selor’ to my home in Wood­bridge, Vir­ginia. I got home and grabbed my board and I rocked it on my Dis­c­man.

“At about 2:12 into the tune the clouds parted above me and on a loud­speaker, God bel­lowed down to me, ‘RE­CEIVE YOUR PUR­POSE!’ That was the mo­ment I knew that if I tried hard enough, I could con­vey my­self and how I felt with mu­sic. It will never be ‘ours’, and we know that about all the tunes we’ve cov­ered, but hope­fully one of them will hit you in the face as I had been, and God will part the clouds for you, too.”

Le­gion:XX is re­leased on 18 May through Nu­clear Blast.

Chris Adler is back with Lamb Of God, who are back as Burn The Priest…

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