This album very well may be the best I’ve ever heard. Of course, I have said this before, but this time, I’m going to stick to my guns. Ashes of the Wake has everything. Let’s begin with how this band came to be. Formerly known as Burn the Priest, Lamb of God consisted of only four members, Abe Spear being the guitarist rather than Mark Morton. Soon thereafter, Morton returned from Chicago to replace Abe as the guitarist. Meanwhile, the band had added another guitarist to the band, brother to drummer, Chris Adler, Will Adler. The aforementioned three, vocalist, Randy Blithe, and bassist, John Campbell, began to rise up from the underground Virginian metal scene and become what they are today, a force to be reckoned with. As far as the CD goes, it is a non-stop, riff-packed, double bass drumming thing of beauty. Randy grumbles and howls flawlessly on every track. The whole CD is a highlight, but here are some of my top favorites :
1. Laid To Rest – The album’s first single, however, the video was kind of a disappointment. The beginning of the song is spoken by Randy, normally I wouldn’t like that but for this song it really fits it well. What makes the song so great is the strong riff on the verses. The chorus is almost similar to a shout-along rather than a growl, which is another neat plus.
5. Omerta – This song also begins with a spoken portion, but even though it makes you think, I didn’t find it necessary. That’s just my opinion. Throughout the song, it seems as if Randy’s voice has an echo effect on it, which is pretty cool. My favorite part of the song is around the break when only the drums and guitar are audible. All of the sudden, there is a sweet lead in by Chris and a tempo change.
6. Blood Of The Scribe – This song is chock-full of very high-pitched, almost emo-like, yelps. What really makes the song, for me, is the sixtuplet double kicking layed down by Chris on several occasions.
10. Ashes Of The Wake – The title track has no vocals, but ironically is my absolute favorite of the CD. When I first heard the song, I’d swear I listened to it about 10 times. The five guitar solos, done by guest guitarists Chris Poland and Alex Skolnick, are what make this track one of my favorites out there. The transition riffs and solid drumming also make this song sound awesome.
The only flaw I can really find with this album is that the bass is not powerful enough. Although it may be audible, I hope that on Sacrament, Lamb of God’s new album, in stores August 22, the bass is more powerful and able to carry the band. Overall, if you’re into metal, in fact, even if you’re not into metal, you NEED this album, because this is an album that we will be talking about 10 years from now. Thank you for your time.