Becomes more compelling as it goes on

It’s been five years since Lamb of God last unleashed a full volume of groove-injected rage upon a troubled world and with that world now even more troubled than before, this new album seems perfectly timely.

Momenti Mori enters the frame as a slow-burn build into Lamb of God’s punishing groove-ridden assault, Randall Blythe unharnessing his rage at the wrongfulness he sees all around him.The replacement of Chris Adler with Art Cruz has had no noticeable impact on the band’s  enviably consistent approach – it’s almost as if he budded off from the guy directly onto the drum stool. Elsewhere, there’s little difference from what Lamb of God always delivers – angry groove metal song followed by angry groove metal song, Blythe’s fury informing every track with a caustic howl – but you have to go back more than 15 years to find this level of anger and ferocity.

With less the bluesier stylings of Resolution or Sturm Und Drang‘s diversity, Lamb of God becomes more compelling as it goes on: with Resurrection Man they channel their inner Chaos A.D.; on Routes they match speed with an off-time riff and Chuck Billy to add gravitas to Blythe’s lyrics about his Standing Rock protest moment – it’s probably the album’s most genuine statement.

Not that Lamb of God ever sound contrived. They are literally one of the most honest-sounding exponents of metal rage in circulation. Expect no surprises but be surprised all the same. This is Lamb of God being straight-up Lamb of God, and it’s a belter.

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