LAMB OF GOD may have met with some mixed reception on their experimental album “Wrath”, but the stalwarts from Virginia are out to make a more fan friendly statement on “Resolution”. Their fifth record is a combination of the Thrashy and technical intricacies of the previous effort and the cohesive structures found on “Ashes Of The Wake”. An album whose results are of a more linear nature while the memory of the band’s musical growth remains intact.
After a rather Doomy and dinosaur heavy introduction to the album, LAMB OF GOD goes straight for the throat with all teeth and claws extended. “Desolation” kicks off the general sound that is the focus on “Resolution”. Wicked fast and Groove-splashed Thrash riffs weave in and out of melodic slings, a bass more than willing to pop out for a stroll in the PANTERA inspired rhythm lime light, and one of the most vicious drum attacks you’re apt to hear in 2012 grace the Thrashy LAMB OF GOD sound on this album. Although the album does tend to blend together (a slight side effect to the more cohesive nature of its writing), it’s a solid sound that keeps up the massive energy with slamming riffs and a more intense and elongated roaring vocal performance.
Don’t expect these Southern-toned Metal mixers to not experiment on the album just a little bit. There’s a bit of Doom in the introduction, a slight Jazzy interlude on “The Number Six”, and singing – oh yes, singing – within the confines of the epic and melodic “Insurrection”. When the band does sway from their cut stylistic modern Thrash sound on the album is when the band is most memorable. Songs like “Insurrection” certainly play up the more atmospheric tone that cooks with the talents of this band. They don’t experiment often on “Resolution”, but when they do it works wonderfully.
Even though I happen to love the more experimental sides of LAMB OF GOD, it is nice to know that the band can pull back and focus down on what made them the fantastic listen that they started with on “As The Palaces Burn”. It does help that the band throws down some serious Thrash tactics on the album including a raw production to make the energy more cohesive while retaining their Southern detailing (the acoustic intro to “Ghost Walking”). It’s not their best, but it’s up there as another great album to add to one’s collection.
Songs to check out: “Ghost Walking”, “Cheated”, “Insurrection”.
(Online January 25, 2012)