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Daryl Soar

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'Resolution' starts slowly. Literally, a two minute dirge of epic uncompromising almost-stoner Metal. The drums kick in for the second track and a timbale heralds a return to the style and tempo I expected. This being Lamb of God, the slow intro was only the warm up for the surprises they had in store while demonstrating their commitment and absolute belief in math. No one ever said mathmetal had to be strummed out on a single muted note and this album drums home the fact hard and fast.

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If you're the kind of Lamb Of God fan that thinks the music died with the arrival of Redneck then this album may have you banging your head against your padded wall. If, like me, you found Redneck the key to access their entire back catalogue then, you are in for a treat.

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So what of the surprises?

This seems to be the album where LoG have discovered what a chorus is for. Hooks abound along with musical sections and melodic solos. Musical composition has risen to the fore. No more is accurately worked variation good enough. The song is the driving force behind each and every change.

The guitar work is more harmonic, and more surprisingly possesses a greater range of deviation in its mathematical precision. Mark Morton and Willie Adler have expanded the formula delivering syncopated rhythms, chord tones and harmonies in all the right places. There is a definite flavour of Pantera without ever sounding derivative and anything other than Lamb of God.

For the first time, I really have to applaud the lead work. No longer is it a mere distraction from the all-important rhythm. Now it's a part of the song, adding to the feel and emotional content. The mathematical precision is evident here too. Everything being in perfect time and the notes being impossibly well played.

The depth and richness of Randy Blythe's vocals are unquestionably superior to his previous efforts. There's no singing, just more tune, catchier rhythms and on the Pantera theme, some spoken drawls that slot in as naturally as if Phil himself had been drafted in for the part.

On the first listen through I was getting some God fatigue by track five. Everything after 'Ghost Walking' seemed relentlessly fast. By the second listen however, the subtleties were pressing home. The changes in tempo and rhythm guitar made the songs clearly different. And knowing slower numbers are coming made that extreme drive suddenly seem easy to cope with.

I don't want to ruin all the surprises but there are group chants and acoustic guitars... and even orchestral movements. But this is Lamb Of God and I have to praise them for expanding what they do without sacrificing who they are. When unexpected things happen it sounds as natural as breathing.

Which neatly brings me to the last song of the album, a song that brings everything together in one place, 'King Me'. It starts with spoken words, cuts into the finest math based rhythm and then smashes you clean on the jaw with blast of strings that bring an immense depth to an already outstanding song. I absolutely love it. If Redneck was pop, this is Lamb Of Prog.

Clearly their best album yet, every time it loops back to that thumping spoken word grinding opener, I'm ready for it all again. This is the first LoG album that I can say without hesitation that I'm happy to listen to repeatedly: no skip tracks or clock watching, only enjoying the ride all the way to the end and back again.

My Resolution: buy the album.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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