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Being a huge fan of Lamb Of God i knew that this album was going to be something definitely worth investing in for the fourth time i was not disappointed. A lot of people hate on L.O.G mainly based on listening to a track or two but if you want the real feel of what this band has to offer i have to say that this album would be the one i would recommend. Vocally i have to say that its all getting a bit repetitive but time after time i am handed a chorus tha just send a shiver down my spine. Musically i have never heard a band play so well together, they are VERY tight in terms of timing and in 4 albums worth of music i haven't heard a single off note. The guitar riffs are original, as are the solos and executed with such excellence. The drumming, i have to say, as a drummer myself i am always inspired by Chris Adler's ability and this time around i was presented with a drumming display the likes of which have never been heard. All in all i have to say that this is one of my favourite albums of all time and definitely belongs in the CD collection of ANY metal fan.
Lamb of God is exactly the sort of band I'm usually inclined to hate, for cheapening the metal genre with hardcore influences and all that other rubbish. I was a bit disappointed to realise that their popular 2006 album 'Sacrament' is actually pretty good, certainly a hell of a lot better than the albums I'd previously heard where the drumming style was indistinguishable from a CD skipping.
Lamb of God would still be classed as metalcore, but there's enough of a groove metal foundation to keep this appealing to metal fans, replete with guitar solos and heavy riffs. The over-the-top hostility of the vocals is annoying, especially in the pointlessly sweary chorus of 'Redneck' that I can only hope is supposed to be ironic or something, and similarly the drums are also a little irritating for sounding so much like a set of dustbins. The album balances savagery and melody better than most modern bands are capable of, but in the end this next-generation Pantera all sounds pretty similar.
1. Walk With Me in Hell
2. Again We Rise
5. Foot to the Throat
7. Blacken the Cursed Sun
8. Forgotten (Lost Angels)
10. More Time to Kill
11. Beating On Death's Door
The most recent album to come out of one of the most commercialised metal bands at the moment. Sacrament boasts the same lamb of god trademarks as the album's predessecors such as "Ashes of the Wake" and "As the Palaces Burn".
The bands overall production and sound quality seems to have improved from album to album but in my opinion, which seems to be highly controversial between my group of metalhead mates, is that this ISN'T the best album to emerge from the riff writing fingers of Willie Adler and Mark Morton.
There are some definite memorable tracks on this album such as "Redneck" which has some cracking catchy aggressive lyrics under some typical LOG fast fingered, powerful, muted riffage.
Other songs such as the opener "Walk with me in Hell" boasts a more progressive side to lamb of god which continues to the brutal climaxes of groove filled riffs complimented by Chris Adler's solid and inventive drumming.
By no means am I saying this is a dissappointing album, far from it in fact.
Any current Lamb of God fan would be majorly missing out on not buying this and any other Heavy Metal fan in general will definitely get something out of it.
The reason I find this album slightly less comformative to my taste that Lamb of God have established from songs such as "As the Palaces Burn" and "Ashes of the Wake" is because of, what appears to me, less riff complexity and the different approach to song writing. Trying to explain this to someone who hasn't listened to the album (Just presuming you haven't) is exceedingly difficult as the differences are slight but definitely noticeable from having listened to "As the Palaces Burn" and "Ashes of the Wake".
The accesibility of this album compared to the previous ones is higher in my opinion and if you haven't listened to Lamb of God before I'd recommend getting stuck into this one first off due to high quality production, more audible lyrics, strong melodies (in some tracks) and less emphasis on heavy detuned distortion.
Be not afraid though fans, dissappointment is not on the cars with this purchase: It is Brutal, Headbangable, Interesting, Catchy Metal that will leave the listener with an acheing neck after a full play.
MANY, will have different opinions to me as this is a strong competitor in the Lamb of God Discography.
I love it, BUT, not my favourite.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Walk With Me In Hell
2 Again We Rise
5 Foot To The Throat
7 Blacken The Cursed Sun
8 Forgotten (Lost Angels)
10 More Time To Kill
11 Beating On Death's Doo