Sound — 9
Alright, Lamb Of God are massive, as they are going to show us their new DVD Walk With Me In Hell, thanks to 2006 album Sacrament. They probably wouldn't the confidence to push themselves if it weren't for 2004's Ashes Of the Wake. As far as guitars go, this living proof that you don't always need solos to blow people away. Although Mark Morton and Will Adler don't do any solos 'til track seven. Their rhythm (and memory) gives over-cocky lead guitarists a lesson in embarassment. You try mastering Now You've Got Something To Die For. The sound is great, really crisp guitar sounds not over-polished by Pro Tools. As for the rhythm section, Chris Adler can really bang that snare and those cymbals. John, the bassist? I don't think he had grey hair in 2004.
Lyrics — 8
Even the biggest death metalheads didn't have a bloody clue want Randy Blythe was screaming about in Black Label, back in 2000, but here he is way more understandable. Put it this way; if manbearpig was a metal band frontman, he would have Blythe's voice (I mean that in a good way). His doom metal voice is deeper than the twilight zone and his scream sounds like that of a banshee, but that's sometimes annoying in songs like Blood Of The Scribe. Some people prefer Ashes... than to Sacrament, because of Ashes' topic on political matters rather than the self-conscious Sacrament. Blythe growls his political beliefs in "dying with honour" in Now You Got Something To Die For. But even when he's not political you'll still love he roars "see who gives a f--k!"
Overall Impression — 9
Laid To Rest, a wailing harmonic riff and blythe practically spitting in your face, awesome intro to Ashes Of The Wake. Hourglass, Testament-style thrash, not really with a standard structure, but who cares? Now You've Got Something To Die For, my favourite LOG song, with everything you could want (except a solo), and breakdown that's to die for: that bad pun was not intended.