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As The Palaces Burn
As The Palaces Burn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lamb Of God As The Palaces Burn, 15 Nov. 2007
This review is from: As The Palaces Burn (Audio CD)
Lamb of God 's New American Gospel debut featured a caustic yet lucid version of post-Pantera death metal, surprisingly effective songwriting, massive amounts of confidence for a brand new band, and, to be honest, a really annoying drum sound (rather like tightly skinned tin cans). Even though the latter point is certainly subject to opinion, at least the other two positive attributes can be partly explained by the group having already cut an earlier album while still going by the rather unsavory name of Burn the Priest. Which about catches everyone up to discuss the band's second effort as Lamb of God, 2003's equally impressive As the Palaces Burn. First off, gone is that out-of-whack percussive curiosity (thanks, boys!), but the band's knack for conjuring tasty riffs out of death metal's tired and weathered carcass remains intact, and it's pleasantly refreshing to discover something memorable and compelling about virtually every song. Among these, the excellent tandem of "Ruin" and the title track offer a powerful opening salvo, and additional highlights such as "11th Hour," "Boot Scraper," and the absolutely monstrous "Vigil" continually insert dark, distinctive melody lines within the heaviest of riffs. Further progress can be heard in vocalist Randy Blythe's performance, as he continues to shed his latent Anselmo-isms to strike a far more individual presence behind the mike. And still, for all of these positives, one can't help but feel in the end that there's still a wealth of untapped talent just beneath the surface here. If Lamb of God can maintain their momentum and actually figure it out, they may well find themselves at the top of America's heavy metal stack one day.


New American Gospel: Remastered, Expanded & Repackaged
New American Gospel: Remastered, Expanded & Repackaged
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail The Gospel, 11 July 2007
This is Lamb Of Gods debut album. It opens with a vicious number aptly called Black Label and Randy roars like a dragon. The remastered version contains a note on the inlay that explains why the sound of the album is less polished than their newer work. According to the inlay, it was in part due to time constraints as well as heavy drinking. The song "Letter to the Unborn" contains no lyrics to read in the book of the CD. The song indeed has lyrics but according to Blythe, the song is very personal concerning the death of his daughter with his ex-wife. They were written before she was born. Because of all of this, he didn't want the lyrics to be reprinted or read. The song "Terror and Hubris in the House of Frank Pollard" features guest vocals by Steve Austin of the band Today Is The Day. Steve also helped produce New American Gospel.
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Sacrament
Sacrament
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lamb Of God Sacrament, 11 July 2007
This review is from: Sacrament (Audio CD)
Virginia metalcore kings Lamb of God get personal on the blistering Sacrament, an 11-track onslaught of machine gun riffs and larynx-shredding vocals filtered through an immaculately mapped-out rhythm section that owes as much to progressive rock as it does traditional heavy metal. Producer Machine, who helped craft 2004's Ashes of the Wake into one of the best metal records of the year, has returned, tightening his wrench and experimenting on Randy Blythe's voice like a fever-mad scientist. Longtime fans will no doubt debate the virtues of Sacrament's commercial bullet, the scathing White Zombie-meets-Megadeth single "Redneck," but the rest of the album is as brutal as anything they've ever done. Melodic opener "Walk with Me in Hell" culls inspiration from Piece of Mind-era Iron Maiden, "Pathetic" wraps itself around a sinewy lead that sounds like a snake swallowing dinner, and "Blacken the Cursed Sun," easily one of the best metal songs of 2006, shows further evidence of the band's potential to become the American version of Opeth. If Sacrament suffers from anything, it's a pounding sense of sameness. They rarely stray from the "Drop D" tuning, resulting in a second half that tends to blur, shake, and sputter out a bit, but there's no denying Lamb of God's almost unnerving power to conjure wind from the tiniest of stereo speakers.


