Front runners in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal
, Lamb of God
have been decimating ears since the dropping of ‘New American Gospel’ in 2000. In a similar vein to countrymen Chimaira
, Lamb of God
’s weapon is a punishing assault of thrash, chugging breakdowns and a particular vicious roar from frontman Randy
Blyth. Previous albums ‘Ashes
of the Wake
’ and ‘As the Palaces Burn
’ have been stand up examples of why they are quite rightly revered as an excellent example of modern metal, and Sacrament
just cements this reputation.
Opening with the fire-breathing, titanic lumbering beast that is ‘Walk with Me in Hell
’, the band do little to let up the intense pummelling that your ears will receive. Tracks like ‘Redneck’ and ‘Pathetic’ are also of note, both contain great riffing sections. But it is the towering ‘Beating on Death’s Door’ that closes the album that is probably the best rack here. Vocalist Blyth sounds like Pantera
’s Phil Anselmo for the new generation, and there is more touches of Pantera
strewn throughout the album. But the vocals have stepped up a level, throwing in melodic and clean vocal sections into an album that glistens with a wonderfully crisp production. Now critics will say that such a quality production is a show of selling out but there is absolutely nothing wrong with a quality level of sound to show exactly what the band is capable of.
Flexing their muscular riffs all over this album, the band pull off an impressive, gleaming mix of groove, crushing heaviness and roaring brutality. Lamb of God
are becoming a bit of a modern Pantera
, heavy as hell with a raw, Southern groove underneath a shiny exterior. Continuing this path shall only bring them more fans, more sales and hopefully, more quality albums like this. A triumph for polished and still heavy as fuck music.