Lamb of God — New Wave Of American Heavy Metal Albums
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:50:18
These are the albums that defined the aughts.
The '00s were quite a fertile period for heavy music. So much so that the press and fans anointed the era "The New Wave of American Heavy Metal" or "The New Wave of American Metal." Same difference. MTV resurrected Headbanger's Ball, with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed installed as the host. Late night TV shows, like Jimmy Kimmel Live!, were booking the bands of the era to perform with increasing frequency throughout the decade. Yes, those firebreathing noise merchants in The Dillinger Escape Plan played Conan and things were never, ever the same.
If you require more proof that the public and media hungered for metal equally, well, think about how Ozzfest ballooned, inviting heavier bands to play both the main and the side stages. The annual heavy metal summer camp was eventually immobilized and replaced by The Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which also grew exponentially and played sheds.
Most impressive were the sales numbers of these bands. Albums repeatedly went platinum and gold, with the likes of Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God and Atreyu notching RIAA certifications and awards for achieving monster sales. More notable was the fact that you could turn on the radio and hear these same bands on the dial and not always after midnight on specialty shows.
Do we even need to mention the Grammy nominations? It made us realize that people with their ears to the underground and in possession of a keen knowledge of the aggressive music scene were influencing the balloting, since extreme bands were notching noms. It wasn't as though this was further atonement for the Jethro Tull gaffe that still haunts the metal category today; it was an institution recognizing and supporting a movement!
Hands down—the '00s were a legit and rich era for heavy metal. These are the albums that defined the period.
8. Lamb of God - As The Palaces Burn
The band's third studio album (and second as Lamb of God, having previously been known as Burn the Priest) is easily one of their best. It landed in 2003 and, well, it's heavier than granite, holding up over time and never sounding trendy, dated or of a certain time period. That's what makes it such a classic and an album that fans continue to return to even as the band continues to churn out quality records.
If ever there were a band that was ready to answer the challenge of having to be this era's and this generation's answer to Pantera, it was Lamb of God. As the Palaces Burn, produced by Strapping Young Lad mad scientist Devin Townsend, is a fully executed exercise in groove metal.
Some of their most anthemic and most beloved songs in their catalog live on this record, from "Ruin" to the title cut to "11th Hour" to "Boot Scraper."
It's all guitars, all volume and all rage from the great state of Virginia.
Lamb of God's grooves have always been signature and they are never as apparent as they are in every note of As the Palaces Burn.
You could mosh, stomp and nod your head to every song, which took up real estate in your skull for days at a time. None of that power has diminished in the ensuing decade-plus. That's saying something about an album's power.
Watch "As The Palaces Burn" from Lamb of God:
'As The Palaces Burn' from Lamb of God is available on Prosthetic/Razor and Tie.