CD review LAMB OF GOD ‘Lamb of God’

One of the most important protagonists of the New Wave of American Metal are undoubtedly Lamb Of God. After the guys were on the road as Burn The Priest for a few years, the breakthrough as Lamb Of God came relatively quickly.

‘New American Gospel’ paved the way for the five-piece band from Richmond, Virginia. Since then, the band has been able to continuously expand their fanbase and joined Nuclear Blast a few years ago, where their last album ‘VII: Sturm und Drang’ was released. That was in 2015 and fans had to wait patiently for the successor to see the light of day.

Not only that the waiting period was 5 years, due to the Corona pandemic the original release date was postponed even for another few weeks. Finally, on June 19th, ‘Lamb of God’, the new album, will be available in the record stores.

Ten songs made it onto the record and what is already crystal clear from the first time listening to the album is, that the five-piece powerhouse from Virginia has built up quite a fury, which now has an outlet through the new album.

Everything begins quietly but oppressively. ‘Memento Mori’ starts like a fever dream in which Randy Blythe’s voice is the center of attention. The whole feverish mood doesn’t last long, because after two minutes the band starts with full speed. This furious thrash metal song is a good test for the neck muscles, a part of your body you surely need in good shape for the rest of the album. ‘Checkmate’ takes the same line before the band initiate with ‘Gears’ another riff firework. ‘Reality Bath’ and ‘New Colossal Hate’ groove quite heavily before the menacing and slow ‘Resurrection Man’ takes over and spreads a malicious vibe.

Lamb Of God also invited two guests. Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta takes adds great vocals to ‘Poison Dream’, followed by Bay Area vocal legend Chuck Billy (Testament) who puts his vocal signature on the lightning-fast ‘Routes’. Slowly but surely we are approaching the end of ‘Lamb of God’. With ‘Bloodshot Eyes’ and ‘On the Hook’ the band has put two songs at the end of the longplayer, that are in no way inferior to everything you have heard before. And if you think that you’re off the hook with ‘On the Hook’, no way. There is a temptation to press ‘Start’ again.

Lamb Of God remain true to their basic musical concept. Only few other bands represent modern thrash metal as good as Lamb Of God. Their eighth album is characterized by power, energy and dynamic. ‘Lamb of God’ ends a five year wait with a big blast and those who haven’t trained their neck muscles over the years will not be able to do without sore muscles. Brute songs and a brute album, both of which fit well into the current time.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Memento Mori
  2. Checkmate
  3. Gears
  4. Reality Bath
  5. New Colossal Hate
  6. ResurrectionMan
  7. Poison Dream
  8. Routes
  9. Bloodshot Eyes
  10. On the Hook

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Modern Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: June 19th, 2020

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