LAMB OF GOD - Wrath
February 27, 2009, 11 years ago
Long overdue, especially given the “strike while the iron is hot” mentality within the music industry (and a failing one at that), but the vicious Virginians filled the gap with an all-encompassing double DVD. Now, as the touring cycle revs up, millions are anxious for the latest batch (11 tracks) of brutality. Even as the disc begins, one must wait a little longer as ‘The Passing’, while less than two minutes, is a slow, nearly acoustic instrumental in the mood of ‘Planet Caravan’ or ‘Cemetery Gates’. It only serves to make ‘In Your Words’ all the more frenetic, practically jumping out of the speakers, the Lambs nearly as eager as their fans for sonic interaction. Randy Blythe’s vocals are more varied, between hellish growl and Chuck Billy (Testament) styled shouted highs. There are more restrained passages, capable of showing off the guitar work, but that’s not to downplay the aural assault on display throughout. Witness the nail gun drumming intro of ‘Set To Fail’, the southern rock-inspired first single/video. Apart from a brief respite, the 3:22 ‘Contractor’ is a punk tempo rant. ‘Grace’ is another subtly (tastefully?) introduced number, before the mouth that roared kicks in, double-tracked “singing” atop sustained shrieks: “Father, falling from his grace again. This is where the end begins.” A traditional metal vibe dominates the guitar break. Want more old school fretboard dancing? There’s the thrashing riffs of ‘Everything To Nothing’. Is it possible to have groove at high velocity? Definitely! ‘Choke Sermon’. Can LOG do mid-tempo? Sure, try ‘Dead Seeds’. The ‘Reclamation’ finale is by far the longest track (at 7:07, it eclipses two or more of the shorter tunes, combined!). It begins and ends with lazy southern guitar (a near banjo sound). Should be interesting to see how the kids react to this more mature (thoughtfully backwards-looking) album.