- Release date
- 22 Mar 2005
- Running length
- 13 tracks
- Running time
|6||Lies of Autumn||4:48||3,684|
|7||Chronic Auditory Hallucination||3:54||3,411|
|11||Preaching to the Converted||2:22||3,347|
About this album
Lamb of God’s fan cult only grew with 2004’s Ashes of the Wake, the Virginia metal band’s first for Epic, and their hit status prompted this great reissue of their debut full-length. Burn the Priest is as unsubtle as its name implies, a nervy and volatile prototype of the thrash/death/hardcore hybrid that Lamb of God would eventually preach. If Pantera had recorded Vulgar Display of Power for Relapse, it might’ve sounded something like Burn the Priest. Recorded in 1998 with Today Is the Day mastermind and go-to metal producer Steve Austin, it’s a ragged statement of heavy music creativity that pits grunting and screaming death metal vocals against tracks that cut past the brashness, straight to the gristle of metal. Randy Blythe’s varies between a guttural rasp and berserk howl, and the music is always hungry, never satisfied, always trying to add the unexpected twist or taser to the nerve ending that’ll really make things sting. The thrash workout “Bloodletting” uses only what’s required, no filler; “Resurrection #9” slides downhill into a half-time sludge worthy of Earth; and “Suffering Bastard,” “Buckeye,” and “Dimera” reward with powerful melodic hooks even as they’re getting furious on jury-rigged drum pedals. Meanwhile, “Departure Hymn” and “Duane” are oriented more toward songcraft than triggering a visceral response.
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