With Resolution, Lamb of God once again evolves their sound and improves their already volatile range. Being a fan from the start, I can say this album is the finest evolution of their sound. Mark Morton and Willie Adler bring on the crunching guitar riffs, Chris Adler is in top-form as always on drums, John Campbell gives it that awesome groove, and Randy Blythe has never sounded better. Combine that, and this is a top-notch metal band I look forward to seeing live yet again.
Their previous two efforts, Wrath and Sacrament, were great in their ways--Sacrament had them intense as ever but a bit more mainstream, and Wrath was simply an angry album--something about both of those albums felt missing. With Resolution, Lamb of God retains the anger and intensity, while at the same time taken aback to the old days of playing high-energy metal.
I found myself loving literally every tune. From the beginning Straight for the Sun and Desolation, to the epic closer King Me, if you're a LoG fan like me you'll be banging your head to the entire album and immediately telling your pals about the sweet new CD you've picked up.
Resolution will definitely be played often in the next year, I can tell.
Nothing bad to say about the record it sounds so damn good. Only problem is the damn inner sleeves it comes with. the Inner sleeve which contains lyrics on it its so hard to remove the record from it. Other Lamb Of God lyrics inner sleeves have a more cardboard texture to them on the inside. However the inner sleeves for this record have a more smooth paper which sticks much more to the record and could cause shallow scratches. At the time I didn't have any plastic sleeves to replace these sleeves so I ordered some and I'm never putting this record back into these sleeves again.
Trends in heavy metal are pulling bands in many different directions, not all of them good. "Resolution" is surprisingly good, and stands tall among 2012 heavy metal new releases. The opening track "Straight For The Sun" is a new take on the typical intro track. Instead of acoustic, it goes uncharacteristically slow and sludgy before Chris Adler's drum solo propels the band into the next track, "Desolation." This song starts off as pure adrenaline and finishes the same. It is one of the strongest tracks on the album. "Ghost Walking" is their first single from "Resolution," thanks to it's blistering chorus. "Guilty" shifts the album into more lyrically-driven songwriting, letting Randy speak about his unfiltered view of reality. His lyrics also stand in the forefront of "The Undertow." "The Number Six" is surprisingly catchy, and propelled by a monster chorus section which makes it one of the better songs. It should also be noted that on this track L.o.G. makes stunning use of dynamics during the breakdown before the last chorus. "Barbarosa" is where you find the first acoustic instrumental, and it acts as an effective interlude to the second half of the album. "Invictus" hands the album back to Randy, who has his say on this song and "Cheated." "Insurrection," "Terminally Unique," "To The End," and "Visitation" are all musically-driven tracks with some familiar lyrical themes. "To The End" stands out the most of these four tracks with it's blues-inspired metal guitar riffs and personal lyric images. The album ends with "King Me," a track that shows how bands who don't compromise can take you in a whole new direction without ruining an album. Filled with tempo and dynamic changes, as well as different sonic textures, it is a very powerful doom ballad. For all of "King Me"'s transistions, it never sounds excessive. It all fits into the song in distinct and inspired fashion. I give "Resolution" 4 stars only because L.o.G. has other 5-star albums that can't be touched. Definitely worth buying, and is one of 2012's best.
Seriously, if you like true American metal, you need to have this album. Brutal riffs, killer harmonies, sick vocals, and Chris Adler's drums are unmatched in music... PERIOD. Lamb is by far my favorite metal band, and this album is no slacker. They've moved into a bit more of a groove metal type of sound, with a lot more riff-heavy songs, and Randy's vocals are a bit more understandable (haha), but this is no soft album, oh no. Wrath was great, and this album is just as intense. Go ahead, add it to your cart, you know you want to...
For some context, I'm a Lamb of God fan whose favorite albums are American Gospel, Ashes and Palaces, in no particular order. Those three albums sound good and I find myself playing them over and over.
I can't say the same for Sacrament and Wrath, I've probably only played those records a couple of times through and have no real interest in hearing them again.
Resolution sounds and feels like they've hit a new groove, Randy sounds the best he's ever sounded, and they play with lots of energy here.
Fantastic album. Lamb of God is one of the bands that I KNOW will never disappoint and always exceed expectations. This album is fast, heavy, pure American metal. You can tell everyone in the band really gave their all on every track, and you will still find yourself headbanging without even knowing it after listening to the CD multiple times. Whether youre a long time LoG fan or youre just discovering them, you need to pick this up.
I love all 8 lamb of god albums so much but the last 3, wrath, resolution, and sturm und drang (storm and stress); these are produced by josh Wilbur and are metal of the highest quality! If you love slipknot or slayer I would not understand if you didn’t love this!
Wow, where to begin. These guys keep getting better and better. This is a masterpiece of an album! Just when I think they can't get more brutal, they continue to prove me wrong, Chris Adler of course proves he is one of the most unique and challenging metal drummers in the past decade, Willie and Mark show how to make a fretboard scream and the oh so powerful and controversial Randy Blythe shines again and like never before. My favorite 2 songs on the album are "The Undertow" and "King Me."