As the Palaces Burn

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As the Palaces Burn
Studio album by Lamb of God
Released May 6, 2003
Recorded 2002
Studio Montana, Inc., Richmond, Virginia
Genre Groove metal
Length 38:06
Label Prosthetic, Black Market Activities
Producer Devin Townsend, Lamb of God
Lamb of God chronology
New American Gospel
(2000)New American Gospel2000
As the Palaces Burn
Ashes of the Wake
(2004)Ashes of the Wake2004
Singles from As the Palaces Burn
  1. "Ruin"
    Released: March 2003[citation needed]
  2. "11th Hour"
    Released: October 2003[citation needed]
  3. "As the Palaces Burn"
    Released: March 1, 2004[citation needed]
  4. "Vigil"
    Released: October 22, 2013[citation needed]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1] 8/10[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[citation needed]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

As the Palaces Burn is the second studio album by American groove metal band Lamb of God, released under Prosthetic Records in 2003. As the Palaces Burn received considerably more airplay than their previous effort, with three singles. The album was produced by Lamb of God and Devin Townsend. The band released a 10th anniversary edition of the album on November 11, 2013, with remixed and remastered tracks, including bonus demo tracks.[5][6] The 10th-anniversary edition of the album only sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 64 on The Billboard 200 chart. As of 2013, "As The Palaces Burn" has sold 270,000 copies since its May 2003 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[7]


In 2017, Rolling Stone put As the Palaces Burn at #86 on their Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list with Dan Epstein praising Devin Townsend's production which helped sharpen the guitar riffs on songs like "Vigil", "Ruin" and "11th Hour".[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lamb of God.

No. Title Length
1. "Ruin" 3:55
2. "As the Palaces Burn" 2:24
3. "Purified" 3:11
4. "11th Hour" 3:44
5. "For Your Malice" 3:43
6. "Boot Scraper" 4:40
7. "A Devil in God's Country" 3:10
8. "In Defense of Our Good Name" 4:13
9. "Blood Junkie" 4:23
10. "Vigil" 4:42
Total length: 38:06
10th Anniversary bonus tracks[5]
No. Title Length
11. "Ruin" (demo) 3:44
12. "As the Palaces Burn" (demo) 2:26
13. "Blood Junkie" (demo) 4:16
Total length: 48:32


Lamb of God[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Devin Townsend – production, engineering
  • Shaun Thingvold – mixing
  • Josh Wilbur - mixing (10th Anniversary Edition)
  • Louie Teran – mastering
  • Brad Blackwood - mastering (10th Anniversary Edition)
  • Carla Lewis, Dan Kearley, Dennis Solomon, Grant Rutledge, Scott Cooke – assistant engineers
  • Petar Sardelich – engineer for Chris Poland
  • K3N – artwork
  • Adam Wentworth – picture disc artwork redesign

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
US 2003 Prosthetic CD 10008-2
US 2003 Prosthetic CD/DVD 793018 291902
European Union 2004 Epic CD EPC 513880 2
Australia & New Zealand 2004 Epic CD 5138 8 02000
US 2004 Black Market Activities LP BMA 006
US 2009 Prosthetic LP 6561910008-1
Worldwide November 11, 2013 Prosthetic/Razor & Tie CD LOG000CD00-DL


Chart (2013) Peak
US Billboard 200[9] 64
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[10] 25