Lamb of God
Resolution


2.5
average

Review

by azrael99 USER (4 Reviews)
January 24th, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An uneven, mediocre release with a couple of solid songs that still shows their strength as a band.

When people talk about Lamb of God nowadays - they are mostly revered by some as the leader of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement also known as Metalcore. They are talked about as a band that has meshed their sound with minor experimentation such as adding sludge/doom influences in their later albums or just adding small touches of clean vocals to complement the banshee like shrieks and growls of their vocalist that made them sound like Pantera in a way. Whether that is a good compliment or not always depends on who you ask. Their detractors though have been on a warpath lately in regards to the way the band's sound and songs have been monotonous. They haven't experimented enough, their album sounds like an AC/DC retread, their vocalist penchant for talking about politics was tiring and insipid that he should just stop preaching and get himself an eyeliner and a Brazilian body wax.

Bottomline is that the band has been producing critically and "commercially" successful albums for close to a decade now, sooner or later the growing amount of cynicism and detractors will finally increase since they've been on top of that mountain for too long and there's really no way to go but down.

Resolution will probably be that album the detractors will talk about as the album that will prove their point. While the production and musicianship is still strong and crushing - the songwriting leaves left much to be desired. Gone are the sharp riffs and memorable lines the band is known for. It does sound like the band's going thru the motions of producing songs that sounds like...Lamb of God. The lyrics are still excellent for the genre...but you have heard it all before. The tempo shifts at breakneck speed and then it goes into a breakdown that's suppose to make you change the way you headbang or scissor kick. It's a lose-lose situation for a band in this situation because they do know what they are that they are really limited at what they can do. Adding an orchestra and an opera singer might count as groundbreaking 15 years ago - now it sounds like grasping at straws to show "growth" as musicians. Black Metal bands or Faux Black Metal bands have the make up and ability to make it sound interesting but Lamb of God...they make it sound like they were adding Taco Bell meat to a Paella dish.

While there are still decent tunes such as "Desolation", "Undertow", "Terminally Unique" and "To the End". These decent to good tracks do sound calculated and doesn't have that organic feel that old Lamb of God songs have. "King Me" has some interesting sections but the orchestra and the opera singers sounds like the band are trying to be...wait for it...pretentious.

Resolution will probably grow into a decent to good listen when you have it on repeat for the 20th time, but as of now - the album is just so tiring and mediocre to listen to that having radioactive tacos is far more rewarding regardless if it gives you Diarrhea.


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Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2012


7311 Comments


Man, diarrhea with a capital D. That must really be something.

KILL
January 24th 2012


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

/w

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

NeutralThunder12
January 24th 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

most of the album is pretty plain and boring, not much different then their old stuff, but yeah there are a few nice tracks. Unfortunately not enough, and I don't really like the way Randy's voice is produced on this. Album is the epitome of 'okay'

NeutralThunder12
January 24th 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oh, and most of the riffs are so samey it gives you a headache. With all things considered, its just lame, not even quite good enough to be called okay.

Damon
January 24th 2012


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is ridiculous, how could you possibly give it this low of a rating

NeutralThunder12
January 24th 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

because its not good

Horsehammer
January 24th 2012


550 Comments


allright, i get it. i agree, but this is not a good review

Pentagon
January 24th 2012


1998 Comments


not really good review, also, you should probably recommend albums other than those of lamb of god.

NeutralThunder12
January 24th 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

why lol if you enjoy this youd all enjoy all lamb of god, since they've been rehashing the same album since they debuted

Pentagon
January 24th 2012


1998 Comments


Because if someone digs this then they'd probably check out their older work as well.

NeutralThunder12
January 24th 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good point

trippinonthizz
January 24th 2012


165 Comments


totally disagree. this album fucking rules and definitely does not deserve any less than a 3.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2012


16431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

reads really awkwardly and i disagree with the rating, but you do make a few good points about them trying too hard to display growth. maybe next time try elaborting on your points and cleaning up the sentence structures...you might be surprised how much better it reads.

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

BugZoid
January 24th 2012


331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In regards to your last paragraph about the spinning of the record for the 20th time: You're not supposed to write based on some whacked out first impression. You're supposed to sit on it and let it build over time to see how you really feel about it. That's like driving a car once and saying it's a piece of shit, while this guy over here has driven it for fifteen years and never had an issue. I realize opinions about the album will differ, I get that, but you can't knock at the get go.

FuzzyWookie
February 21st 2012


143 Comments


This is a minefield of grammatical errors...



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