Lamb of God
Resolution


4.0
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
January 18th, 2012 | 521 replies | 62,302 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sludgy, raw, and incredibly forceful – Lamb of God is back.

For those who found Lamb of God’s direction on 2009’s Wrath to be a bit underwhelming, the burning wreckage in the background of the cover might as well be a stack of those records. With the metal quintet’s latest offering, they eradicate any hints of the heavy-but-repetitive Wrath by replacing that sound with something just as intense but markedly more satisfying. Whereas its predecessor was a transparent effort to prove they are still “metal” down to their very core, Resolution actually puts some tangible backing into that claim whilst providing some much needed variation to a formula that was approaching worn-out status. There is also enough here to suggest that Lamb of God still has some unexplored depths which, after eighteen years of existence, is a very exciting prospect.

One thing that listeners will immediately notice is the album’s ability to deliver ideas in moderation – something that was lacking on quite a few previous releases. That isn’t to say that Resolution doesn’t come at you with full force (because it does), but the brands of mayhem that each song possesses are better integrated. Take for example the opening two tracks: ‘Straight for the Sun’ creates an atmosphere with sludgy, menacing electric guitars while ‘Desolation’ thrives off of a more direct approach featuring driving percussion and thrash riffs. They function almost perfectly together as a one-two punch, and much to Resolution’s advantage, the album more or less continues down that road. ‘Invictus’ is a standout with its constantly shifting tempo amidst relentless shredding and Blythe’s guttural vocals, while the ensuing ‘Cheated’ takes more of a machine-gun approach to percussion underneath a vocal-centric performance that is heavy on the growls. From start to finish, no two songs sound disjointed – and perhaps even more impressively, every track is still distinguishable on its own.

Besides varying their approach, Lamb of God also injects a few innovative ideas into their tried-and-proven sound. ‘King Me’, the longest song in the band’s catalog, is additionally one of their most progressive – featuring strings and female vocals that provide contrast against Blythe’s raucous growling and screaming. ‘Terminally Unique’ introduces a mathier approach, something that hasn’t been touched by the band in previous outings. Even when the band isn’t adding ideas to their sound per se, they still manage to expand upon their foundation. ‘The Undertow’, for instance, possesses what could easily be Morton’s best guitar solo to date while ‘Visitation’ pushes Blythe’s vocals to the limit with surprisingly well-executed high-pitched shrieks. As individual aspects, they may not seem like particularly impressive feats. However, Resolution’s experimentation is quite abundant (especially compared to Wrath), and that alone makes this particular output feel like an interesting and completely natural progression in Lamb of God’s sound.

Resolution is a force to be reckoned with in every way. It is more raw than most of their atmospheric productions, such as Sacrament, giving it a blistering sense of power that has rarely been matched before. And unlike Wrath, this is more than just a collection of random in-your-face metal numbers. The tracks here are differentiable and memorable enough to actually be considered songs, and along with some much needed creative direction, they manage to truly shine. As a result, Resolution stands tall as a heavy metal record that flawlessly combine technical proficiency with sheer songwriting talent.



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2012



15727 Comments


staff metal!?!?!?

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2012



15332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yes I did

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Trebor.
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January 18th 2012



49788 Comments


staff false metal

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MMX
January 18th 2012



4784 Comments


mehhh

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MO
January 18th 2012



18249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nice! After hearing the first 2 tracks I was excited but this has me wanting to get it tomorrow. Good shit. Oh and last line, "record".

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Hawks
January 18th 2012



34450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm pretty interested to hear this. Ghost Walking is a damn good song.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2012



6937 Comments


Sowing and metal?

We'll have to see ho this goes.

TheSpirit
January 18th 2012



17171 Comments


good review sowing, nice to see you branching out


i've recently just been getting into lamb of god so i can't wait to hear this

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NeutralThunder12
January 18th 2012



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the two songs I heard off this was boring. The band never takes a risk or does things differently, but their not truly bad. Ashes of the Wake is an excellent record theyll prolly never even come close to that again

theacademy
January 18th 2012



28240 Comments


i always enjoyed their live shows but i basically never listen to them

feel like i should give them a shot

Yuma310
January 18th 2012



1656 Comments


if their vocalist didnt sound like feces trying to sing. Id probably like this band more. Good review though.

DarthMann
January 18th 2012



13476 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

no point

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2012



30873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've heard a couple of the tracks (the mastered version) and they were okay, nothing extraordinary. Just sounded like they were going through the motions rather than setting standards

Weren't you thinking about reviewing this only yesterday?

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Ire
January 18th 2012



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol how is this sludgy or raw

would neg a thousand times if i could

BassDemon333
January 18th 2012



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I hated the initial shitty leak of this album but after hearing a final mix of it the fact that this is one of their best albums is apparent. Seriously, Straight For The Sun is so awesome.

AsoTamaki
January 18th 2012



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Wow, you sure liked this a lot more than I did. It's nice to see a staff review for metal though. Especially one that isn't black or post-something metal.

It's definitely the best thing they've done since Ashes. The variation in the guitar work is the most enjoyable aspect, I think. Solid album.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2012



17197 Comments


thought this was really good.

Durrzo
January 18th 2012



1078 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is soooo damn good. Good Review!

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taylormemer
January 18th 2012



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just sounded like they were going through the motions rather than setting standards [2]

Auschwitz
January 18th 2012



1285 Comments


i never really liked lamb of god all that much but im on the second song and so far i have to say im pretty impressed.



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