Every Lamb Of God album ranked from worst to best

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Lamb Of God have seen the rise and fall of many a scene in their 25-plus career. But whether tangentially attached to metalcore, New Wave of American Heavy Metal, groove metal or thrash, the band have differentiated themselves from the rest by playing the game entirely on their own terms. That in mind, we sift through each of their studio releases (yes, including the ones they made under their original name Burn The Priest) to separate the good from the great and see just why Randy Blythe and co are regarded as one of metal’s most reliably brilliant bands.

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10. Burn The Priest (1999)

Lamb Of God before they became Lamb Of God, Burn The Priest’s self-titled debut differed from their later incarnation in more than just name. Still wet behind the ears and lacking the finesse they would acquire further down the line, their debut album is a whirlwind of furious energy more akin to Today Is The Day (whose frontman Steve Austin produced and guested on the record) than the arena-conquering behemoths LoG would later align with.

9. New American Gospel (2000)

Changing their name didn’t transform LoG overnight, but New American Gospel definitely pointed them in the right direction. Opener Black Label was a step-up in quality and power that provided the band with their first bona fide anthem, but its parent album still feels overly raw and unrefined.

8. Wrath (2009)

By the end of their first decade LoG were riding high on a string of exceptional releases. Wrath doesn’t see the quality drop as such, but also doesn’t match the peaks predecessor Sacrament scaled, though Set To Fail, Contractor and Broken Hands give it a good run.

7. As The Palaces Burn (2003)

With Devin Townsend at the mixing desk the serious sonic heft that would become LoG’s signature really took shape.  Ruin sees the band put their best foot forward on the first track, but this time out the following material has enough force to land some solid blows of their own, promising sore necks and bruised limbs aplenty.

6. Legion: XX (2018)

Returning to the Burn The Priest moniker after almost 20 years, LoG dug into their hardcore roots for this covers record. From Bad Brains and Ministry, the band subsume the source material to create some deliciously groove-inflected excellence in keeping with the tightly-refined machine the band had become.

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