There are times when an album comes along and it feels like time just stops, and all you are left with is the moment. That once in a lifetime moment when you first come into contact with something and you realise that you’re in the presence of something truly amazing.
The first time you hear “Resolution” by Lamb Of God, you will understand exactly what I mean. For anyone out there who has followed Lamb Of God and their career path then you will have seen what they are capable of, from the technical brilliance of their studio recordings right down to the shit kicking intensity of the band’s live show, this is a band that is pretty much flawless in every way.
So, it should come as no surprise to anyone with half a brain or a passing knowledge of the current metal scene that the bands newest magnum opus is a stone cold classic and one that looks to set to position them right at the top of the totem pole.
Kicking things off in brutal fashion with the doom laden sludge of ‘Straight For The Sun,’ which sees the band channelling the intensity of Black Sabbath through their own already brutal style. Its an intense and gut wrenching opener that is merely a warm up for what is to follow.
‘Desolation’ sets up a stampeding one-two punch to the throat alongside the first single ‘Ghostwalking’ which bare all the trademarks of the band’s best work and are reminiscent of tracks like ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Redneck.’
Elsewhere in the album you will find the delicate instrumental ‘Barbarosa’ alongside the brutal likes of ‘Undertow’ with vocalist Randy Blythe screaming: “I’m the one who’s left to take the fall” over and over, it’s clearly some form of catharsis for him. ‘Insurrection’ sees Randy taking to clean vocals over the intro for the first time and it works so well that I actually thought it was a guest vocalist the first time I heard it, the closing track ‘King Me’ is the real jewel in Resolution’s crown and is probably my favourite track on the album, with lush strings and haunting operatic vocals underpinning Randy‘s spoken word vocals until the whole thing caves in and just goes monstrously heavy and caps the album off in fine style.
“Resolution” shows the growth that Lamb Of God have undergone over the last 16 years, from the humble beginnings as Burn The Priest, to a well oiled, world conquering machine, a band that does not believe in second guessing themselves or their fans and strives to prove themselves time and time again by delivering the album of their career each time they put a new one on the shelves. Make no mistake about it Lamb Of God are the real deal, an honest to god band that lives and breathes their craft and is fully aware of their abilities, especially vocalist Randy Blythe who really shines through on this album and shows what a versatile performer he really is.
2012 may only be three weeks old, but for my money you are already looking at the metal album of the year in “Resolution.” Lamb Of God have taken it to a whole new level and it is going to take some serious competition to beat this album. You need this album in your life, there is no two ways about it. Believe the hype, this is the real deal!