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Album Review

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 mic. 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. [This version of the album includes a bonus DVD.]

Customer Reviews


the only negative side is having to endure the 20 day wait till the album releases


I've been looking forward to this remaster pretty much since the original - I LOVE Palaces, and think it's LoG's best, hands down. But, I'm pretty underwhelmed by this remaster, and don't really hear much of a difference. Most of the reviews here were written before it was released today, so I'm thinking there was a lot of anticipation (just as I had). Maybe I need to play the original version, then this one right after, to hear the difference, but I'm not hearing it. I gave it 3 stars because it's still their best album, but I could have saved the money and stuck with the original.

Amazing after 10 years

The remix and remaster of "Purify" sound so awesome! Heavy as hell, but so crisp and clear. Palaces totally needed a refresh and if "Purify" is a hint of what the rest of this will sound like, then I am psyched.

Randy is barking, the guitars are blaring, and you can hear every cymbal crash. This song is killer! If Lamb of God do Palaces live that will just be so amazing. Having this new reissue and seeing them do it live would be the total package.


Formed: 1998 in Richmond, VA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally known by the less-than-subtle moniker Burn the Priest, Richmond, Virginia-based Lamb of God decided to change their name shortly after the release of a self-titled debut in 1998. Featuring vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Will Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler, the newly rechristened Lamb of God were launched in the year 2000 with their acclaimed New American Gospel album. The group then embarked on a lengthy touring spree, spending much of the next...
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