Sound — 9
This CD has some of the best sound I've ever heard in an album. Chris Alder worked some insane drum beats and fills into the music, and John Campbell played more of the melody along with Willie and Mark. The guitars put in harmonized parts that really complimented Randy Blythe's growling, and the bass sounded very crunchy, to go along with the drums. And unlike As the Palaces Burn, you could actually hear the drums and bass clearly. 01. Laid To Rest - one of my favorite songs on this album, it mixes in overlapping guitar and bass, along with awesome drums to back it all up. 02. Hourglass - this song really got me obsessed with Lamb of God. There's a lot of different changes that make it better to listen to, instead of the same riffs over and over again. This song also has an awesome bass part, and being a bass player myself, this song sure did keep me busy for a while. 03. Now You've Got Something To Die For - I never really liked this song at first, but after listening to it for a while, all of the fast changes and screaming vocals just got to me. 04. The Faded Line - this is another song that I didn't like at first, but the mini chromatic scales and constant double bass drumming changed my mind. Even though it is pretty repetitive, it's still a cool song. 05. Omerta - for a slow song, it kicks ass pretty hard. The very beginning makes you wonder what Omerta really means, and Randy's high pitched screaming really compliments the guitars. 06. Blood Of The Scribe - this song has some of the coolest guitars I've heard in a long time. The bass sounds very good playing along with the melody, and the drums hold all of it in place. 07. One Gun - a pretty good song, with droning guitars and constant mind blowing drumming. 08. Break You - a very good song, with amazing guitar and bass. Randy really shows his range of voice in this song too, from is low rumbling to his high pitched growly screaming. 09. What I've Become - I really don't like this song. Too different in sound from the rest of the album. It would've sounded better on Sacrament, I think. 10. Ashes Of The Wake - this song is amazing. When I first heard it I was just blown away by all of the crunching bass, blaring guitar solos, and awesome drums. I've probably listened to it over a hundred times now. If your a guitar or bass player, this song will frustrate you out of your mind at first, but once you get a hang of it, it's just amazing. 11. Remorse Is For The Dead - my absolute favorite song on this album, it starts out slow and creepy, but then builds up into a... I don't know how to explain it. A great finishing song, though, the way it ends at a decresendo.
Lyrics — 10
Because of this album, Lamb of God is my new favorite band. Randy's screaming voice is the most unique I've ever heard from a band, unlike Howard Jones' more ordinary screaming or Corey Taylor's infuriated screams and growls. Growling goes along with the crunch of the other instruments very well, I think. Much better then melodic singing or loud yelling, like Shadows Fall. Besides the singing going along with the music, this album is uber-political. Take Ashes of the Wake, even though there's only like 30 seconds of vocals in the whole song, they really reflect the war in Iraq and what we're doing to the people there. It seems like the new trend for bands these days is to spread the word against politicians and the government. But who cares, it makes good music.
Overall Impression — 10
This album defietly lives up to the standards I had after As The Palaces Burn. The sound, the singing, the meaning, and even the cover art. The cover art is freakin awesome, in my opinion. This album completely destroys all thoughts I had of other albums from different artists that I thought were amazing. I still can't believe the songs Ashes Of The Wake, Hourglass, and Remorse Is For The Dead. Of the whole album, those songs probably had the best sound, screaming, and the deepest meaning. The only thing I didn't like about this album was What I've Become. I still think it would've sounded better on Sacrament or even New American Gospel. If I lost this album, then I would definetly spend all of my money getting another copy plus maybe 10 other backup copies, just in case I lost it again.