Lamb of God Wrath (Deluxe Edition)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: February 24, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Epic
Spin - p.81"[T]he palm-mutes jackhammer riffs and Randy Blythe's elastic denunciations of liars, hypocrites, and lying hypocrites are frightfully precise."
Entertainment Weekly - p.58"Randy Blythe's demonic bark, Adler's chain-gun rhythms, and the ferocious chug-chug-chug squeal riffing are all vintage Lamb of God." -- Grade: B+
Alternative Press - p.1364 stars out of 5 -- "[H]ighlights include 'Fake Messiah,' a bleak pummeling culmination point, and 'Reclamation,' which uses shreddy acoustics adn the sound of crashing waves to bring WRATH to a memorable close."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.52"Fast and furious, there are moments of unbridled fury not seen since the release of their AS THE PALACES BURN breatkthrough....Lamb Of God are a band firmly on top of their game."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.963 stars out of 5 -- "[S]ome of the new album matches, or even surpasses, the quality of SACRAMENT: it's cleaner and more atmospheric this time round, allowing the band's stunning musicianship to come through."
- 1.The Passing
- 2.In Your Words
- 3.Set To Fail
- 5.Fake Messiah
- 7.Broken Hands
- 8.Dead Seeds
- 9.Everything To Nothing
- 10.Choker Sermon
Lamb of God: Randy Blythe (vocals); Mark Morton , Willie Adler (guitar); John Campbell (bass guitar); Chris Adler (drums).
Audio Mixer: Josh Wilbur.
Audio Remasterer: Brian Gardner .
Recording information: Dizzyland, Rochester, NH; Electric Lady Studios; Sound Of Music, Richmond, VA; Studio Barbarosa, Bavon, VA.
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 clich‚d 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. [Wrath was also released in a Deluxe Edition featuring a bonus disc.] ~ James Christopher Monger
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