Sound — 10
By far the bands strongest effort to date. It seems signing to a major label and having to write this album in a short amount of time have had little effect on the intensity and content of this album. The album is a work of sheer heaviness that is sonically superior to the bands previous efforts, with crisper, clearer guitar tones and a greater sense of melody.
Lyrics — 10
Lyracally this album deals with matters of politics pertaining to the current US political situation, this can be especially felt in the samples to the the Albums title track. Although not entirely politically charged there is an element of personal reflection to the subject matter, that is colored by well written lyrics. Although the vocal delivery seldom differs from the guttural, heavy metal growls one has come to expect from Lamb Of God, they fully complement the album and its material and are delivered with enough ennunciation to be clearly made out.
Overall Impression — 10
This is a great metal CD that any fan of the genre should take a listen to. On a whole every song on this album flows so well into the next and are all well written, but some of the best tracks are the opener "Laid To Rest", "Omerta", and "Remorse Is For The Dead". One of the finest moments on the album has to be the instrumental "Ashes Of The Wake" which feature guitar solos from both Willie Adler and Mark Morton, as well as guest solos from Chris Poland and Alex Skolnick. If I lost this album I'd definately go out and buy it again.