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Lamb of God

Lamb of God: SacramentSacrament (2006)
Sony Music Entertainment

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Since releasing their first major album New American Gospel in 2000, Lamb of God has been hailed as the saviours of real American metal from the myriad bands that have the word "-core" somewhere in their bio. New American Gospel won several album of the year awards, and LoG were on their way to beco.
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Since releasing their first major album New American Gospel in 2000, Lamb of God has been hailed as the saviours of real American metal from the myriad bands that have the word "-core" somewhere in their bio. New American Gospel won several album of the year awards, and LoG were on their way to becoming the pre-eminent thrash band of the new millenium. Just how much attention they garnered can be surmised from the fact that Epic signed them to a contract in 2004, and in true major label fashion pushed them to release a new album in five months. Following that album (Ashes of the Wake), two years of constant touring followed, during which I had the pleasure of experiencing LoG live on the Sounds of the Underground tour with Slayer. After finally finding time to return to the studio, Lamb of God has released Sacrament, their brand new metal opus.

A quick aural run through Sacrament shows that it is more of an evolution than a revolution in LoG's sound. There's two notable changes: the more processed sound and the more varied guitar playing. It is pretty clear that big money is behind this release. The sound is crystal clear, the instruments are perfectly separated, and there is plenty of low end. However, everything feels overpolished. Too much reverb, too much overdub, too much compression. Randy Blythe's vocals, though as vicious as ever, sound a bit rounded off, and it seems with every release he gets closer to being a Phil Anselom sound-alike. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, LoG have enough of an identity by now to do their own thing.

As noted, the guitar playing has also undergone some changes. Touring with a lot of European metal bands has clearly left a mark on the guitar duo of Mark Morton and Will Adler. There is less of the straight-ahead chugging rhythm of the previous releases, and a lot more combined lead/rhythm lines. Not to worry though, LoG has not turned into Children of Bodom. The leads are effectively incorporated into the essential LoG sound, producing a more interesting, varied and full sound (check out "Descending" and "Forgotten (Lost Angels)" for some examples). My main complaint against LoG has always has been the lack of variance: their albums tend to sound the same after the first few songs. Sacrament is much better in this regard, but I still found it a tad repetitive, and it took me a good half-dozen listens to fully get into it.

Lyrically, Sacrament is more introspective than LoG's previous releases, which tended to focus on religion and politics as their main themes. Anger, depression, and addiction seem to be the main issues, with several songs also serving as poetic jabs at the U.S. south ("Redneck," "Foot to the Throat"), and all that it stands for in the popular imagination. Just to make sure we don't think LoG have gone all emo on us, the inside of the album notes has a picture of a goat-headed Satan figure -- probably intended for those people who bought this album thinking it was Christian rock based on the band and album title. They will be in for a bit of a shock.

Bottom line: If you liked LoG's previous releases, you'll like Sacrament. If Lamb of God is not your cup of tea, this album will not change your mind.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Mezzy (June 30, 2008)

"This band is a sack of shit. Fucking generic metal. Go listen to more Slipknot."

hang on, LOG is far from being generic, Slipknot on the other hand, is GENERIC AS FUCK Nu-metal. Trend followers who stole the whole masks and jump suits thing from Mushroomhead (equally as shit).

To sum up:
LOG is more metal than your mum's articial hip
Slipknot are as about as metal as that whole 'eye liner and my girlfriends dead' pouser bullshit.

Thank you and goodnight

Albert_Belle (April 15, 2007)

xFreezyx, LOG has more talent and technical ability than all of your top bands combined. How can you call these guys generic when some of your favorites are metalcore. Let me guess, real metal fans make fun of your taste in music, and this is your way of getting back at them.

xFreezyx (March 4, 2007)

This band is a sack of shit. Fucking generic metal. Go listen to more Slipknot.

TrailorParkThrash (December 28, 2006)

hey "ken" do u remember this little tune,"i just wanna live,don't care about the things that they say!" and u said that punk was ahead of metal.u set youself up for that one

crazytoledo (October 24, 2006)

I thought metal went all emo now a days. Ha, well most of it did kind of embrace the emotional theme vocally. But then again, all the metalheads won't admit to this and label anything even remotely emotional and melodic as core.

Basically, metal is good, but a lot of metalheads are ignorant ass holes. Not all, but a lot are, and most like to act like it on the internet.

Anonymous (October 23, 2006)

""metal is the opposite of what makes punk great" if your into the no talent music scene, and the ignorant politics,then you are truly punk, but i'm sure an idiot such as yourself will take that as a compliment"

Yeah right - Metal is still singing about satan and shit like 25 years later. Punks may be into superficial sloganeering (at least as far as lyric sheets go), but they are still at least 10 years ahead of metal at any given time in the lyrics department. LET THE BODIES HIT THA FLO! LET THE BODIES HIT THA FLO!!!!!111one.

