Sound — 9
The best way to describe this album heavy. Sorry, no other way to say it. A lot of people describe Lamb of God's sound as nu-metal but the first time I listened to their songs I thought I was listen to a death metal album and I don't see why anyone whose into metal in general should not like it. The drumming is pretty impressive and the guitar playing is very original. You'll never hear riffs like from any other band. Case and point is Ashes of the wake. Pretty cool solos too and they also play some weird chord shapes occasionally throughout the album. Thi album single handedly convinced me to take a closer look at my own guitar playing and to think outside the box.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are pretty cool. Very political but nothing groundbreaking in that department. They do however go well with the overall mood of the songs as do the vocals. There are some spoken parts in Omerta and Ashes of the wake which I think are pretty cool. I think there are a lot of vocalist who are better than Randy Blythe but non that would fit in so well with LoG's style.
Overall Impression — 7
There is co song that I particularly disliked, which is pretty rare. The best songs from would have to be Omerta, Hourglass, Blood Of The Scribe and of course Ashes Of The Wake. I'm still not attached enough to this album to break down and cry if it was stolen, which is one reason why I'm only giving it 7/10. The other reason is that if you've never tried to make up a guitar riff in your life you would truly appreciate the guitar work on this album. The same goes for drum. They should have made Ashes of the wake the first track on the album. Overall, this album is definitely worth buying and a great way to start if you're new to Lamb Of God. I can't compare it to any other album because it doesn't sound like any album I've ever listened to. Get this album and enjoy!