If you're a fan of metal band Lamb of God, here's some good news about them that doesn't involve the legal system: their third album, As the Palaces Burn, is getting the deluxe treatment for its 10th anniversary this November.
The Richmond, Virginia-based, thrash/groove metal-inspired quintet recorded two albums in 1999 and 2000 (the first under the name Burn the Priest) before engaging with audiences on the road for two years. At the end of their tour, they harnessed that burgeoning live energy into As the Palaces Burn, a major breakthrough with critics from Rolling Stone (who praised their "meticulously crafted metal assault") to Revolver (who named the album the best of 2003).
Since the release of As the Palaces Burn, Lamb of God have gone from strength to strength, from Grammy nominations to the success of their seventh, most recent album, Resolution, in 2012. The band attracted some unfortunate press in recent times, after a fan in Prague died of injuries sustained by climbing on (and falling off of) the stage at one of the band's shows in 2010. (Frontman Randy Blythe was in fact arrested on manslaughter charges; this summer, he was acquitted.) Now, though, with a plan to re-enter the studio next year and a multi-format reissue of one of their most beloved albums, Lamb of God look to be doing pretty well.
The 10th anniversary edition of As the Palaces Burn will feature an all-new remix of the original album by producer Josh Wilbur (who helmed the band's last two albums) and three previously unreleased demos from the album sessions. The CD version will include a bonus DVD documentary on the making of the album, while the LP edition (pressed on red smoke/swirl vinyl) will feature the remixed album with a digital download of said remix plus the bonus tracks. The band's official webstore also features several merchandise bundles, with extras including shot glasses and new printings of original band T-shirts.
As the Palaces Burn re-ignites in November. Amazon links are not yet live, but the full audio track list is after the jump.
As the Palaces Burn: 10th Anniversary Edition (originally released as Prosthetic Records 10008-2, 2003 - reissued Razor & Tie LOG000CD00, 2013)
- As the Palaces Burn
- 11th Hour
- For Your Malice
- Boot Scraper
- A Devil in God's Country
- In Defense of Our Good Name
- Blood Junkie
- Ruin (Demo)
- As the Palaces Burn (Demo)
- Blood Junkie (Demo)