Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2012
I am probably a bit older than most LOG fans, I'm 44 and I was around at the beginning of the whole thrash movement in the early 80's. That said, when the first wave of thrash metal went south in the early 90's, needless to say, it was not a great decade for metal heads like myself. What I always valued above all with any band that I am into, is, consistency, Metallica and Slayer delivered with their first 4 and ( Slayer ) 5 releases respectively, with others like Megadeth, Anthrax, Death Angel, Exodus, and Testament, all releasing some great albums, and honestly, some lackluster lp's as well. Fast forward from 1990 about 12 years, and, after suffering through a decade of alt rock and grunge, ( although I did like AIC and Soundgarden ) with only Pantera and a few of the Swedish Death/Thrash acts to wet my whistle, I was up late one night after work and caught the video for Black Label on MTV. I INSTANTLY loved the music, but to be honest, Randy's style was a bit to harsh for me. I bought the disc anyway, and just LOVED the music. Back then even with the internet, there wasnt as much info as you would find on a new band these days. I read in Guitar World that they were working on a new record and would be touring that spring. I was very excited, so, about 1 month before "as the palaces burns" hit the shelves, they played a crappy club in Louisville Ky, called "tek world" there were MAYBE 75 people there, mostly kids that would show uo for any show regardless of who it was, few if any really knew who LOG were, anyway, they were passing out free promo cd's that had "Ruin" and "Eleventh Hour" outside the venue, I grabbed one, went to the car and popped it in before showtime, and I was BLOWN AWAY by how much better the riffs and ESPECIALLY the vocals were. I knew then, that this band had a chance to make a mark in Metal, and they have. My thoughts upon the full release of Palaces was that it reminded me of the more progressive elements of Puppets, Justice, Rust in Peace, and some Testament, only in shorter more concise songs. I thought that would be their trajectory into longer pieces, but, with Ashes, they started streamlining some, and have continued down that path all the way up to Wrath.
Now, for Resolution, I think they have taken the best elements of their previous 6 albums and laid them out over these 14 tracks. If your a LOG fan, theres nothing here not to like. Its a great modern thrash metal record. I think LOG have really distanced themselves over their perceived peers such as Shadows Fall, Killswitch, etc. I do like both of those bands along with Mastodon, but for me, LOG are the only band from the "New wave of American Metal" that have really stuck true to what they do they do best. They are ALL exceptional musicians and, the lyric tandem of Blythe/ Morton write some of the greatest most insightful lyrics in all of Metal. And as far as releasing consistently great albums and songs, has ANY Metal band been any better or more prolific since 2000? I cant think of any. Hell, it takes Metallica 12 years to release TWO records and one of them ( St. Anger ) SUCKS!! I did think Death Magnetic was better than anything since Justice, but I digress. Back to the whole consistency thing, I dont mind when a band I love takes some chances here and there, but I would like them to stay in the BALLPARK of what I love about them in the first place! Seems all the bands I have ever been REALLY into, at some point, take a big left turn that makes me ask "why?" All the way back to Sabbath, the first 6 albums, masterpieces, then you get Technical Ecstasy. Metallica awesome first 4, then you get the Black Album, which didnt suck, but it wasnt what I wanted or really needed from them as a fan. With these guys, I can get excited when the release something new, because I KNOW i am going to get some great thrash metal from them. Are they progressing and blazing new trails? Nope, but honestly, with what we Metal fans have seen from some of the best bands in the past, do we really WANT them trying to blaze new trails? I for one dont. If your a LOG fan, you will love Resolution period