I’m thinking to myself; “Has there ever been a Lamb of God album I have fallen in love with?” The answer is no and it will not change on this day. I expected their new album “Resolution” to be a change in that for me. I thought that maybe my musical tastes would grow and that I would come to embrace the sound that they have developed. The truth is that their sound has NOT developed over the years. This is the same Lamb of God we have been listening to since “Sacrament”. Sure you have the Lamb of God fans that love their sound and that are going to love this album but if you haven’t liked them before it is not going to change your mind.
The album itself isn’t that bad it just lacks originality for the band. I think all the members of the band are talented and musicians and are capable of making good music, they just have been making the same good music for seven or eight years and it’s gotten stale. I read in the Decibel review where they said “Even Slayer changed it up with ‘Dead Skin Mask.’” Something Lamb of God does not do. THEY NEVER change it up. It’s the same sped up chugga-chugga riff everything with an acoustic intro or Randy Blythe spoken word intro. It doesn’t do much for me.
The classic Lamb of God sound is here and full force though. The in-your-face pounding riffs and Randy Blythe screaming and growling his fucking heart out. Songs like “Ghost Walking” and “Guilty” will make the legions of fans happy. When you get down to “Insurrection” you will hear something you have never heard in a Lamb of God song; CLEAN vocals from Randy Blythe! It’s an interesting touch and something that actually did change up the album, if only for a few seconds. The jazz influence can be heard by the bass lines in “The Number Six” and the punk influence can be heard on “Cheated.” All that though, three songs don’t do enough to change the overall sound of an album.
I’m not going to tell you I didn’t enjoy the album. Through multiple listens I sat back and enjoyed every second of it. It’s just that the band does nothing original anymore. If you heard “Sacrament” or “Wrath” then you, for the most part, have heard this album and will probably like it.