Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: Lamb of God - Resolution

Metal legends Lamb of God are presently facing a potential roadblock in their thirteen year career (not counting having formed under the name Burn the Priest in 1994), Randy Blythe (vocalist) is currently facing charges of manslaughter in the Czech Republic and has been detained, leading to the cancellation of many tour dates. Earlier this year the group released their sixth full-length album Resolution and have been touring to promote the record ever since. More importantly, Resolution marks the first album Lamb of God have released under the label of Roadrunner Records. 

Genre: Groove Metal/Metalcore
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: January 24th, 2012
  1. Straight for the Sun
  2. Desolation
  3. Ghost Walking
  4. Guilty
  5. The Undertow
  6. The Number Six
  7. Barbarosa
  8. Invictus
  9. Cheated
  10. Insurrection
  11. Terminally Unique
  12. To the End
  13. Visitation
  14. King Me
Total Playtime: 56 minutes, 26 seconds

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Rating: 7.5/10




Metal legends Lamb of God are presently facing a potential roadblock in their thirteen year career (not counting having formed under the name Burn the Priest in 1994). Randy Blythe (vocalist) is currently facing charges of manslaughter in the Czech Republic and has been detained, leading to the cancellation of many tour dates. Earlier this year the group released their sixth full-length album Resolution and have been touring to promote the record ever since. More importantly, Resolution marks the first album Lamb of God have released under the label of Roadrunner Records.

Lamb of God have begun to expand their horizons in this latest semi-experimental effort. When faced head on with the content from Resolution, "Straight for the Sun" opens the album with a hefty air inhalation before Randy Blythe's signature scream coats an onslaught of slow sludge riffs accompanied by a devastatingly heavy bass line. This track ends with a skillful drum solo by Chris Adler, who never fails to impress with dexterous drum rolls. This flawlessly leads into the next track, "Desolation", which is full of upbeat, twangy groove riffs that start to heat things up.

Layering for the two guitars, drums, and bass is all done exceptionally well. John Campbell's bass line is heard clearly throughout the content, which is important for any groove styled band, and in some tracks there are cut away sections to reveal that deep underlying bass rhythm. Despite how well mixed the instrument elements are, at times the vocals completely override everything and even at some points consume everything else. This can be heard most prominently on the single from this album, "Ghost Walking", although the track itself opens up with an ear catching acoustic segment.


The body of Resolution is what any fan of Lamb of God would be expecting to hear: zesty fast-paced picked guitars that transparently overlay each other, combining the efforts of both guitarists present who have an undoubtable knack for playing off one another. Pounding drums that nearly offset ones own heartbeat as the patterns change distinctly and without warning. Crushing, crunchy bass grooves that tie it all together with a layer of angry, passionate vocals to top it all off.

In spite of the normal traits and features that accompanies any Lamb of God release, there is an experimental side to the content. "Straight for the Sun", "Ghost Walking", "Barbarosa", and "King Me" all have new elements to present to the listener. "Barbarosa" is the only instrumental track on Resolution and is comprised of an acoustic picked guitar in the front of the mix with some electric guitars coming and going out of either speaker, often creating a loud screeching muffled feedback. The components suddenly rush together at the end of the track, meshing and creating somewhat of a bang before "Invictus" explodes through the speakers.

"King Me" is the six and a half minute epic that ends this album, and shows off some new ingredients to the mix including violin synths and operatic woman vocals that trail ghost-like throughout the background, empowering Randy's spoken words throughout the song. There is also a uniquely achieved effect gained by using abrupt stops and rests throughout the fast part of this track.

Resolution is your typical Lamb of God release, though it shows potential and there is nothing particularly bad about it (besides the vocals being mixed way too loud) it is lacking in innovation and progression. Though there is an experimental effort that is clearly voiced, of the fourteen tracks given the experimental efforts are only scattered throughout a handful of songs. "Straight for the Sun", "King Me", "The Number Six", "Desolation" and "Insurrection" all prove to be the most stand-out songs listed. Fans and new listeners alike will find this latest endeavor worthwhile and enjoyable, but expect the majority of the content to have some of the same recycled patterns and riffs happening.

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