One band that flew the flag of true metal in the early 2000’s was Richmond, Virginia’s finest Lamb of God. Comprising of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler, Lamb of God puts down their own signature mark with influences of metal, hardcore, and rock. ‘Resolution’ (Epic) their seventh studio album is no different, melding their influences and style into 14 amazing tracks.Starting off with opening track ‘Straight for the Sun’ and ending with ‘King Me’, Resolution never lets up on the brutality factor and there is not one weak track on the album.
Lamb of God is one of those bands that has a signature sound that is not easy to duplicate, but this album at some points shies away from those aspects. One of these instances is the opening track ‘Straight For The Sun’, the opening to this song reminded me of Heaven and Hell era Black Sabbath mixed with Pantera. The next major variant aspect I found was on the track ‘Insurrection’. The intro to Insurrection was something that was similar to Lamb of God of the past but when Blythe began to sing, I was amazed. Blythe has a very natural tone to his voice, which I quite enjoy. The final track of the album is by far the best on the album. Entitled ‘King Me’, the final track brings together elements of jazz, metal, and spoken word that give it a very intriguing atmosphere. Honestly King Me could be found on Pantera’s 1996 album ‘The Great Southern Tredkill’ (Rhino/Elektra).
This album is a modern classic and with a projected first week sales figure of 55,000 copies this album could land at no1. Lets hope so!
Bellow the Music Video for the single ‘Ghost Walking’