Arson has great album covers, and Lacerate the Sky is no exception. Drawn much in the same style as comic book artist Frank Miller, the smeared writing and violent imagery speak volumes about the music inside. Much like this cover, the album is aggressive and messy, and it's hard to figure out what's going on. To be fair, the band actually does have some very clear-cut songs, but the overall song structure usually doesn't pay off, considering the cool riffs that they'll just throw away halfway through. Plus, without something holding them together, the screaming and hissing just seem needless instead of threatening and ugly. There are some great riffs here -- that fact cannot be emphasized enough. But without great songs to build around them, the listener is just left to get pulled back in by the guitar occasionally. This album is frustrating because there is obviously so much talent in the group, but this is not the place to hear the bandmembers capitalize on their own abilities.
AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano