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Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe On 11 Albums That Influenced Him As A Vocalist

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Everything about Legion: XX, the new album recorded by the members of Lamb of God, makes vocalist Randy Blythe a little nostalgic. The record was released under the band’s original moniker Burn the Priest, which issued its self-titled album almost 20 years ago, shortly before the group changed its name.

All of the songs on the album are covers of tracks Blythe and his bandmates – guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell and drummer Chris Adler – were heavily into and which influenced their songwriting. To decide on the tracklist, which features covers of songs by Big Black, Bad Brains, Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, Ministry, S.O.D. Quicksand, Melvins, The Accused and Slang Laos, each member of Lamb of God submitted a wish list. Then they duked it out to determine the final cut.

For Blythe, it wasn’t wholly indicative of his listening habits in the late ‘90s. While the vocalist was excited to perform songs by Big Black, Agnostic Front and Cro-Mags – bands that were ingrained into his musical vocabulary when he joined, he was on a whole other trip by the time he became Burn the Priest’s vocalist. As a hardcore dude who was playing with a metal band, he was delving into extreme metal, including grindcore, death metal and sludge, but he was also attracted to the more hardcore-oriented sounds of bands on Amphetamine Reptile and Touch & Go. Below, is a list of 11 albums Blythe had on heavy rotation in the days of 1998 before the release of Burn the Priest.

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