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 the rest of us, 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 does for us, what it does for metal in the 21st century. With the genre getting clogged by PVC goofs and Alice in Chains impersonators, Lamb of God balances the equation of power, rage, tradition, and craft. It kills the filler.
Performance CreditsLamb of God Primary Artist
Chris Poland Soloist
Alex Skolnick Soloist
John McKeefrey Dolan Ian Campbell Bass,Group Member
Willie Adler Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Chris Adler Drums,Soloist,Group Member
Randy Blythe Vocals,Group Member
Mark Morton Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist,Group Member
Technical CreditsPlato Author
John Angello Engineer
Todd Parker Producer
Lamb of God Producer
K3n Adams Artwork
Chris Adler Composer
Randy Blythe Composer
Mark Morton Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ashes of the Wake based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
After having scoped out some Lamb of God not too awful long ago, (Wrath), and having really been blown away by their mind blowing metal sound, I decided that I needed to check out some more of their music, starting first with this album. Ashes of the Wake is simply awesome! Even before I was really that into Lamb of God...having previously been pretty skeptical about listening to their music...there were a few songs of theirs that I did know and enjoyed, whether Laid To Rest from off of Guitar Hero Smash Hits or a couple of scattered songs from Wrath...which is inevitably why I think I finally decided to check out some more of their music...and I'm glad I did, cause they freakin shred! I am still not a big fan of what Lamb of God represents lyrically, but they still know how to melt faces. It's like I said in my review for Wrath though, people will believe what they're going to believe, and I can't understand most of what they say anyway, so it doesn't get to me that badly. I believe no differently then what I do now after listening to Lamb of God. I can only pray for the group, but it's still metal at it's finest. Having said that, I can't say, spare a few songs, that I was that huge of a fan of their album Sacrament, cause there were certain songs on it that I didn't like the sound of necessarily, and they were seemingly more vulgar in that one it seems like, and there are really only 2 songs on Ashes of the Wake album and one on Wrath that was any bit vulgar...though it wasn't consistent. Sure, it's just words...but I have always just not much cared for a lot of language in music. I don't know, I guess I just feel that it taints the music or something, but I just don't care that much for alot of vulgarity in what I listen to. To each their own though, I suppose. I am still not a big fan of morbid or blatently Satanic/devil promoting groups either. However, Lamb of God is decent enough...and Wrath & Ashes of the Wake are not too bad...and they don't promote hell or Satan. Wrath and Ashes of the Wake are both brilliantly brutal, in your face metal assaults that I feel I will probably continue to enjoy for quite a while to come. If I had to chose, I'd say that Ashes of the Wake is my favorite of the 2, but both are pretty awesome. Metal heads, scope out this album and Wrath if you are not that familiar with Lamb of God, cause they are the best ones in my opinion...that I have heard anyway. God bless!
This cd is my absolute favorite for one reason. This cd has great sound quality. I have never heard a metal cd with this kind of performance.
this band deserves the metal torch,if you like old thrash metal.you need this record.ive had it a year now,and its never left the stereo
This is indeed another awesome album from Lamb of God. L.O.G. are by far better than most of their peers in both musicianship and songwriting. Although for some reason I liked "As the Palaces Burn" better, this is still one amazing record, and you should go buy it immediately.