Wrath

Wrath

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by Lamb of God
     
 

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Lamb of God's follow-up to 2006's exceptionally brutal Sacrament returns the Virginia-based heavy metal outfit to the political soapbox that framed 2004's Ashes of the Wake. While Sacrament positioned itself firmly in the metalcore section of fan playlists, 2009's Wrath wraps

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Lamb of God's follow-up to 2006's exceptionally brutal Sacrament returns the Virginia-based heavy metal outfit to the political soapbox that framed 2004's Ashes of the Wake. While Sacrament positioned itself firmly in the metalcore section of fan playlists, 2009's Wrath wraps itself in a relentless firestorm of Bay Area thrash. Despite a promising, heavily melodic instrumental intro ("The Passing") that fuses Black Album-era Metallica with the sonic artistry of Agalloch, Wrath ultimately descends into a black abyss of atonal riffing, machine-gun drumming, and forgettable lyrics peppered with clichéd metal outrage that stirs up a mighty storm, but no carnage. Wrath's production is as aggressive as ever (thanks to longtime LOG colleague Josh Wilbur), but so is nearly every major label alt/death/black/grindcore release in the 21st century -- all it takes is a few good choruses to separate a band from the herd, something that Lamb of God have done in the past, but not so this time around. The band does occasionally step outside of its comfort zone ("Grace" lives up to its name with some truly inspired early and midsong guitar work, while "Reclamation" mines epic, Sabotage-era Black Sabbath), and there's no denying the sheer "angry basement workout/summer garage weightlifting" potential that Wrath's perfectly acceptable 45-minute running time offers, but without a single hook that sticks around long enough to reel in the fish, all you've got is bait.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0886973759226
catalogNumber:
737592
Rank:
12601

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Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Okay, so being a Christian, I am not overly excited about what these guys represent and a lot of their lyrics, but I can't understand half of what they're saying in their music anyway...though I suppose that's part of the point of metal music. In any case, everyone is going to believe what they're going to believe, and they have the freedom too, and it certainly doesn't affect what I believe. In any case, what really drew me to Lamb of God, let alone this album particularly, is their amazing, face melting awesomeness. Metal wise, there are a few other bands that shred just about as well as these guys that I really like, but there are many that don't...though there are a lot of awesome bands out there despite that. I had never been too thrilled about Lamb of God before when I had heard about them, but recently I started snooping into some of their music and checking it out, and quite honestly, I really enjoyed it...especially Wrath here. I was not the biggest fan of Contractor necessarily, sound wise, but most of the rest of it, I felt, rather kicked @$$! I haven't been able to get enough of it since. I like scattered other songs I have heard from them so far as well, though my filanderings in all their different music is not quite to a conclusion yet. I still have plenty of songs to check out yet, but I heard the majority of this album first hand and immediately went over and downloaded it. I think I even want to procure the actual CD at some point, so that I have it to play through my players as well. Christian or not, (NOT), these guys know how to rip it up. If you are unfamiliar with Lamb of God, but enjoy good metal, I would say check them out...and Wrath is a good place to start. This is definitely not an album for children or people easily offended by anti-Christian sentiment, but if you can see past that and enjoy awesome metal, then this CD is for you! I for one don't believe any differently than I did before listening to this, but I guess mostly it's just that I love great metal..and this, my friends, is a great metal album. Check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ok i got into lamb of god during 2000 i loved this band ever since their debut album came out they are one seriously awesome metal band i love all their songs and this is by far one of their best albums i love the drums the guitars and the bas and the vocals this band is just totally amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one very awesome album by one very awesome metal band
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this band has been keeping true to their fans since 1999 onwards thank god for this one very talented metal band this band effing rocks they make alot of awesome songs plus they have a wicked bass play two wicked guitar plays a awesome drummer and one very insane lead singer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago