Monday, 6 February 2012

Lamb of God - Resolution - Album Review

Lamb of God another metal band who has decided to churn out some more metal hits for the masses.  Well maybe not the masses but for those who have a penchant for American groove metal leaning towards the heavier side of the heavy metal scale.

The first single to be released from the album and the first song Lamb of God have released in almost two years Ghost Walking has been a received well by fans. For me the opening riff is a bit too similar to their hit redneck and therefore I feel it should not have been the first single released from the album.  I think this will put people off who are not massive Lamb of God fans though as they might dismiss the album and jump to the assumption that the band are a one trick pony without having listened to the album.

One of the best tracks off the album is The Number Six with its melodic yet screaming lyrics.  It’s one of the few songs that you can actually sing along to easily – for this reason it is my personal favourite off the album.  I like metal you can sing along to.

Insurrection again like The Number Six is one of the less heavy songs off the album.  When you can make out the lyrics you find that the lyrics are deep – When the walls fall around you is when you begin to find.  That the depths you have found have become now too hard to climb. You reconcile your pain in the loneliest refrain”.  In researching the band I came across an article by Loudwire which referred to Randy Blythe (the singer in the band) as an author but on further research I haven’t been able to find anything regarding his writing – inside joke maybe?

Cheated is full of growls and squeals in the typical Blythe style and is combined with fast pace drums and guitar that mimics the rhythm of the vocals.  It is musically and vocally aggressive.

Barbaraosa is an instrumental song build purely on two guitars.  It is a nice piece of music but there is something soothing yet gothically haunting about the song. The acoustic guitar plays steady soothing notes whilst the electric guitar uses distortion to bring a screeching unsettling feeling to the song.  I think it would depend what mood you were in on how you interpreted the song. 

The last track on the album King Me begins with soft acoustic notes on the guitar and spoken lyrics but just under two minutes in the growling vocals and heavy bass, drums and distortion.  Well it isn’t called heavy metal for nothing. The change of tone at the start of the track sets it aside from the other tracks on the album.

Resolution was released under the label Epic in the United States and over here it was released by Roadrunner Records who serve host to some of the most prestigious rock artists such as Slipknot and Kiss.

Blythe recently thanked fans for buying the album via the social network Twitter – Resolution sold 52,000 copies in its first week, debuting at no.3 on the Billboard 200 chart.  The album sold less than the previous album Wrath but Blythe broke the numbers down and presented that the drop in sales isn’t actually as bad the figures make it look and in fact metal fans are incredibly loyal to bands in this economic downturn compared to fans of other genres.

I enjoyed the album a lot more than I had anticipated but when it comes to this genre of metal in general I find it hard to get into because the lyrics aren’t are profound as they are in other types of metal.  However knowing how passionate the band are when it comes to musical politics I do not have any doubt that the lyrics are powerful once  you take the time to look them up.

The album seems perfect for head banging  and if that is what you look for in a band – head banging teamed with a bit of moshing when the occasion rises then you’ll love this album but if you look for a bit more in your metal then look elsewhere.


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