-Ken

Anonymous (October 23, 2006)

If you would direct your attenton to this post
http://punknews.org/review/308
you might notice that everyone seems to agree that punk is more than just a type of music, it's a lifestyle. Which is why i have no prolem with metal on a punksite, because punks and metalheads have gone through a lot of the same shit. No one ever got in trouble for listening to lame ass pop punk (eg. the killers). So stop bitching.

pz

Anonymous (October 23, 2006)

Note to: muskawo
Comments like that are exactly why people think Punkfans are narrow minded, blind-anger Asses who use "punk" as an excuse to get into fights and spit at people.
Thanks a lot.

ManuelLabor13 (October 23, 2006)

love this new record.

Anonymous (October 20, 2006)

"metal is the opposite of what makes punk great" if your into the no talent music scene, and the ignorant politics,then you are truly punk, but i'm sure an idiot such as yourself will take that as a compliment

Anonymous (October 20, 2006)

what makes punk great exactly?

muskawo_ (October 19, 2006)

Seeing metal reviews o this site annoys me more than seeing pop rock reviews. (which actually doesnt bother me much)

Metal is the opposite of everything that makes punk great.

its pretentious musical masturbation

Then again I'm a girl and I dont think metal is marketed towards me anyway :

bassthoven (October 19, 2006)

Lamb of God is incredible. Anyone who plays guitar or drums can appreciate it. Unfortunately, this website is full of the same little bitches that turned punk into shit. So you should go fuck yourself.

Anonymous (October 19, 2006)

this band has always had the lamest and dumbest looking art ever. all their shirts and cd covers just look retarded.

feeeding5000 (October 19, 2006)

I think the real question is, "is this website big enough for one crazytoledo?"

Anonymous (October 19, 2006)

So this gets an 8 and Intronaut gets a 7. Hmmmmm, does Atreyu get a 9? This website aint big enough for 2 craytoledos.

I second that.


I third that.

Big_Guy (October 18, 2006)

This band is so fucking overblown. They suck. They've always sucked. This album saw 4 songs and had to be removed from the CD player. It's now in my "for sale" pile.

so true

Anonymous (October 18, 2006)

why would anyone listen to this when napalm has new shit out

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

This band is so fucking overblown. They suck. They've always sucked. This album saw 4 songs and had to be removed from the CD player. It's now in my "for sale" pile.

crazytoledo (October 17, 2006)

So this gets an 8 and Intronaut gets a 7. Hmmmmm, does Atreyu get a 9? This website aint big enough for 2 craytoledos.

I second that.

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

is anybody else fucking tired of Lamb Of God bitching about how hard it is to record a new record? every fucking interview, dude...whine whine.

and all that hard work makes for this fuggin tripe? yeah, i know about the Pantera comparisons but i get more of a Rob Zombie vibe and that's just...wrong.

1 randy has always sucked.

2 the drums are so exact that they don't sound human.

3 the guitars have been noodly as of late.

4 and the art sucks.

-a disgruntled fan.

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

Jesus they're fucking lame. New Napalm Death, though, ohhhhhmaaaannnn.

sirens (October 17, 2006)

saviours of american metal.... you have balls, too bad their small. If you want the saviours of metal listen to Saviours REAL fucking metal, not this numetal bullshit.

klonny (October 17, 2006)

Lamb of God SUUUUUUUCKS

But I'll listen to a song or two from this album BECAUSE I'M FORGIVING LIKE THAT.

feeeding5000 (October 17, 2006)

Bleh, for the band, the album, and the review. We need to seriously "up tha punk" on this site. Who here wants to help me start the loosely-affilliated hardcorenews.org?

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

Lame lame lame lame lame.

Lamb of God is one of the most amateurish, overrated metal bands out there, for a start.
Then, add in the fact that most fans say that this is subpar for a Lamb of God album.

Do the math...this album blows.

tenwestchaser (October 17, 2006)

I really dislike this band. Does anybody else find it extremely uncreative, boring, lackluster, immature etc. that they feel the need to constantly swear? It's not like I mind swearing but with them they do it so often it just sounds uncreative like nu-metal lyrics. Like that new video he's always sayin "this is a mother fuckin..." whatever he goes on to say, I don't even care. It just sounds bad. Lame.

sceneholocaust (October 17, 2006)

First: The album. It's no Ashes of the Wake or As the Palaces Burn but it's not a disgrace by any means. It would have been better if Randy would have stuck to his traditional approach to vocals and not the Pantera-ish method. Also, I agree that "Redneck" was a terrible single choice. "Forgotten" and "Again We Rise" are far and away better choices.

