Resolution (Vinyl) Import
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2012 release from the Metal favorites. Resolution is the follow up to their Grammy nominated album Wrath. Produced by Josh Wilbur, the album features 14 songs and comes in a deluxe softpak with artwork by longtime art director Ken Adams. Resolution is a 100 percent trend-free and intelligently constructed album that could power a small country with its unstoppable energy and potent riffery. Guitarist Mark Morton says that "unlike any other album before, this album was written over the course of a couple of years, at least with the guitars. Willie and I starting songwriting as soon as we started touring Wrath." As a result, Resolution boasts some of the most Punk Rock moments and some of the bluesiest moments of the band's recorded career, perhaps fostered along by the liveliness of the writing-on-the-road process. The album was recorded in various studios in Virginia and New York.
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I liked their album Wraith better, but this album was
awesome too. I will always buy their albums so keep em comin!!
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As for individual songs, none of the tracks is noticeably weaker than the rest, and each offers a variety of groove and speed. Randy Blythe's vocals are an acquired taste, one of those elements you're either going to love or hate, but as a fan of extreme metal, I think he has much less of a generic scream/roar than any of the modern bands mentioned above, with the exception of Dez from DevilDriver. The album's opening track, Straight for the Sun, is cool, starting things off with a slow, doomy riff, and the song itself is actually a slow crawl leading into the up-tempo second track, Desolation. The next couple songs, Ghost Walking and Guilty, are both impressive, with a good mix of strong riffs and different speeds. Guilty and Cheated are the two fastest on the album, but neither is about just pure speed. The tenth song, Insurrection, is probably my early favorite, as it seems to have more of a dynamic build-up than the rest, more of an epic quality. The album closer, King Me is a bit different, with some operatic background singing and orchestral instrumentation, but it doesn't come across as overly ambitious or pretentious, especially placed at the very end. Every song on Resolution, including King Me, boasts great riffs that do sometimes remind me of Dime, and sometimes of Killswitch, but the songs still sound like Lamb of God. I wouldn't call them particularly original, but some bands are just good at writing metal songs, and I think this is one of them. They haven't changed much, but they aren't one of those bands that sounds tired, hashing out more of the same old thing to earn a paycheck. Resolution will absolutely please their hardcore fans, but anyone into metal in general like me will probably hear a little something extra in Lamb of God than other current bands they're mentioned alongside. This new release is a solid delivery of aggression and power, offering one good song after another. In fact, as far as metal goes, you might say it's very dependable.
Musically, Resolution is clearly distinct from previous albums, and finds a sweet spot between raw recordings and overproduction. There are a few guitar solos (surprisingly) and a beautiful symphonic closing. Randy has incredible vocals as always. In short, this is Lamb of God doing exactly what they do best.
Now, for Resolution, I think they have taken the best elements of their previous 6 albums and laid them out over these 14 tracks. If your a LOG fan, theres nothing here not to like. Its a great modern thrash metal record. I think LOG have really distanced themselves over their perceived peers such as Shadows Fall, Killswitch, etc. I do like both of those bands along with Mastodon, but for me, LOG are the only band from the "New wave of American Metal" that have really stuck true to what they do they do best. They are ALL exceptional musicians and, the lyric tandem of Blythe/ Morton write some of the greatest most insightful lyrics in all of Metal. And as far as releasing consistently great albums and songs, has ANY Metal band been any better or more prolific since 2000? I cant think of any. Hell, it takes Metallica 12 years to release TWO records and one of them ( St. Anger ) SUCKS!! I did think Death Magnetic was better than anything since Justice, but I digress. Back to the whole consistency thing, I dont mind when a band I love takes some chances here and there, but I would like them to stay in the BALLPARK of what I love about them in the first place! Seems all the bands I have ever been REALLY into, at some point, take a big left turn that makes me ask "why?" All the way back to Sabbath, the first 6 albums, masterpieces, then you get Technical Ecstasy. Metallica awesome first 4, then you get the Black Album, which didnt suck, but it wasnt what I wanted or really needed from them as a fan. With these guys, I can get excited when the release something new, because I KNOW i am going to get some great thrash metal from them. Are they progressing and blazing new trails? Nope, but honestly, with what we Metal fans have seen from some of the best bands in the past, do we really WANT them trying to blaze new trails? I for one dont. If your a LOG fan, you will love Resolution period
With so many metal bands boldly alienating their core fans by releasing albums that make them virtually unrecognizable (I'm looking at you Opeth), it's reassuring to know at least one band is sticking to their guns.