Lamb Of God
Being honest here, a lot of people didn't like WRATH a whole lot, although I didn't fully understand why. Sure they ventured a touch from the tried and true, but ultimately it sounded pretty close to what Lamb Of God has generally sounded like. If anything, it may have been too close to being a sequel to SACRAMENT, but certainly wasn't an album that caused this band to need of a "comeback". That said, Lamb Of God have delivered what some will call a comeback, and what others will call the great next step from the band.
From the start, RESOLUTION beats you over the head like a home invader with a ball bat and nothing at all to lose. The intro "Straight For The Sun" sets the tone for the absolutely vicious "Desolation". From the moment they start playing, it's clear that you are in for far more than a listening of some heavy metal. You are in for an all out attack. These songs are heavy, full of groove, and featuring some of the most brutal vocals that Randy Blythe has ever laid down.
Throughout their career, Lamb Of God have cut their own place in the heavy metal paradigm on the strength of a sound that they have defined as uniquely theirs. That has, and continues to be, based on the unique guitar tone they have. Mark Morton and Willie Adler have defined their sound over the years, and there's no letting up here. Their downtuned, Dimebag-esque riffs dominate songs like "The Number Six" and "Insurrection". To be clear here, I'm not saying the stereotypical "they are new age Pantera" that so many like to falsely tag this band as. There is no denying though that some of that groove does remind of the great Dimebag's playing in the past.
While the album certainly hammers hard, there are moments that don't feel especially fresh. The first single, "Ghost Walking", is a solid tune but will rightly be called this album's "Redneck". It's very, very similar to that track from SACRAMENT, which isn't bad since that's a solid tune. Still, it's hard to not judge it as a bit of a retread.
PITRIFF RATING - 85/100 - They are one of the few consistently great metal bands from the last decade, and RESOLUTION does nothing to change that. A much stronger album than their last couple, Lamb Of God have created another punishing release that will please their hardcores, and even some of those that aren't too cool to listen to some metal that's both extreme and popular. Count me in!