Written By Braddon S. Williams
Lamb of God: Ashes of The Wake
Ashes Of The Wake (2004) was Lamb Of God’s coming of age party; their first album on a major label and their first to eventually go gold, which is a major achievement for a metal band in the 21st century.
Ashes Of The Wake continues Lamb Of God’s rise in the ranks of metal’s elite, featuring memorable songs with intelligent and thought provoking lyrics, courtesy of Randy Blythe.
Though the lyrics are brimming with righteous anger and complex ideology, the vocals are straight from the flamethrower throat of Blythe, who possesses a set of vocal chords that seemingly have been sandpapered and doused in molotov cocktails for decades.
The band delivers punishing riffs at hellbent speeds, navigating tricky chord changes, time shifts, and deadly breakdowns with diabolical precision.
From the crushing opener, Laid To Rest, to the vicious closer Remorse Is For The Dead, there is no weakness and no letdown of intensity.
The title track is an instrumental showcase for the band that features guest guitar solos from Alex Skolnick of Testament and Chris Poland (ex Megadeth shredder).
If you like your metal brutal and unapologetic, Lamb Of God is a blast of American rage that takes no prisoners.