Lamb of God: Resolution

I can already tell that this is gonna be my favorite metal record of the year. It’s sooooo good!! This is the band’s 6th studio album (7th if you count “Burn the Priest” from when they were Burn the Priest) and even though “Ashes of the Wake” will always be my favorite album by them, I think this is the best thing they’ve done. Every album they’ve done has been completely different from the previous, yet the defining groove elements and bone crushing riffs that make Lamb of God, Lamb of  FUCKING God!!!!

First off, this is the heaviest thing they’ve done to date, which certainly speaks volumes considering how heavy “New American Gospel” and “Wrath” were when they came out. This album runs very much in the same vein of “Wrath”, but adds old and new elements to take the band to incredible heights on this record. The band have also really expanded their sound and did a lot of experiments that really add to their overall sound (we’ll talk about it later). Production-wise it’s very raw like “Wrath” and really illustrates the bands live sound very well. Too me, I like “Sacrament”, but it was a bit too polished for my taste, and them doing “Wrath” the way they did really brought back the raw, in-your-face intensity of the band’s sound and it’s just as sonic now as it was before, which is great!

Vocally, Blythe is at the top of his game. He’s always had a very distinctive voice and thats what helps to make the band so recognizable, but he just sounds so good. Surprisingly, the song “Insurrection” features Randy doing some clean vocals that just fit the song so perfectly, that if anyone tries to slate Randy for doing clean vocals, then that person should be struck by lightening. Also, this os also his best performance lyrically, as some of these songs have such huge choruses, it’s just so orgasmic when it all comes together (If you can’t tell by now, I really love this record).

They add doomy elements with they’re opening song to bridge into “Desolation” really well and they’ve never done anything like that really before as far as i’m concerned, so I found that to be quite interesting. They also feature a string section in the last song on this album “King Me”. You might be thinking, big deal, tons of bands use orchestra tracks in their songs, and that’s true, but it’s not something that I’d imagine a band of Lamb of God’s stature to try and experiment with, but I think it fit in with everything else beautifully. I also got a kick out of the song “Cheated” because the chorus line ends with “Have you ever felt like you’ve been cheated?”, which is the last thing Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols said on stage at their last gig. Randy also kicks off that song with a 1,2, Fuck You so you can’t go wrong with something like that right?

I really just can’t speak highly enough about this record. It’s the best thing they’ve ever done and the band really pushed the boundaries with their sound and did some experiments that I believe really served the band well as a whole. The choruses are huge and the songs are undeniably Lamb of God. There isn’t a bad song on this record at all (even the instrumental track “Barbaraosa” is a great track). I think we’ll see this band really start to break into some big slots on some festival bills. I think they could headline Mayhem fest this year easily. They played two years ago with Korn and Rob Zombie, but only had a 40 minute set. Imagine how nuts the place would be with a 75 minute set by this band!! I really want to see this band hit the main-stages in some big bills.

Once again, love this record. If you love lamb of God, you definitely love it. If you don’t love Lamb of God 1) There’s something desperately wrong with you, but 2) you should still check it out because it may surprise you considering the curve balls they throw onto this record. Please check it out.

Luke Helker

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