This CD is very good. Although it follows the same formula as “As the Palaces Burn” it seems as though there is more added qualities. I could be wrong but to me it seems as if “Ashes of the Wake” contains a cleaner, tighter, sound quality and production allowing the bass guitar to come out more as well as the powerful guitar riffs (which come in the many). The Double bass is consistant and adds an excellent back drop to the guitars. And even though Randy’s voice hasn’t really changed since “As the Palaces Burn” he does change his voice pattern going from his normal growl to death growls and screechs. His voice fits very well with the music even though my friend finds that he could’ve pulled his voice out more I explained to him that it wouldn’t fit with the assaulting guitars and the pounding double bass.
Each song is very well put together and the lyrics are great usually revolving around politics or religion. My favorite track would have to be “Hourglass” I really like the part when the guitar breaks down and pulls a riff and the double bass adds an interesting groove. Then it’s say in a whispering tone “It’s only getting worse” and then Randy screams for a good 10-20 seconds. It’s beautiful. There really isn’t a bad track on here. All of the tracks sorta sound the same but it’s easy to get used to that. It’s only 9 dollars at best buy so what reason would you not to buy this CD? Maybe you don’t like metal but then why would you read this?
GO buy this CD, you won’t regret it.