LAMB OF GOD play the Phoenix Friday (January 27). See listing. Rating: NNN
Richmond, Virginia's Lamb of God specialize in that brutal sort of thrashy groove metal popularized by Pantera in the early 90s. It lurches forward on lickety-split double-bass-drum work, throat-shredding vocals and a barrage of fast/slow chugging guitar riffs that break off into fleeting bursts of squeals and solos.
Resolution is as aggressive as ever, no mean feat for a band sevens albums in, and rife with memorable riffs (Desolation, The Undertow, Barbarosa). And while the five-piece continue to write virtually the same song over and over again (hell, practically in the same key), there are new proggier and acoustic bits (Ghost Walking) on display.
Best is when Randy Blythe opts for pure singing, like in the chorus of The Number Six, a welcome change-up from all the screaming. That said, the ominous talk-singing weaving through epically orchestral final track King Me veers perilously close to cheese.
Top track: Desolation