Ashes Of The Wake
Ashes Of The Wake
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lamb Of God Ashes of the Wake, 11 July 2007
This review is from: Ashes Of The Wake (Audio CD)
Come now, let us all genuflect before Lamb of God, for to them we owe our metal souls. In the fat rat-infested, decrepit tenement called Heavy Rock Manor, the Virginia-based shock unit is one of the few groups striving to keep the power on and the hallways clear of gluttonous rap-rock/post-grunge False Marias. Yes, yes, Ashes of the Wake arrives via Epic Records, but this only will inflame the ire of the ignorant. For the rest of us, Lamb's ascendance to the majors melts a little more of the crap rock golden calf. Where previous efforts were fully automatic hot LZs, they were also slightly muddled for the very same reason. They fired in all directions. With Ashes, producer Machine has sharpened the corner of every riff and tightened the turns on classicist metal gallops. Best of all, Randy Blythe's furious yawp is more focused. Rather than simply being another scary voice shouter, Blythe becomes Lamb of God's threshold of pain conduit. "Laid to Rest" begins with his measured statements -- "If there was a single day I could live...I'd trade all the others away" -- flanked by the at-odds guitars of Willie Adler and Mark Morton. But then Blythe unleashes his demonic throat, and the guitars leap over and across one another like basilisks on a prowl for ibex kids. "Hourglass" offers more, its interlocking rhythms and breakdowns harking to the dark lands of Scandinavia. But it doesn't go all the way there. This is American metal, after all, meaning that, in the tradition of Pantera and Poison the Well, large-form grandiosity is sacrificed in favor of a muscularity derived from hardcore and hard living. The aptly named "Omerta" begins with that code's reading. "Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward." It proceeds to stalk slowly into gear, the sound of a wounded man coming after his would-be murderers. "Blood of the Scribe" refits death metal's cadence for a leaner, meaner era; the less than subtle "Now You've Got Something to Die For" offers the kids a new unifying chant, not to mention some spectacularly martial instrumental breaks. Drummer Chris Adler really shines here, with Machine ensuring his snare is a steely bullet fired by viscous double bass gunpowder. Instrumental freaks will swallow the title track whole. Guest soloists Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Chris Poland (Megadeth) each get a taste, alongside Morton and Adler -- their insane fretting sounds like a city exploding. That's what Lamb of God does for us, what it does for metal in the 21st century. With the genre getting clogged by PVC goofs and Alice in Chains impersonators, Lamb of God balances the equation of power, rage, tradition, and craft. It kills the filler


Gore Obssessed
Gore Obssessed

5.0 out of 5 stars Time To Brutalize With Cannibal Corpse, 14 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Gore Obssessed (Audio CD)
Forget the trend of bands wanting to be heavy but cant back it up thats justs horseplay when it comes to Cannibal Corpse.

A 11 track fury of an album lets you look into the twisted minds of the band.

Cannibal Corpse have received a lot of attention and controversy over the years for their song titles alone. But aside from all the over-the-top gross outs of the band's lyrics, the music is really worth checking out. Their relentless combination of neck-snapping death metal beats, sinister detuned guitar riffs, and Cookie Monster vocals is harrowing and fun at the same time, and the execution is better than that of most similar bands. Most impressively, the album remains interesting from front to back, thanks to concise song lengths and a healthy variety of tempos, which alternate from rat-tat-tat machine gun-style onslaughts to chugging mid-tempo mosh sections (check out "Dormant Bodies Bursting" to hear it all in one song). And don't forget about those great song titles; fans won't be disappointed with numbers like "Hatchet to the Head," "Compelled to Lacerate," and the exquisite "Sanded Faceless." This is great stuff. Includes a Metallica cover hidden at the end.


Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Wicked This Way Comes, 27 Mar. 2006
what an album by Iced Earth! Theres Reign In Blood Master Of Puppets Number Of The Beast Blessed Are The Sick and now theres Something Wicked This Way Comes
each track is different from each other for example the ferocity of Burning Times to the mellowness of Watching Over Me
but it is the Something Wicked Trilogy which shakes you to the core. the 13th track The Coming Curse comes in like a jackhammer watch out for the monk chants during the bridge and end of the song it will give you goosebumps. Jon Schaffer's songwriting is at its most excellent. Matthew Barlow is at his screaming growling melodic best!
the line up are
Jon Schaffer - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Matthew Barlow - Lead Vocals
Randall Shawver - Lead Guitar
Dave Abell - Bass Guitar
Mark Prator - Drums
think of this band as an American version of Iron Maiden but way heavier
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Retaliation
Retaliation

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retaliation-The War To End All Wars, 4 July 2005
This review is from: Retaliation (Audio CD)
what an impressive album by Carnivore
who knew that in 1987 Carnivore were gonna return with a second album Peter Steele cameback with lyrics that were straight from the heart.The music is extremally fast and Pete's voice is so ominouis Louie Beateaux and Marc Piovanetti really give their instruments a damn good wacking. since the album was released in 1987 the year in wich I was born im honored 2 own a Carnivore album. if u go on the roadrunnerrecords.com website u can get pictures of Carnivore believe me ive used those pictures for a school project to pay homage 2 Carnivore


Carnivore
Carnivore
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carnivore Im a meat eater!, 14 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Carnivore (Audio CD)
this album is brutal peter steele has a awesum voice
carnivore are the 80s hardcore punk band but they are the prophets of fun
if u lisen to the title track u wanna grab sum girl and have fun with her.the track legion of doom is an awesum anthem if u have sum heavymetal frends and intend to scare people in your neighborhood. the track god is dead is brutal to scare sum religoius zealots.
if you like slayer then carnivore is the band for u (this review is for people who dont about carnivore as much as i do)


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