Lamb of God "Resolution" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:12:50
Somehow, Lamb of God manage to become even more deadly with every subsequent album.
Their latest salvo, Resolution, practically mushroom clouds on impact. Lamb of God temper extremes better than ever on their latest offering, and that's why it's not only their heaviest but also their most hypnotic.
Beginning with a bit of a curveball, "Straight for the Sun" oozes stoned-out sludge as Mark Morton and Willie Adler's riffs wrap tightly around Chris Adler's mechanized percussive mastery and John Campbell's bruising bass. It's a slow, brooding ride that quickly snaps into the polyrhythmic thrash of "Desolation". The song preserves the hallmarks of Lamb of God's best tunes. The guitars chaotically cycle in and out of time signatures as singer Randy Blythe violently and viscerally screams.
"All that for nothing what a fucking waste of time," he bellows. "I only took what was rightfully mine".
What is rightfully his? Well, the crown at the top of heavy metal. After some surprising acoustic shredding "Ghost Walking" stomps similar territory to "Redneck" and "Laid to Rest" with even more blissfully badass growling from Blythe. "The Undertow" boasts a blistering hook before "The Number Six" which might be Lamb of God's catchiest and most corrosive tune ever. Blythe barks with an undeniable grit that stays stuck in your head like all the best metal frontmen—from Tom Araya to Philip Anselmo. Yet, he's got his own thing. "Cheated" rolls from metallic marvel into pure punk pummeling carried by the singer's vitriol. Then, there's "Insurrection" which showcases how malevolently melodic he can get when he wants to open up.
"Barbarosa" is a haunting instrumental that illuminates the guitar brilliance at the heart of this band. Adler and Morton belong in the pantheon alongside the genre's legends for the sheer technical ability and ability to transmute progressive leanings into compact songwriting.
Everything culminates on "King Me". It's a morose masterpiece backed by orchestra and operatic female vocals. Blythe speaks an apocalyptic poem, "In between a black hole and supernova is where you'll find me. Imploding and expanding simultaneously, no longer alive."
It sounds like something from The Stand. It's bone-breaking and earth-shattering. It's Lamb of God at their finest. Welcome to one of the best metal albums of the decade. This is your Resolution.
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