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Album Review

Virginia metalcore kings Lamb of God get personal on the blistering Sacrament, an 11-track onslaught of machine gun riffs and larynx-shredding vocals filtered through an immaculately mapped-out rhythm section that owes as much to progressive rock as it does traditional heavy metal. Producer Machine, who helped craft 2004's Ashes of the Wake into one of the best metal records of the year, has returned, tightening his wrench and experimenting on Randy Blythe's voice like a fever-mad scientist. Longtime fans will no doubt debate the virtues of Sacrament's commercial bullet, the scathing White Zombie-meets-Megadeth single "Redneck," but the rest of the album is as brutal as anything they've ever done. Melodic opener "Walk with Me in Hell" culls inspiration from Piece of Mind-era Iron Maiden, "Pathetic" wraps itself around a sinewy lead that sounds like a snake swallowing dinner, and "Blacken the Cursed Sun," easily one of the best metal songs of 2006, shows further evidence of the band's potential to become the American version of Opeth. If Sacrament suffers from anything, it's a pounding sense of sameness. They rarely stray from the "Drop D" tuning, resulting in a second half that tends to blur, shake, and sputter out a bit, but there's no denying Lamb of God's almost unnerving power to conjure wind from the tiniest of stereo speakers.

Customer Reviews


Lamb of God has proven that you can be perfectionists, and still keep a level of the unexpected in metal. This album is sharp and unrelenting. This is a must for a metalhead workout, or the roadrage 500 commute. I am an ER nurse, and this is the soundtrack to my nights; night after night after night ect. If you like melodic singing, skip this, if Metallica's "black album" is your idea of the best metal album ever made, skip this, if you want to be reduced to a pile of steaming electrolytes, this is your pick.


The end has got to be near people because it can't get any better than is.This is true metalheads. I can't get enough of this music.LAMB OF GOD has to be the best metal bad there is.If you say you are a metalhead and don't have this record I will smash you like the pathetic lier you are.


Someone wrote (with a one star review) that this album sounds like Satan spat up a band from the bowels of Hell. I couldn't have said it better myself, f'ing awesome! It's a big digression from previous albums, with a lot of heavy grooves, but it's still brutal as hell and definitely more than stands on its own merits. Where previous recordings were far more political than religious, the heart and soul (ha) of this album is the religious stuff, especially "Walk With Me In Hell", "Descending", and "Blacken the Cursed Sun"... and I can see that making some people uncomfortable. But really, they just played the Unholy Alliance tour with Slayer, their original name was Burn The Priest... what did you expect?


Formed: 1998 in Richmond, VA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally known by the less-than-subtle moniker Burn the Priest, Richmond, Virginia-based Lamb of God decided to change their name shortly after the release of a self-titled debut in 1998. Featuring vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Will Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler, the newly rechristened Lamb of God were launched in the year 2000 with their acclaimed New American Gospel album. The group then embarked on a lengthy touring spree, spending much of the next...
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