Ashes of the Wake is the third studio album by American groove metal band Lamb of God, released in 2004 via Epic Records. The album debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200, selling 35,000 copies in its first-week and was rated by Guitar World as the 49th greatest Guitar Album of all Time. The album is aimed at the war in Iraq, with songs such as "Ashes of the Wake" (which includes snippets of former Marine Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey in an interview after his return from the Iraq War), "Now You've Got Something to Die For", "One Gun" and "The Faded Line". The quote at the beginning of "Omerta" is a paraphrase of the Mafia's code of silence. As of August 2010, Ashes of the Wake has sold 398,000 copies in the United States. Ten years after its release, as of 2014, sales have topped 400,000 copies sold and is Lamb of God’s best-selling record.
The first pressing came with a bonus disc titled "Pure American Metal",
The Japanese edition included a bonus song "Another Nail for Your Coffin" which was released worldwide in 2010 on disc 3 of the 3CD box set Hourglass: The Anthology along with other band rarities.
A DualDisc version was released in the U.S. The DVD side contained the album in LPCM 2.0, and Dolby Digital5.1 surround sound, as well as various video clips, including the promo videos for "Now You've Got Something To Die For" (intended to promote the Killadelphia release) and "Laid to Rest", a short on the New England Metalfest, a "Meet the Band" and a clip from the Terror and Hubris DVD. A production error in the 5.1 mix of "One Gun" causes the vocals to pitch shift high and low throughout the song.