Most live albums and songs are usually considerably worse than the actual studio produced songs and recordings. This is one of the exceptions. The songs on this CD, in my opinion, are just as good as the recorded ones. However, Lamb of God has always maintained that they want to be known as a live band so the production on their albums is always a little lack luster but I think that just adds to the raw brutality that is Lamb of God.
This CD really showcases Randy’s vocal talents as well as the rest of the band’s skills. However, Randy really stands out to me. Listen to the studio recording of Ruin and then listen to the live version. The opening howl is so much better live which I find hard to believe. It seems like a howl like that would be better when it has the chance to be worked on. Randy’s screams will simply send chills throughout your body.
Overall, this album is probably a good place for people to start listening to Lamb of God. This is pretty much what the actual CDs sound like so it’s just like a greatest hits album.