I've come back to revise my review on the "Producers Edition" of Sacrament. At first I chastized the first reviewer over his complaint that LOG were milking their fans for money because there was no included software to mix the tracks on the bonus cd. While I will still say that is an invalid point because there is Audacity, which is open source recording/mixing software available free online, what IS true is that the marketing for this disc is VERY misleading. It makes me question LOG's integrity. Please guys..don't turn into KISS. For anyone interested HERE are the facts about the "TRACKS" that are provided for mixing. They are MP3s!!!! NOT raw .wav or .aiff files. At 192kbps none the less!!! They are NOT the ACTUAL tracks used in LOG's mixing process. The are stereo rendered mp3 tracks WITH EFFECTS! How can I 'reproduce' something that already has panning, eq, and effects??!?! You get a drum mix, left guitar, right guitar, lead, bass, and a vocal track that literally has about 6 vocal lines mixed stereo. I had no idea Randy used so many tracks to thicken up his vocals... I am VERY disappointed with this overall. The ONLY thing this material is good for is a 'techno' remix/mash up or for musicians wanting to isolate their instrument of choice for figuring out parts. It should be billed as the "Musicians Edition" rather than the Producers Edition.
i was pretty psyched for this record. i don't listen to metal much anymore because it's all getting a bit too one dimensional and this record really brought my observation to light. only good songs here are "Walk w/ me in Hell", "Again We Rise", "Redneck" and "Descending". on past LOG albums they threw us a little curveball on the final song of each record but here.. ugh. "Beating On Death's Door" is so horrible! just like the rest of the album it's very generic and by the numbers metal.
don't get me wrong. i love Lamb of God.. i've seen them three times, once on each album tour but i'm not going to see them for this one. i hate to say it but it's cliche metal. very disappointing.