Sound — 10
As was said by a band member, "When we came out with 'AOTW', people wanted it to soundlike 'ATPB'. When we came out with Sacrament, people wanted it to sound like "AOTW." He continued to say that Lamb of God does not want to continue to sound the same, album after album, and I agree with that. This is yet another evolution of the LoG sound, and it is just as good as Ashes of the Wake, if not better. They are not as heavy as their last album, but they are bringing in new ideas. Willie Adler is starting to create solos, which he hasn't done before, such as the one in "Pathetic." You can definitely tell the difference between Mark and Willie. Chris continues to excel as a drummer, and finds new and interesting ways to fill gaps and set the tone of an entire song.
Lyrics — 10
This is their first album since New American Gospel that is not political. All the songs are more personal, and are easier to connect with. Part of this is the changes that Randy is going through in his life. He is giving up alcohol because he has had enough of his alcoholism. He also shaved his head as a symbol of this. The lyrics are from his dark times as a drunk, and they tell of the sadness of that place that drugs and alcohol bring you. But while the lyrics have changed, Randy's skill has only grown. He is a very talented vocalist, and he carries on as one of the most talented singers in metal today.
Overall Impression — 10
While this album is a slightly different style than their previous one, is is at least as good, or better. If you are not a fan yet, then you need to listen to Ashes of the Wake also. In my opinion though, if you don't like this then you don't appreciate the coming style or metal. Lamb of God is setting a trend, and many bands shall follow in their musical footsteps. No one, though, will truly rise to the level that Lamb Of God has, in guitar and drums and singing. Nobody should go without listening to this, and everyone should have a copy.