Lamb of God is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in todays metal scene metal. Since the oft-mentioned Burn the Priest days of the late 1990s, the quintet have risen to the heights of the genre and collected one or two fans on the way up. The latest release, Resolution, see LoG sticking to what they know best; monstrously catchy riffs and choruses that scream out to be screamed out.
The album kicks off with the sludgy, undulating Straight for the Sun, a song which whilst not immediately fitting the Lamb of God mould, builds the tension before the album crashes into Desolation, a song so recognisably Lamb of God that it may as well be Redneck.
Resolution has a number of accoustic intros and in Barbarosa, a whole minute without any of Chris Adler's exceptional drumming or Randy Blythe's vocal tyranny. The mid-album break is anything but original but works fantastically well sandwiched between The Number Six and Invictus, both songs that command a meaningful headbang.
One of the highlights of the 2009 release Wrath was the punishingly heavy Contractor. Resolution has it's own two minutes of madness with Cheated, giving Adler a chance to pick the pace up behind the kit. Adler's drumming throughout the album is as good as it's ever been, only this time we get a few blastbeats too. The production values throughout are exceptional too, albeit a bit overdone in places, particularly with the strings and female vocals dotted around closing track King Me.
At fourteen songs in length, Resolution is a weighty listen and dare I say it, may be erring towards too long. Lamb of God have a sound, and it is a bloody marvellous sound, but there is a sense of repetition as the album progresses. It's also a very safe release for the band and will no doubt add a chunky amount to their two million-plus album sales to date. But truth be told, despite the fact that it is a brilliant example of 21st century metal, Resolution falls short of Wrath. Although not by much.