I purchased Sacrament because I was in need of some new (to me), hardcore workout music. The kind that gets you through the last three reps of a brutal deep squat. I already have Wrath, which I enjoy, so I figured I'd try this album out.
I don't like Sacrament as much as Wrath, which is the only reason this doesn't get 5/5 stars. However, this is still pretty beastly and makes me want to add more Lamb to my workouts. If this were the first album of theirs I ever heard, it would easily make me want more.
A technical note, this album is pretty unrelenting, which is what I love about Lamb of God. They rarely get into slower stuff. Everything is hardcore, but still interesting. They never sound "recycled" unlike an unfortunate majority of bands.
I could probably do without the redneck track, but I dig the cd as a whole. I get down to this release, but I'm still more into New American Gospel and As the Palaces Burn. There you have it short and sweet......They still jam ....Glad I have the disc
I have been a big metal fan for years, and I am a big fan of Lamb Of God; to me, they have taken the classic Slayer aggressive riffing formula and taken it to the next level. When I want heavy riffs, sometimes nothing scratches that itch quite like LOG. On "New American Gospel", they wrote dense, chaotic and intense metal that really hooked me....they refined that and added more progressive elements and structure on "As The Palaces Burn", and perfected their style, in my opinion,with "Ashes Of The Wake". I always look forward to a new LOG release, as each is slightly different from the last yet still firmly within the metal idiom, and heavy as hell.
"Sacrament" sees them experimenting and pushing themselves artistically; there are more atmospheric textural sections and a new reliance on full backing vocals from the band members, as well as a lot of experimentation with vocal style. Very cool, and certainly one of the best metal albums (yet again) in recent years. After listening to it quite a bit though, I have come to the conclusion that the production is a bit muddy, and nowhere near the almost perfect, crystal clear production on their last release, "Ashes Of The Wake"....I also think that occasionally their ideas don't really work as well as they have on previous releases...."Pathetic" is just OK, although the CD is worth buying just for the track "Requiem" alone, which is quite the rollercoaster ride of sick riffage. I can't wait to see what these guys do with their sound next. Keep it up...