Ashes of the Wake [DualDisc]

Ashes of the Wake [DualDisc]

by Lamb of God
     
 

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Come now, let us all genuflect before Lamb of God, for to them we owe our metal souls. In the fat rat-infested, decrepit tenement called Heavy Rock Manor, the Virginia-based shock unit is one of the few groups striving to keep the power on and the hallways clear of gluttonous rap-rock/post-grunge False Marias. Yes, yes, Ashes of the Wake arrives via Epic Records, but

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Come now, let us all genuflect before Lamb of God, for to them we owe our metal souls. In the fat rat-infested, decrepit tenement called Heavy Rock Manor, the Virginia-based shock unit is one of the few groups striving to keep the power on and the hallways clear of gluttonous rap-rock/post-grunge False Marias. Yes, yes, Ashes of the Wake arrives via Epic Records, but this only will inflame the ire of the ignorant. For everyone else, Lamb's ascendance to the majors melts a little more of the crap rock golden calf. Where previous efforts were fully automatic hot LZs, they were also slightly muddled for the very same reason. They fired in all directions. With Ashes, producer Machine has sharpened the corner of every riff and tightened the turns on classicist metal gallops. Best of all, Randy Blythe's furious yawp is more focused. Rather than simply being another scary-voice shouter, Blythe becomes Lamb of God's threshold-of-pain conduit. "Laid to Rest" begins with his measured statements -- "If there was a single day I could live...I'd trade all the others away" -- flanked by the at-odds guitars of Willie Adler and Mark Morton. But then Blythe unleashes his demonic throat, and the guitars leap over and across one another like basilisks on a prowl for ibex kids. "Hourglass" offers more, its interlocking rhythms and breakdowns harking to the dark lands of Scandinavia. But it doesn't go all the way there. This is American metal, after all, meaning that, in the tradition of Pantera and Poison the Well, large-form grandiosity is sacrificed in favor of a muscularity derived from hardcore and hard living. The aptly named "Omerta" begins with that code's reading. "Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward." It proceeds to stalk slowly into gear, the sound of a wounded man coming after his would-be murderers. "Blood of the Scribe" refits death metal's cadence for a leaner, meaner era; the less than subtle "Now You've Got Something to Die For" offers the kids a new unifying chant, not to mention some spectacularly martial instrumental breaks. Drummer Chris Adler really shines here, with Machine ensuring his snare is a steely bullet fired by viscous double bass gunpowder. Instrumental freaks will swallow the title track whole. Guest soloists Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Chris Poland (Megadeth) each get a taste, alongside Morton and Adler -- their insane fretting sounds like a city exploding. That's what Lamb of God do for us, what they do for metal in the 21st century. With the genre getting clogged by PVC goofs and Alice in Chains impersonators, Lamb of God balance the equation of power, rage, tradition, and craft. They kill the filler. [The 2005 DualDisc edition features the entire album in 5.1 Surround, music videos, band interviews, and a documentary.]

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Elisabeth Vincentelli
Thrash metal meets political dissent on Lamb of God's thrilling, musically complex new album. (B+)

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969416228
catalogNumber:
94162

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Performance Credits

Lamb of God   Primary Artist
Chris Poland   Soloist
Alex Skolnick   Soloist
John McKeefrey Dolan Ian Campbell   Bass
Chris Adler   Drums
Randy Blythe   Vocals
Mark Morton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

John Campbell   Composer
John Agnello   Engineer
Jeffrey Frederick   Producer
Lamb of God   Producer
Kryssy Bloch   Creative Services Coordinator
Joseph Roeder   Creative Services Coordinator
Chris Adler   Composer
Randy Blythe   Composer
Mark Morton   Composer
Piero Giramonti   Producer
Mike Nack   Authoring
Marc Stecker   Authoring
Richard J. Alcock   Producer
Calvin Aurand   Producer
Cheryl Frohlich   Producer
Jacklyn Jablkowski   Producer

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