Lamb of God - Resolution
Epic Records
Groove Metal
14 songs (56:21)
Release year: 2012
Lamb of God, Epic Records
Reviewed by Goat
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To be fair to Lamb Of God, they once were a rather fantastic band, right up to (in my opinion, at least) and including Sacrament, fashioning a compelling post-Pantera brand of groove metal with artful songwriting to keep your head nodding and foot tapping. Around the time of Wrath something went wrong with the songwriting, however, and as Resolution proves, the band still haven't recovered, to the extent that full-length number seven sounds a bit dull - not a good thing for a genre of music so reliant on energy. If you've heard any Lamb Of God album before it, you've heard a better album; although things kick off at a high with screaming intro Straight For The Sun and the following Desolation, a high-energy riff-fest that raises your hopes, by the time you've got through first single Ghost Walking you'll be left with something of an 'is that it?' feeling. Ghost Walking itself is more than solid, an intriuging bit of acoustic guitar at the start leading into a catchy stomper that has something of the Redneck about it but is more than enjoyable.

Elsewhere, however, things plod where they should overwhelm, yet there are positives, and it's impossible to deny that Resolution is at the very least a solid album. Randy sounds unusually vicious, even for him; perhaps buoyed by the lacking material his throaty rasp is throatier and more rasping than ever. I've long thought their frontman's fairly unique sound one of Lamb Of God's best features, and his performance here is typically stellar. He even tries clean singing on the nicely epic Insurrection, which works better than you'd expect. Yet aside from King Me's symphonic grandiosity, the likes of Guilty and Cheated are pretty standard LoG-by-numbers. Ultimately, Resolution is the sound of a band very nearly running on empty, sadly, that will need more than increased Pantera influence to stir up my interest again.

Killing Songs :
Desolation, Ghost Walking, The Number Six, Insurrection
Goat quoted 70 / 100
Milan quoted 74 / 100
Other albums by Lamb of God that we have reviewed:
Lamb of God - VII: Sturm und Drang reviewed by Goat and quoted 75 / 100
Lamb of God - Wrath reviewed by Khelek and quoted 75 / 100
Lamb of God - New American Gospel reviewed by Dylan and quoted 93 / 100
Lamb of God - Sacrament reviewed by Adam and quoted 83 / 100
Lamb of God - As The Palaces Burn reviewed by Aaron and quoted 86 / 100
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