Back in 2004, a Virginian metal band called Lamb of God released their monstrous major-label debut album Ashes of the Wake. It opened a lot of doors for the band to become the titans of the genre they are today, and features some of their most essential tracks like "Laid to Rest" and "Omerta." This year the group will be celebrating the album's 15th anniversary with a deluxe re-release. The new double LP will feature the original record, plus four non-LP tracks: the B-Side "Another Nail for Your Coffin" and three previously unreleased demos. The vinyl will come on a limited green-smoke colorway in an LOG store exclusive version and black for other retailers. It's due out May 3rd and is available for pre-order here.
"As I recall that moment in time, it was a pivotal point for our band," guitarist Mark Morton said, reflecting on Ashes of the Wake. "We were transitioning from the relative comfort of an underground scene that we felt confident and natural in, to a much higher profile with higher stakes and more critical eyes upon us. It was our first release on a major label and our first to be aggressively marketed through mainstream channels. I remember feeling a mixture of pressure and confidence, along with a pervasive uncertainty as to whether our brand of bottled insanity would translate to a larger audience. Ultimately, I think our biggest strength in that situation was that we never let pressure, expectation or the potential for failure effect our creative process. We stepped up our collective focus and concentration to rise to the occasion, but we stuck together and stayed true to our identity, artistically and otherwise. That tunnel vision approach to our creative process is part of our DNA as a band. I believe it's a large part of what keeps us honest and motivated to this day.
"For Ashes of The Wake to be remembered and celebrated 15 years later is a true honor. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that it is incredibly special to know that these songs have touched people's lives in a positive way and that they are still relevant so many years later. Thanks to all of our fans for an incredible ride so far ... and cheers to the years to come!"
Ashes of the Wake - 15th Anniversary Edition vinyl track listing:
1. Laid to Rest
3. Now You've Got Something to Die for
4. The Faded Line
6. Blood of the Scribe
7. One Gun
8. Break You
9. What I've Become
10. Ashes of the Wake
11. Remorse Is for the Dead
12. Another Nail for Your Coffin
13. Laid to Rest (pre-production demo)
14. Ashes of the Wake (pre-production demo)
15. Remorse for the Dead (pre-production demo)