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Wrath

Lamb of God

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Album Review

Lamb of God's follow-up to 2006's exceptionally brutal Sacrament returns the Virginia-based heavy metal outfit to the political soapbox that framed 2004's Ashes of the Wake. While Sacrament positioned itself firmly in the metalcore section of fan playlists, 2009's Wrath wraps itself in a relentless firestorm of Bay Area thrash. Despite a promising, heavily melodic instrumental intro ("The Passing") that fuses Black Album-era Metallica with the sonic artistry of Agalloch, Wrath ultimately descends into a black abyss of atonal riffing, machine-gun drumming, and forgettable lyrics peppered with clichéd metal outrage that stirs up a mighty storm, but no carnage. Wrath's production is as aggressive as ever (thanks to longtime LOG colleague Josh Wilbur), but so is nearly every major label alt/death/black/grindcore release in the 21st century — all it takes is a few good choruses to separate a band from the herd, something that Lamb of God have done in the past, but not so this time around. The band does occasionally step outside of its comfort zone ("Grace" lives up to its name with some truly inspired early and midsong guitar work, while "Reclamation" mines epic, Sabotage-era Black Sabbath), and there's no denying the sheer "angry basement workout/summer garage weightlifting" potential that Wrath's perfectly acceptable 45-minute running time offers, but without a single hook that sticks around long enough to reel in the fish, all you've got is bait.

Customer Reviews

THEY'RE BACK

I do not advise buying this album on CD, it is way too heavy for anyone to pick up....

Another great effort from another great band!

Well I've always been an hardcore Lamb of God fan and now I'm even more of a fan. The new type of vocal style used in Redneck is much more improved, and shines in tracks such as In Your Words and Set to Fail. The use of an acoustic guitar is also a new one for this group, and I must say I'm very impressed. The opener The Passing was probably one of the best intros I've heard in a while and transends smoothly into In Your Words. Dead Seeds (which fans have heard in YouTube videos over the December days) is another great track. By far the best guitar performance is in Grace, and Contractor wins the Headbanger's award. But Reclamation is on a whole new level. Starting with waves crashing on the shore and a slightly audible acoustic, this 7 minute song (longest in bands history) is the high point and end of this amazing album. My favorite tracks are In Your Words, Grace, Dead Seeds, and Reclamation. Buy the album. You know you want to.

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME

Lamb of God does not fail to impress me. Most bands at this stage in their career tend to go soft and sell out. With some fresh new riffs, and Randy even adding a little change to his vocal style, Lamb of God are back. My personal favorites are Set To Fail, Contractor, and Grace. Willie Adler and Mark Morton experiment a bit with more guitar solos and some acoustic guitars but compensate with some mind-blowing thrashy riffs, while Chris Adler backs them up with great fills and a creative approach to drumming. Overall, I think this is a great new step in the band's career, and I hope they continue to rock this hard

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Richmond, VA

Genre: Rock

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...
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