Lamb of God are definitely one of my more favoured bands when it comes to metal. Many metal heads regardless of their taste, are drawn to certain elements in Lamb of God's music. They are the perfect blend of thrash, groove and speed metal, combined with devastating breakdowns and songs which are energising and fun to listen to.
Ashes of the Wake is one of those albums which I always put on when I find myself clueless as to what I should listen to. Every time the opening guitar slide of Laid to Rest comes on, I am taken back to the first time I heard this album, and in a child-like frenzy I find my love for this record evermore endearing.
The song writing is perfect, with every track containing some of the band's best riffing, prolific lyrics and groove based rhythms. The production, as with every Lamb of God record is slick and polished, with a thrash based guitar sound which makes for an all round heavy record. Chris Adler's drumming has deservingly received unanimous praise amongst the metal head community, and this album is no different. The drum sound is phenomenal, with Adler bringing new tricks to the table as he does with each release.
This album is iconic and somewhat of a modern metal treasure. It contains many mosh pit staples which have been well received and become loved amongst the community. This album is relentless in its aggression and for me personally is the band's best lyrically. It draws heavily on the idea of war and the following consequences, as well as a vast amount of social and diverse political commentary.
In my eyes this album is a classic and definite favourite amongst my catalogue. It is the perfect album for metal-heads who are looking for a sound that isn't overly brutal with harsher vocals and a more extreme sound. This record is a must listen and its legacy will be realised as time unfolds.