by Lamb of God
Released: Jan 2011
As on its 2009 predecessor Wrath, the 2012 album by these Virginia death-metal lifers lurches and pounds within predictably prescribed perimeters. Given Elmer Fudd-enunciating Randy Blythe's oppressive but orthodox screech-grunting at a world of lazy liars, it's no shock that the most intriguing track is probably the drowsy, buzzing instrumental "Barbarosa." Still, the radio-friendly chorus of "Insurrection" lets some psychedelic melody seep in; "To the End" hides hard classic-rock swing under Blythe's retch; and closer "King Me" mixes in Mozart motions, Latin lingo and dusky monologues.