Sound — 10
First off, the sound is amazing. From the opening riff to the closing cymbal bash, this album bleeds Metal. They really mixed this well or something because by far Ashes is the best sounding album when played on a CD Player. Not that Sacrament, As Palaces Burn, and New American Gospel are any worse, it just the audio is extremely crisp and sounds awesome on Ashes.
Lyrics — 8
Most of the lyrics on Ashes are like the ones on N.A.G or Palaces. But some of them have a new sound to them. For instance the marine in the Song Ashes of The Wake or Hourglass. All in all, Lamb Of God sticks to similar lyrics while pounding out great sounding music all of the time(or most of it). So all I can say is if you've heard the others, then you can look toward something similar in Ashes. Nonethless Ashes does continue to sound different then all of the other albums.
Overall Impression — 9
In comparison to other artists of the genre L.O.G pulls this one off for sure. In Guitar World I think Chris Adler was quoted as saying: "It's hard for us to do a new tour because every time we go out we end having to play at least one or two songs from Ashes of Wake" or somewhat like that. The reason they have to keep playing them again is because they are good. Honestly there really aren't any songs I would skip at all on this CD. The most impressive songs on this album would probably be Hourglass, Laid To Rest and Omerta. What I love about Ashes is that no matter how many times you listen to it, you will always come back to it sometime. I found that quite common for me with Lamb Of God.