Ashes of the Wake

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Ashes of the Wake
Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake.jpg
Studio album by Lamb of God
Released August 31, 2004
Studio Sound of Music, Richmond, Virginia
Water Music Studios, Hoboken, New Jersey
Genre Groove metal
Length 47:40
Label Epic, Prosthetic
Producer Machine
Lamb of God
Lamb of God chronology
As the Palaces Burn
(2003)As the Palaces Burn2003
Ashes of the Wake
Singles from Ashes of the Wake
  1. "Laid to Rest"
    Released: August 2004
  2. "Now You've Got Something to Die For"
    Released: March 5, 2005[citation needed]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1] 7/10[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
PopMatters favorable[4]

Ashes of the Wake is the third studio album and first major label release 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.[5] 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 Sicilian Mafia's code of silence.[6] As of August 2010, Ashes of the Wake has sold 398,000 copies in the United States.[7] Ten years after its release, as of 2014, sales have topped 400,000 copies sold and is Lamb of God’s best-selling record.[8] The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in February 2016.[9]


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 3-CD 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 Digital 5.1 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.


The album was generally well received; gave it a 7 rating.[2] Johnny Loftus of AllMusic gave it a 4 out of 5 star rating.[1] He praised Blythe's vocals, saying they became, "Lamb of God's threshold of pain conduit."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Randy Blythe, Willie Adler, Chris Adler, Mark Morton and John Campbell.

No. Title Length
1. "Laid to Rest" 3:50
2. "Hourglass" 4:00
3. "Now You've Got Something to Die For" 3:39
4. "The Faded Line" 4:37
5. "Omerta" 4:45
6. "Blood of the Scribe" 4:23
7. "One Gun" 3:59
8. "Break You" 3:35
9. "What I've Become" 3:28
10. "Ashes of the Wake" 5:45
11. "Remorse is for the Dead" 5:41
Total length: 47:40
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Length
12. "Another Nail for Your Coffin" 4:37
Pure American Metal (First pressing bonus disc)
No. Title Length
1. "Bloodletting" (from Burn the Priest) 1:58
2. "The Subtle Arts of Murder and Persuasion" (from New American Gospel) 4:10
3. "11th Hour" (from As the Palaces Burn) 3:43
4. "Black Label (Live)" (from Terror and Hubris) 4:37
5. "Laid to Rest (Demo)" 3:47


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Chart (2004) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 126
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[11] 11
US Billboard 200[12] 27