Lamb of God’s fourth album picks up where the third left off, and just keeps going. The sound is as heavy as an egg cup full of neutron star matter, but maintains a pulsating groove throughout that allows space for the aural assault to breathe, rather than overwhelm. What shines most is the superb technicality of the band. They are tighter than a porpoise sphincter, without ever sounding robotic, which is a fantastic achievement. It also doesn’t hurt that the songwriting is really bloody good. If you like your music aggressive, skilled, and a little bit shouty, Ashes Of The Wake is definitely one to check out.

Album review requested by Pete, one of our loyal readers.