New Classic: Lamb of God - "Wrath"
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:18:34
It’s been five years since Lamb of God unleashes Wrath upon the world, and the album remains not only their finest hour to date but a defining moment for 21st century metal. This juggernaut debuted at #2 upon release, moving over 68,000 copies first week, quite the achievement for any band in any era. However, it’s the incisive, infectious, and incendiary architecture of this album, which solidifies its status as a new classic.
The record begins with the haunting acoustic finger-picking of “The Passing”, slowly morphing into the chaotically catchy riffing of “In Your Words”. Mark Morton and Willie Adler lock into a stunning six-string tandem, practically lighting their fretboards ablaze, while Chris Adler’s machine gun drumming bludgeons succinctly in tandem with John Campbell’s bass charge. Leading the attack, Randy Blythe sounds like an uncaged demon, screeching and growling each word with a feral dynamic unlike anyone in the genre. Most importantly though, it grooves like a motherfucker…
“Set To Fail” redefines modern thrash in terms of brutality with its wild blues bends and percussive pummeling.
Even in one of the genre’s most consistent catalogs, “Contractor” simply steamrolls. A torrent of deadly distortion and an almost punk-y stomp, it’s an irresistible basher of the highest order especially as Randy screams “Guaran-fucking-teed someone will bleed!” Now, that’s a workout anthem if we’ve ever heard one. “Grace” transfixes in its hypnotic heaviness, while “Choke Sermon” pulls the life out of the competition. Still, the album’s most powerful moment comes during its conclusion on “Reclamation”. Another acoustic guitar slowly drops the guillotine here as everything builds towards a bloody climax. This is the kind of epic conclusion that timeless metal thrives on. This is only the five-year mark for this monster of a record. We’re still going to be jamming this 10 years from now and beyond…
Moreover, the band’s peers agree. ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to members of Metallica, DevilDriver, and Slash about Wrath.
Kirk Hammett of Metallica
Kirk Hammett: It’s an incredible album. The guitar playing is amazing. They’re definitely one of my favorite of the newer bands for sure.
Slash: They’re a fucking fantastic band. I’ve been into what they do for a while. They’re totally consistent and killer live.
Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver & AllAxess.com
Jeff Kendrick: To me, Lamb of God’s Wrath is the quintessential album from the band’s amazing discography. It features my personal favorite song of theirs, “In Your Words”, which I feel is the finest track they have ever written. I cannot say enough good things about this album.
What’s your favorite song from Wrath?