Last month, the dudes in Lamb of God released a lockdown video for their track featuring Testament’s Chuck Billy. Now, the band have dropped a new song, this one a cover of Bad Brains’ “I Against I,” and for this one, they’ve brought FEVER 333 frontman Jason Aalon Butler along for the ride.
“The idea to cover ‘I Against I’ goes back at least 20 years to a camping trip the band was on,” says Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe. “Mark & I were sitting in the back of our buddy’s Jeep ripping through the mountains, Bad Brains was cranking on the stereo, & I was singing along to that particular song. Mark looked over at me & said “We should cover that tune.” So we thought about it for a couple of decades and finally got around to doing it for the Burn The Priest Legion: XX record (hey, sometimes we move a little slow…)
“As we all know, this pandemic has sucked for live music, but the quarantine jams bands have been doing have been pretty fun, especially when you bring in guests. I saw FEVER 333 for the first time at the Sonic Temple fest— I had never listened to them, but I was blown away by their live show. I remember thinking, ‘Man, these dudes are WILD — their energy reminds me of the punk shows I saw in the 80’s,’ and I’ve been friends with those dudes from that day. I even texted Darryl from Bad Brains that afternoon to tell him to check them out. It was only natural to ask Jason to join us & bring that energy to this song by the almighty Bad Brains, my favorite band of all time.”
“It is truly an honor to be a part of this one as I have the utmost respect for Randy and the boys since becoming homies after having my mind blown when I looked over at the side of the stage at Sonic Temple Fest and saw him watching us play,” says Butler. “It’s been a pleasure getting to know him and an honor to rock L.O.G. celebrating one of the most important punk rock/musical acts of all time Bad Brains. From legends to legends to the student. All love.”
Check out Lamb of God’s cover of “I Against I” below:
Lamb of God’s deluxe version of their self-titled album comes out March 26th on Epic Records, and is available for preorder.
“This album, and in particular, this deluxe edition is something I’m incredibly proud of,” says guitarist and coffee fanatic Willie Adler. “Throughout the process of writing, recording, and the subsequent filming of the live stream, I knew we were creating much more than a collection of songs. Much more than a simple streamed performance. This was focused energy. Energy that, to me, is very tangible. And now, more than ever, in an era where human interaction is so limited, art…..be it music, visual, or otherwise, is a human connection point. And we need as much of that as possible! I hope everyone enjoys this deluxe edition as much as we enjoyed creating it. Thank you.”
Words by Chris Krovatin