Lamb of God
Ashes of the Wake


4.0
excellent

Review

by kyle_banks1313 USER (1 Reviews)
August 6th, 2005 | 53 replies | 9,281 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

"The roots of Lamb of God were planted in 1990 when Mark Morton, Chris Adler and John Campbell were floor mates at Virginia Commonwealth University. The trio began playing at Adler's house in Richmond weathering chilly conditions. "There was no heat at the house," recalls Campbell. "We would freeze our asses off, get really drunk and hang around the kerosene heaters trying to write metal songs. Kerosene fumes and Black Label beer were definitely what fueled our early days."

After graduation, Morton moved to Chicago to pursue a master's degree, but the band continued. A new guitarist, Abe Spear, replaced Morton as the band retired its instrumental sound and added Blythe on vocals.

The quartet, known then as Burn the Priest, became a fixture in the tightly-knit Richmond music scene. To compete with the high-level of musicianship displayed by their contemporaries, the band adopted a rigid practice schedule. "To this day, we practice five days a week out of necessity," says Campbell. "The bands in Richmond can flat outplay you and if you don't practice, they will blow you off the stage. Bands like Breadwinner and Slanglouse - two local math-metal bands - could play insanely complicated music note perfect. They inspired us to raise the bar musically and taught us the work ethic we needed to be a success."

The band was playing around Virginia when Morton moved back from Chicago and re-joined the group. Soon after, Burn the Priest released a self titled full length album on Legion Records. Abe left soon after, which opened a spot for guitarist, and brother to Chris - Willie Adler.

A year after the second Adler joined, Burn the Priest changed its name to Lamb of God and signed a record deal with Prosthetic Records." This is a quick Bio of Lamb Of God found at http://www.lamb-of-god.com/ashes2/info/bio.php.


In my opinion this is Lamb Of God at their finest. So with no further adue, I shall begin my review.


1. Laid To Rest- The album kicks off with an excellent song. Laid to Rest is the first single on the album. In my opinion it is Lamb of God's best song. It starts with some crazy guitar playing and into some great drumming. The vocals in this song are fantastice. This is a must love song for any LoG fan. Definately a great start to a great album. 5/5

2. Hourglass- This one kicks off with more great guitar and drum playing. The vocals in this one are definately below par in my opinion. The lyrics are pretty good and the vocals do get better near the end. The end of the song is very well done it ends with some crazy guitar playing and some good singing. A decent song, 3.5/5

3. Now You've Got Somthing To Die For- As usual this song starts with some awsome guitar and drum playing. The vocals are very well done while the lyrics are very repetitive. This whole song is very good but it is also very repetitive in lyrics and instruments. Overall a good sog 4/5.

4. The Faded Line- This is a slower song than others on this album. Although it isn't slow it is slower than the previous songs. The intro isn't as well done as other songs but still pretty good. The vocals are very well done as well as the lyrics. 4/5.

5. Omerta- This is my leaste favourite song on the CD. It is slightly boring in my opinion. It opens up with an interesting little...thing... talking about hounor and such. It then goes into a decent guitar and drum intro. I couldn't stand the lyrics in this song. The constant yelling of "Omerta!!" got very old very fast. Overall a poor song with an interesting meaning. 3/5

6. Blood of the Scribe- Starts with a good, not great guitar intro similar to every other LOG song. It goes into some top-notch screamo-ish singing, and some slower guitar playing. Some good screams and definately some good lyrics. The end of the song is also wel done. A very well done song. 4/5

7. One Gun- A GREAT song. It has an interesting transition of fast and slow guitar playing in the intro. It goes into some very good singing. Im not a fan of the lyrics in this song but its still very good. The end is the best ending on this whole CD. It has an almost arabic feel to it. 4.5/5

8. Break You- This song definately has the shortest intro on the album. It starts with about 1 second of guitar then goes straight to the vocals. This is one of the slower songs on the album. The meaning is quite good and the lyrics are well done. Break You is a pretty good song, but nothing special. 3.5/5

9. What I've Become- This song goes back to the crazy intros with well done guitars and drummung. The singing is very good, and the lyrics are terrific. There is a very good guitar solo about 1:20 into the song. The end is the only complaint i have about the song. It is abrupt and dull in comparison to the other songs on this album. 4/5

10. Ashes of the Wake- The title of the album. This starts off with the familiar intro, and goes into another dialogue similar to the one in "Omerta", about the war in Iraq. It explains how the army killed many innocent civilians in Iraq because they were prejudice against all arabic looking people. It then goes back into a long instrumental, with some excellent guitar playing and some good drumming. This song has THE best guitar playing out of all the songs on the album, in my opinion. I am sure many people will agree with me on that point. This song is the longest song on the album, wich is great because it has the best guitar of all the songs, but it would have been nice o have some singing. About 5:00 into the song their is another dialogue by the same guy about how he doesnt want to kill any innocent people and he refuses to do so. So! 5:44 of amazing guitar playing, but no singing. I love this song but i can see some people hating it. 4.5/5.

