Sound — 10
If anyone has ever listened to Lamb Of God, their immediate first impression is usually somewhere along the lines of 'Holy Shit!' Whether or not someone is a fan, no one can deny Lamb Of God's unrelentless deliverance of complex vocal lines, anarchist driven lyrics, political influence, hypnoticly thumping bass lines, machine gun drums, and of course Mark Morton's mind blowing guitar lines.
Lyrics — 7
Randy Blythe definately does something special when it comes to vocals. Blythe brings a new edge to the vocalism of heavy metal, often defined by his strange ability to scream in 'key'. His vocals tend to drone as a sort of ambiance complementing the instrumentals by working in many different rhythm patterns at once. The only problem with Randy is that there is absolutely no way to decifer what he is saying just by listening on New American Gospel.
Overall Impression — 10
The Black Dahlia is my favorite song on this ablum. It adds a new twist to more traditional thrash roots by adding in an uncommon complexity in the guitar riffs that is not over exagerated as the main focus, but instead compliments everything else in the song. This CD is a must own for anyone who has any intrest in the band.