Ashes of the Wake review by Lamb of God

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  • Released: Aug 31, 2004
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (177 votes)
Lamb of God: Ashes of the Wake
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Sound — 8
Lamb Of God, is in a sort a savior in the bands these days where almost every band sounds exactly the same with power chords at drop D, and hardcore growls to sound heavy. Adler and Morton are really good guitarists, but at times the riffs sound frantic, and some do sound the same. It's pretty interesting how they use some middle eastern themes on their records, but it's getting a bit tired. A lot of their riffs could be used as solos, but that's not necissarily a good thing. It's confusing and there are really no riffs that stick with you at the end of the record, but the intricacy (sorry for the spelling) is really refreshing. The drummer is really good, but on albums they seem very weak, and it's not too original considering like every other band out there it's constant battery on the bass drums and nothing too innovative.

Lyrics — 10
Blythe is what really sets this band apart from other metalcore bands out there, his scream and his growls have his distinctive sound. Only a few bands have their own original sound to the screams. Blythe is a great lyricist in my opinion, very political and it does make you think. But only a few lines will stick with you.

Overall Impression — 8
With the complete rarity of great bands these days (Opeth, Chimaira, Unearth just to name a few, very few are un-mentioned). It is worth a place in any metal fans library. Try out some of their songs on guitar or bass and get your ass kicked, but if you do learn their songs you should be proud because they are chaotic and intricate. Overall, pick it up if you don't already have it, Lamb Of God are truly leading the new metal barrage. You should also pick up Opeth's epic Morningrise, or Chimaira's The Impossibility Of Reason.

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