Lamb Of God: Resolution

Veteran Virginian metallists finally hit the nail on the head.

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Despite producing a succession of consistently powerful and invigorating albums over the past decade or so, Lamb Of God have never quite produced a stone cold classic to cement their reputation as greats of the modern age.

Joyously, Resolution is precisely that: as brutal and uncompromising as anything in their catalogue, it is simply stronger on every level than all previous efforts, while exhibiting a bravery and diversity that belies the unerring focus of their instantly recognisable sound.

From the pitiless doom of opener Straight For The Sun and the fist-flurry turbo-thrash of Desolation to the raging, hardcore punk of Cheated and the bellicose, southern-fried melee of To The End, this is a masterclass in precise brutality, razor-sharp hooks and imperious bluster.

It ends with the rugged orchestral pomp of King Me, an epic and startling indication that this band are evolving into something quite extraordinary.

Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.