Lamb Of God- Wrath

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Friday, March 27, 2009

While quite a few of Lamb Of God’s established fan base felt that 2006’s Sacrament was one of their weaker efforts, there is no denying that the album helped further propel the group into the mainstream as it was one of their best selling releases to date. But despite this success, Lamb Of God has not been taking the easy road and has continued to tour constantly as well as work on their next release. The resulting album, Wrath, is now available and what listeners who were disappointed with Sacrament are likely to find is that the band is back up to the level that they expect.

Now, don’t mistake the aforementioned sentences to mean that I’m simply going to bash on Sacrament and say how Wrath completely destroys it. For the record I actually enjoyed Sacrament quite a bit and it still gets regular spins in my stereo. However, Wrath does feel like a step forward for Lamb Of God as a whole as not only are the hooks/grooves even better and more memorable than before, but there are also some different ideas in play this time around. While many of the songs still offer the traditional groove metal that the band has become known for, there are some slower interludes this time around that lead into the heavier passages. Rather than jumping from heavy song to heavy song, Lamb Of God has attempted to inject a little variety in this time around and because of this the album as a whole is a lot more interesting. Admittedly this isn’t a huge jump for the group, but it feels like a proper combination of old and new which fans are sure to appreciate.

As many of you already know Randy Blythe has one of the most recognizable growling/screaming voice in the genre, so chances are you already have an idea of what the vocals on this disc are going to sound like. And for the most part this is true as many of the songs feature Blythe unleashing his powerful screams/growls upon listeners with an immense amount of energy. However, there are some moments where there are some other styles thrown in which often range from whispers to almost nu-metal sounding screaming/singing. They don’t appear that frequently, but do break up the otherwise simplistic structure of the vocals and give Wrath a little more variety than one might expect.

Lamb Of God is still playing their usual style on Wrath, but they have made a lot of little changes to their overall sound and structure in order to make their music catchier and a little more varied than before. This should please both fans of their last album and fans of their work before that, and showcases that these guys still have some good ideas and haven’t completely run out of steam yet. It still is unclear how long Lamb Of God can keep pumping out noteworthy releases, but for now listeners should pick up Wrath and realize that at this rate they could still continue to do so for quite some time.

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