11. Remorse is for the Dead- This is a very VERY slow song at the start wich is nce for the final song on this classic album. After about 1:15 it suddenly goes into some crazy guitar singing and some awsome vocals. The lyrics are great and the meaning is very good. At 5:15 into the song the vocals go all wacky and everything goes very weird into an almost aquatic feel, then it ends. 3.5/5.

SO! I'm done my first review. I'm glad i did it for this album because it is one of my favourie albums ever. I love LOG and this is my fav album byu them. Please leave me some feedback on how i did and some tips for future reviews.

Peace Out!


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Shadows
Moderator
August 7th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

For a first review, you did an excellent job. Keep it up.

However, I can't say I agree with your review (you may have noticed by looking at mine). People say they have a unique sound and play very technicle music. Their guitarists are mediocre at best, their drummer is pretty good, and they have deifintely mastered the art of recycling and repeating riffs.

But don't let me get you down. You did a good job.

Priestmetal
August 7th 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album is not so great. Every song sounds the same and if it wern't for Chris Poland, the instrumental song Ashes of the Wake would suck. Pretty good review for your first though.

kyle_banks1313
August 8th 2005



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys but just one thing? How can you not like LOG they are awsome. I understand that lots of their songs may seem the same, you just have to truely listen to them a few times and you'l see their are very big differences. Anyway, Lamb of God rules all!

Peace Out!

Priestmetal
August 8th 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Theres much more interesting music that is just as heavy.

Shattered_Future
August 8th 2005



1540 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Ah, Lamb Of God...worst 10 bucks I ever spent.

Don't get me wrong, it starts off good...then goes downhill after the second song.
Boring, repetitive riff patterns that appear the same throughout the album and
subpar guitar playing make up the bulk of this release. If it weren't for their
drummer, and Randy's vocals, this would be unlistenable. However, these 2 propel
it out of the depths of hell, into just above it.

Buy anything else...money would be much better spent.

I have all of their albums too, which is the odd thing...

However, your review was good. Keep it up.
This Message Edited On 08.08.05

masada
August 8th 2005



2733 Comments


I basically think what everyone else has said.

Lamb of God are hyped up to be more than what they really are.

kyle_banks1313
August 8th 2005



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just don't see what you find so bad about them. I know that most of their songs do get repitive and eventually they may become boring but they still have some kick-a$$ songs.


Shadows
Moderator
August 9th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

[QUOTE=kyle banks1313]I understand that lots of their songs may seem the same[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=kyle banks1313]I know that most of their songs do get repitive and eventually they may become boring[/QUOTE]
I think you've answered your own questions. These guys would've had a good, original sound, but their songwriting skills (or lack thereof) prevailed. Riffs are recycled and repeated beyond belief. The guitar playing is definitely worthless, as it's the same sets of palm muted riffs over and over. Like S_F said, if it weren't for the vocals and drumming, this album would be completely worthless. It's so over hyped for reasons I don't see it just makes me want to tear my hair out.This Message Edited On 08.09.05

masada
August 9th 2005



2733 Comments


Chugga chugga chugga!
Double bass double bass!
Roar!

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Shadows
Moderator
August 9th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

That somes up all of the first song. And the song after. And the song after. and...you get the idea.

This makes me want to redo my LoG review.

masada
August 9th 2005



2733 Comments


I've begun to question whether or not double bass should even exist anymore.

"Hey, lets overuse it, it'll be totally brutal man!"
:rolleyes:

XxDEATHBLOOMSxX
August 10th 2005



57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i kinda like it....is that allowed

Ace_of_Bass2112
August 17th 2005



257 Comments


this is the first (and proably only ) metalcore album ive bought

liked it the first week...

vincenzo
April 22nd 2007



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the guitars may not be the best thing ever, but LoG is still one of my favorite bands. Awesome drumming

LifeInABox
April 22nd 2007



3708 Comments


this is the first (and proably only ) metalcore album ive bought

liked it the first week...
Lamb of God isn't metalcore...

the guitars may not be the best thing ever, but LoG is still one of my favorite bands. Awesome drumming
The guiatrs are rediculous. There isn't one part of that band that isn't rediculous.

carney3110
April 22nd 2007



310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What do you mean by ridiculous? I love this album, not as good as Sacrament though.

LifeInABox
April 22nd 2007



3708 Comments


agree, and not that many songs of thiers are repetitive

Pluh
April 22nd 2007



579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell, i could listen to their entire discography and not get bored in the slightest bit... that'd actually be one good time... kinda contemplating it now... hmmm.This Message Edited On 04.22.07

LifeInABox
April 22nd 2007



3708 Comments


i did that in Mid March. 8 Days Straight.

Pluh
April 22nd 2007



579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn! well I'm starting it right now... and with this cd too. Laid to Rest, here i come!



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