Lamb of God became one of my favourite bands quicker than any other, and once I heard "New American Gospel", it was confirmed once again. I only recently decided to go out and purchase this album, what I knew of the band revolved largely around their later efforts such as, "Sacrament, Ashes of the Wake and Wrath". Those 3 albums are phenomenal in their own way, the song writing, the riffs and everything else inbetween. However, "NAG", hit me in the face with a sledgehammer and this album has been on rotation on a daily basis for months now.
The first thing I noticed about this LP, was how different it sounded to every other Lamb of God album, and every other band before and after it. The production would come to be heavily criticised by critics and fans alike, however I disagree. The guitars are strong, the bass brings a wall of heaviness and Chris Adler's drums are raw and pack a massive punch. On top of that, the vocals delivered by Randy Blythe are second to none, and have so much energy and aggression behind them. The album does not let up for even 1 second, the riffs are so heavy at times I couldn't help but start smiling, and it became increasingly difficult to sit still to this album.
The classic, "Black Label", starts things off, and with good reason that this song is a staple, it's fucking brutal, heavy and shakes you to your core. For me personally, the album really had me with the songs, "A Warning, Letter to the Unborn, Subtle Arts of Murder & Persuasion, and O.D.H.G.A.B.F.E".
This album is so hard to categorise, as it crosses too many genres of metal to even count, and that's what makes it a classic amongst the band's catalogue. To me what I hear, is the band in its purest form, its rawest sound and at a possibly dark time in the band's life. This LP reminded me heavily of "The Great Southern Trendkill", with its ability to smash through the gate with the first song and manage to thrash your ears until the disc stopped.
Listening to this album then continuing further down Lamb of God's discography shows me how much this band has grown, what they've become, how consistent their material is and more importantly how each album brings a new side out that we didn't previously know about.