Roughly 30 years ago, Christian punk rock pioneers, The
Lead, released Burn this Record and now the whole thing has been remastered and
re-released with a bunch of previously unreleased bonus track demos.
The Lead are one of those bands that have remained pretty
much a well-kept secret over the years.
From their beginnings in 1984 or so, The Lead released seven different
albums/eps to go along with four other self-released titles before ending up on
Roxx Records to release This Past Behind and Burn this Record in 1989. In 2018, the band released the Again (ep) on Roxx Records and now have
followed it up with this re-release.
The Lead certainly are one of those bands where I look back and wonder how I missed them. I keep seeing the label “Christian punk rock pioneers” applied to them, but especially with Burn This Record, I’m thinking there more like the thrashy-crossover SOD, but with obviously different lyrical content. Musically, most of the songs tend to lean toward the ultra-fast more metal sounding riffs and freight train drumming. Nina Llopis vocals have that challenging, in-your-face punk rock sneer and work really well even in this metal/punk hybrid. A good introduction for the unknowing is the “Skate or Die” lyric video from the remastered version here. Lyrics are boldly Christian and pull no punches, being very straightforward. As I noted on my review of the Again (ep) the songs tend to go on a bit longer than they really should almost as if the band had parts of other songs they couldn’t finish, so they added them into existing tracks. That being said, one component that I do really like in some of these sections are the screaming guitar solos that seem to explode out of the mix, reminding me of some older Greg Ginn craziness.
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