LAMB OF GOD ASHES OF THE WAKE SONY 2004 - Reviewed by Grim Gaijin
1) Laid To Rest 2) Hourglass 3) Now You've Got Something To Die For 4) The Faded Line 5) Omerta 6) Blood Of The Scribe 7) One Gun 8) Break You 9) What I've Become 10) Ashes Of The Wake 11) Remorse Is For The Dead
The New Wave Of American Heavy Metal has been very active as of late. With upcoming bands such as Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, God Forbid, & Shadows Fall, good ole American Heavy Metal is once again making its mark on the metal scene and leaving a stain of blood as well! Leading the pack of those stellar acts is Lamb Of God, and with the release of their third album, " Ashes Of The Wake" they have proved yet again that metal is alive and here to stay.
With their first release, "New American Gospel" LoG destroyed us with Pantera style riffs and enough hardcore to tame fans of Earth Crisis & Integrity. With their sophomore effort, "As The Palaces Burn", they continued the brutality but added more melodic riffs and crushing time signatures that left ears bleeding all over the world. With "Ashes Of The Wake" they have completely lost their minds to deliver some of the most punishing metal to date. Every song is a gem, but several tracks that stick out are: The Faded Line, Blood Of The Scribe, Ashes Of The Wake, and Remorse Is For The Dead. The definite high point is the instrumental title track, Ashes Of The Wake. Within Ashes is an onslaught of 80's metal riffs and guest solo's by Alex Skolnick (ex-Testament) and Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth). Trust me, it will get your blood pumping and prepare you for Remorse Is For The Dead - The CD's closer track. As "Ashes" ends, it fades into a short accoustic piece that is the start of "Remorse". However, as it's soothness is just about to wind you down, you get smacked in the face with one of the most punishing tracks on the CD. Randy spews, "The dirty lord of the manor surveys his filthy domain" while the rest of the band remains in synch and pulverizes us with a dose of millennium inspired 80's thrash.
Lamb Of God are special in that, if you have never heard of them, you can pick up any of their three CD's and become an instant fan. They started off at the top and continue to climb. Ashes Of The Wake get my vote for metal album of the year, so pick it up and prepare yourself for a thrash metal adventure into the future.
--Grim Gaijin 09.22.04
About this Writer: David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.
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