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Review: Lamb Of God - "Lamb Of God"
It's been a good five years since Lamb Of God last made an appearance with the album "VII: Sturm und Drang". In 2018, the band also showed their original side under the former name Burn The Priest. Now they are back, full of promise, with a “self-titled album” to coincide with the start of the decade.
Lamb of God pick up where they left off
The five-piece band from Virginia had already been making their first singles as pre-tasters since February. Among other things, the intro song of the album "Memento Mori" was presented to us. Already there it becomes clear that the artists attach great importance to capturing the described scenes in their entire atmosphere by means of authentic background noise. So the song is relatively restrained, mysterious and dark at the beginning. The listener is sent on a sensory journey, which preferably begins under the surface of the water: Bubbling and with distorted, at the same time breathy voices that warn "Wake up!" shout, only the guitars are accompanied, while Randy Blythe, with a tired voice, reveals the secret of the scenario: "I think I'm drowning, this dream is killing me".
Almost 100 seconds later, the band truly wakes up from the described nightmare with a wake-up scream from the singer. If someone manages to tease out stimuli and feelings from the listeners with ease, then it is none other than Lamb of God, who has been in business for at least 26 years. The verses in particular prove to be as hard as ever, with the chorus gradually becoming more melodic thanks to the rhythmic guitar. The atmospheric intro is also used again in the middle section, which gives the track its recognition value and therefore represents a thoroughly successful album entry.
“Checkmate” was also released in advance and catches all heavy and thrash metal enthusiasts with the guitar riffs from the very first second. With an energetic Blythe, the song lets all synapses play headbanging ping-pong, as one is used to from men.
Despite the musical hardness, the band also wants to make a lyrical statement and once again draw attention to social grievances throughout the entire album: “Checkmate” is the theme "American nightmare" with side swipes to be interpreted against the current political decisions in one's own country: "Make America hate again and bleed the sheep to sleep."
“Gears” hits you like the previous track. The two guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adlers set the tone together with bassist John Campbell: Aggressive, captivating and furious like a swarm of wild wasps, they take action. True to the motto “If you rest, you rust”, they manage to effectively prove their technical skills after all these years.
The vocal performance stands out less because the variance of the scream does not take place at first. The fourth song on the album, called “Reality Bath”, also starts with a short but impressive guitar solo with an oriental effect, which could suggest a lonely walk through a dry desert.
With the use of Randy Blythe, the song knows how to skillfully stage the vocal range of the lead singer compared to "Gears". Once again the listeners are confronted with unpleasant topics of reality, which is why the title once again makes it clear what the band is actually about in their new album.
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“New Colossal Hate” doesn’t impress (exceptionally) with an atmospheric intro, but with a chorus that sticks. This is followed by a different type of bridge, which comes along faster and makes the piece much more dynamic. All Blythe fans should get their money's worth, because here we experience in an eminent way how the frontman screams his soul out. Simply because the vocal power of Blythe comes into its own and the versatility of the band is convincing, he is one of the more significant tracks.
How was that with the interesting song introductions? In any case, Lamb of God not too seldom use the stylistic means. “Resurrection Man” is also introduced, in keeping with the nightmare theme, with a music box melody that is known only too well from many a horror film. Like “New Colossal Hate”, “Resurrection Man” is also subject to multiple changes in tempo and rhythm, which is why the surprise elements make the metal droning really good.
But Lamb of God does not only have surprises of this kind in store for their fans: two features are also part of the game. In “Poison Dream” Hatebreed front singer Jamey Jasta makes the best of himself, who complements Blythe quite well with his typical shouts. It doesn't really surprise one or the other Lamb of God or Hatebreed supporter, since the befriended singers have already collaborated in the past.
The second feature in “Routes” could make some people feel as if they were transported back to the Thrash Metal of the 80s, because the band gets reinforcement from Chuck Billy, the vocalist of the veteran band “Testament”. The song turns out to be a matter of taste, possibly also for individual, more loyal listeners.
“Bloodshot Eye” is given a very special note - a clean one. Even though the vocals were already very clean in places on the last album, it has remained rather untypical for the band so far. Nonetheless, the artists demonstrate their versatility, which unfortunately still happens too seldom on the new record for my taste.
"Bloodshot Eye" first surrenders to hard rock, becomes harder in the chorus and in the meantime even softer again. A balancing act that the metal giants easily master. Drummer Art Cruz, who has only been part of the band since 2019, puts down a rather impressive drum intensity level in his first release in the band's history, which is not least recognizable in the final track: With “On The Hook” the band wants to finish it again really let it rip.
Photo: Travis Shinn / Official Press Image
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