Originally Posted by mattlion
LoG weren't cookie cutter, but they were still terrible live. The leap they made as players from 02-04 is astounding (I saw them again in '04 and '05 and it felt like a totally different band). Either that or their budgets helped the live production.
I think it's the leap they made as players and song-writing. Compare New American Gospel to As The Palaces Burn. The songs, riffs, vocals and overall delivery is just better. That said, nowadays they are pretty boring and predictable compared to As The Palaces Burn, Ashes of the Wake and Sacrament.