Second: The retarded comments so far:

"this album is fucking lame, just absolutely did nothing for me.the lack of impression it left on me is actually impressive"

..Yet you felt the need to comment on it.. Hmmm

"these guys are from Virginia, so it's kinda funny they would make fun of the south"

Martin Luther King was from Georgia and Alabama... was it funny for him to protest? I don't think so. I've lived in the South for 6 years and that time has given me the perspective and the right to rip on the shortcomings of this shithole.

"I don't understand why people like metal, first you can't understand what the singers say, second it is all males, I mean punk is male dominated but metal is all males. And the only way to dance to metal is punching people, and that is not fun."

Obviously you've never heard of Arch Enemy. What big punk bands are female-fronted? Besides AFI of course...

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

So this gets an 8 and Intronaut gets a 7. Hmmmmm, does Atreyu get a 9? This website aint big enough for 2 craytoledos.

BroDave_17 (October 17, 2006)

"metal is better than punk as of today."

thats what everyone seems to think these days

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

I didn't say you listen to Hawthorne, I suggested that you pick up one of their albums if the loud noisey metal hurts your little girley ears.

Bands like Carcass, Pig Destroyer, Converge, Vovoid ect are undeniably talented bands, all though their vocal style or the extreme sound does not appeal to the mainstream mases or those into "flogging Molly" I can see why it would be out of your realm of understanding.

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

Wow from my statement you concluded I listen to Hawthorne Heights, great job. First I listen to bands like the ergs, briefs, social distortion, cocksparrer, blitz, briefs, wednesday night heroes, flogging molly, US Bombs, not metal B.S. And my mom does like a lot of the music I listen to because it is good.

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

"don't understand why people like metal, first you can't understand what the singers say, second it is all males, I mean punk is male dominated but metal is all males. And the only way to dance to metal is punching people, and that is not fun"

Wow you sound like my parents. You can't always understand lyrically what people are saying in punk music either, unless you listen to shitty pop-punk (which it appears you do). Angry music requires angry vocal delivery of you don't like it, listen to Hawthorne Heights.

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

I don't understand why people like metal, first you can't understand what the singers say, second it is all males, I mean punk is male dominated but metal is all males. And the only way to dance to metal is punching people, and that is not fun.

elguapo (October 17, 2006)

this band is so fucking good live. this album is damn good. this review is damn boring.

DiscoFucker (October 17, 2006)

Never really did care for this band. Just not my cup o tea.

But this review is absolute garbage. I know very close to nothing about LoG, but I knew a lot in this was wrong.

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

Score is for the new Napalm Death.

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

these guys are from Virginia, so it's kinda funny they would make fun of the south

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

metal reigns over punk any day of the week,punk is for angry douche bags who aren't talented to play anything past 3 chord guitar riffs, or a standard sped up drum beat, and thats a fact

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

LoG is so fuckin lame and overrated, why not try reviewing this generations greatest metal band,MASTODON!!!

Ianw (October 17, 2006)

This record is FAR to Pantera stlye thrash for my tastes. A little too much mid-tempo tough-guy groove. I can head band to this though, when they get a hold of a goor riff they shure as hell thrash that bitch.

Redneck is a really lame single though.

crazytoledo (October 17, 2006)

Nice press notes on the album.

This album is okay I guess...

m-oo (October 17, 2006)

hahaha I love how all these metal bands always get an 8 or 9. Fuck this.

Moo

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

i'd take this album over the say anything/mewithoutyou/ Piebald experience...

mikeinflames (October 17, 2006)

this album was such a huge disappointment
mind you it was better than thier last album (but that isn't too hard)

SlackMFr (October 17, 2006)

Lamb of Gay. Metal is retard-o.

venicebeachxc (October 17, 2006)

This is a fucking solid cd. Metal is better these days.

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

metal is better than punk as of today.

ilikepunkrock (October 17, 2006)

When did punk become metal? Metal is not good, and I like punk rock. End of story

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

What's with all these shitty metal bands getting decent reviews? That GWAR album is terrible, and so is this piece of crap.

Scruffy (October 17, 2006)

Um, four stars is not a perfect score.

Also, in the second paragraph, it should be "There're", not "There's".

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

who wrote this fanboy crap review? their record label? i bet it was....and also, how did this get a perfect review when the second paragraph is bagging on the sound of the album? that makes no sense whatsoever.

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

this album is fucking lame, just absolutely did nothing for me.the lack of impression it left on me is actually impressive

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

What the fuck is this review doing on this site? Hahahaha jesus christ...

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

Slayer wasn't on sounds of the underground. You're thinking of the Unholy Alliance Tour, dude.

burningfeeetman (October 17, 2006)

Good job forgetting an entire cd and getting shit wrong.

BrendanKelly (October 17, 2006)

who wrote this review? crazytoledo?

mattp330 (October 17, 2006)

there is something about that cover art i really hate, it looks cheap

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