reLight the fire
Chris Adler goes back to his roots
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…