Burn the Priest
Burn the Priest


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
May 15th, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Listeners’ take a step down well known band Lamb of God’s memory lane where there are some tight and steady levels of musicianship shown over the length of the record.

Most members of the metal community will at least have heard of Lamb of God. But before Lamb of God there was Burn the Priest, a name within its own rights but relatively unknown outside of the LOG circle. Listeners will immediately notice the overall energy displayed by the bands members over the entire length of the album. The music is fast paced and wildly aggressive without losing the main levels of its appeal. This is reinforced by the instrumentation and its quality throughout the album; this being a main highlight of the album. However listeners can expect the usual up’s and downs of many debut albums across many genres and as such does not break the usual train.

The positives, which thankfully outweigh the negatives along the course of the album, can be seen in the instrumentation from the likes of Chris Adler who has developed a steady and very groove based playing style. While not losing any of the added intensity he creates a very interesting listen that may cause a few listeners to focus on the music behind the vocal styling. There are also many guitar riffs and patterns that should grab the listeners’ attention, maintaining them with highly distorted patterns, and intricate riff lines from the likes of Mark Morton and Abe Spear (Spear, who separated with the band shortly after completing this album). This can all be found in album opener ‘Bloodletting’ which is full of intensity its entire length and further reinforces the bands overall intensity over the length of one track. The album clocks in at just over half an hour just short enough not to grow tiring on the listener and ensure the listeners attention throughout. Listeners should pay attention to how ‘tight nit’ the rhythm section is over the length of the record showing a quality rhythm section that supports the band in its entity.

While the musicianship on the album is of a high quality there does remain some features that drop the overall level of the album. These flaws can be found in the primary source of the vocal styling of one Randy Blythe. Blythe’s vocal technique many will have become familiar with over the course of his career under the band’s name of Lamb of God and this creates a comparison problem between records/bands. Where Blythe’s vocal are more diverse and kind of unique in Lamb of God, his vocals remain high pitched and shrieking throughout the ‘Burn the Priest’ record. This feature alones creates an issue with the listener in a negative light.

This self titled debut may not be the best thing ever released by the underground metal community but those familiar with Lamb of God’s workings should check this out, even just to see where it all started. From start to finish listeners can expect excellent musicianship incorporated into the intensity being shown here.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2011


31620 Comments


But before Lamb of God there was they were named Burn the Priest


Fix this

a name within its own rights but relatively unknown.


Left on its own this sentence makes no sense. Add to it, like "relatively unknown outside the more mainstream circles that LOG swam in" or something like that

without losing the main levels of its listen ability.


Re-word this, "listen ability" just doesn't work

This is reinforced by the instrumentation and its quality throughout the album; this being a main highlight of the album


You don't need a semi-colon here, a comma will suffice

However listeners can expect the usual up’s and downs of many debut albums across many genres and as such does not break the usual train.


What are these ups and downs? Explain

The positives, which thankfully outweigh the negatives along the course of the album, can be seen in the instrumentation from the likes of Chris Adler who has developed a steady and very groove based playing style while not losing any of the added intensity he creates makes for a very interesting listen that may cause a few listeners to focus on the music behind the vocal styling’s.


Run-on, so break it up. Also a lot of this needs re-wording.

The positives, which thankfully outweigh the negatives, can be seen in the instrumentation, from the likes of Chris Adler who has developed a steady and very groove based playing style. While not losing any of the added intensity he creates, this makes for a very interesting listen that may cause a few listeners to focus on the music over the vocal styling’s.


would work a lot better

This can all be found in album opener ‘Bloodletting’ which is full of intensity its entire length and further reinforces the bands overall intensity over the length of one track.


Comma after "intensity"


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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2011


31620 Comments



The album clocks in at just over half an hour just short enough not to grow tiring on the listener and ensure the listeners attention throughout. Listeners should pay attention to how ‘tight nit’ the rhythm section is over the length of the record showing a quality rhythm section that supports the band in its entity.


First off, this sentence just comes out of nowhere. Secondly, it's "tight knit", and thirdly I think you meant "entirety" not "entity"

These flaws can be found in the primary source of the vocal stylings of one Randy Blythe.


Loose what I bolded and add the "s" at the end of "styling"

Blythe’s vocal technique many will have become familiar with over the course of his career under the band’s name of Lamb of God and this creates a comparison problem between records/bands.


Start the sentence with: "many will have become familiar with Blythe's vocal technique....."

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2011


7127 Comments


Fuck, lack of proofreading is smacking in the side of the head like a sledge hammer.

dimsim3478
May 15th 2011


5410 Comments


Pos'.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2011


7127 Comments


Thanks Dimsim, even if i don't know why even after Dev ripped me a new one.

AfterTheBreakdown
May 15th 2011


7172 Comments


Nice review as usuall pos. This album is pretty cool to listen to once in a while.

JustinKing
May 15th 2011


1367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pos'd, bro. I remember this album. I don't like it as much as ANYTHING else by Lamb of God, but in its own right, it is a very respectable and competent debut.

thumbcrusher
May 15th 2011


3607 Comments


good review as they always are now ipod :-) , but if i were to criticise it would be the bits of it kind of read like an instruction manual to the album or a museum tour. i like a bit of info but i think it's the "listeners" and the "can be seen/found"s make it sound a bit mechanical.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2011


7127 Comments


Thanks guys, i think this one's a bit sloppy. Even as far as my writing goes.

Spec
May 15th 2011


27298 Comments


Lamb Of God? Umm...

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2011


7127 Comments


Maybe Less offensive?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2011


7127 Comments


Im sure somebody somewhere would find offence.
Sup Det?

MO
May 15th 2011


19077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoy this album. Memories.

ianjulian
May 15th 2011


637 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Randy Blythe. brutal

bowlofsoup
May 15th 2011


1073 Comments


Another good review man. The album brings back awesome memories, and I really need to listen to it again for the sake of actually rating it. pos'd

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2011


6339 Comments


glad you re-wrote this (i reckon...)

good review, pos.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2011


21600 Comments


Good review as I've come to expect from you, have another pos.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2011


8391 Comments


Seriously dude, I don't want to sound like a dick, but slow the fuck down. You churn out a new review every other day and although you have improved, like Dev's crit here proves, you still make a lot of mistakes. Sentence structure is my main issue and it sometimes looks like you don't even want to improve in that field because review after review you make the same mistakes that really aren't that hard to notice. Also, and especially since English is your first language, proofread. If you can't do it yourself, let someone else who is a good writer do it. We even have a thread for that in the help forum so you can use that too. Like people have already pointed out to you in the past, silly and recurring grammatical mistakes really put the reader off and make reading your reviews a chore.

Use the critique you are given more and take time with your reviews, because

Fuck, lack of proofreading is smacking in the side of the head like a sledge hammer.
oh wow I wonder whose fault this is. I also read somewhere that you are striving to be a contributor in the future. Let me tell you right away that it will never happen unless you learn the "quality over quantity" rule.

Darkvoid67
May 16th 2011


383 Comments


^He says, sounding like a dick. I agree, didn't like the review, didn't like the album or the band which followed especially. And, if you want to become a contributor, stop reviewing stuff someone else has attempted

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2011


7127 Comments


Noted.



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