Hourglass review by Lamb of God

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  • Released: Jun 1, 2010
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (41 votes)
Lamb of God: Hourglass
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Sound — 10
Fifteen years translate into a pretty impressive length of time for a band in today's fickle music industry. Lamb of God celebrates that big milestone this year, and the Richmond-based band is commemorating the event with the release of a variety of box sets. In its most basic form, Hourglass is a 3-CD anthology that delves into three areas: The Underground Years, The Epic Years, and The Vault. There's a solid selection of material from Lamb of God's complete career, with a variety of Japanese bonus tracks and rehearsal demos included that could be deemed as the rarities in the bunch. If you're a fan of Lamb of God, you can't go wrong with any of the Hourglass releases. If you can scrape enough change together, however, you might want to track down the Super Deluxe Set that features not only the music, but a Jackson guitar and coffin case. The basic 3-CD edition is the primary focus of this Ultimate-Guitar review, but even without the bells and whistles it's still a quality release. The first CD The Underground Years certainly could be considered rawer and more sludge-driven, with no shortage of trademark riff work from Mark Morton and Willie Adler on tracks like Black Label, Ruin, and Resurrection #9. The 2nd CD features the most notable tracks from the albums Wrath, Ashes of the Wake, and Sacrament. Essentially that disk could be considered the greatest-hits portion of the box set, with tracks Walk With Me In Hell, Redneck, Set To Fail, and Laid To Rest all making the cut. The Vault includes a bevy of unheard/rarities, with some interesting rehearsal demos of Now You've Got Something To Die For and Hourglass. Although you can tell they haven't been through the mixing ringer, the tracks are surprisingly tight recordings. Other highlights include the insanely epic track Condemn The Hive from the Wrath Special Edition release and the stripped-down, gritty offerings Lame and Duane.

Lyrics — 9
Pretty much all of the content on the Hourglass box set has been heard before on previous releases, rare though some may be. Even so, seeing the culmination of vocalist Randy Blythe's creativity is impressive, with the frontman never hesitating to be brutally honest in his lyrics. Whether it's reflecting on humanity's innate flaws in Black Label (I would rip out my own entrails by hand just to be alone; Inanity rolls total through this sphere; Ostracized for clarity of vision) or singling out one who might deserve a good ass-kicking in Another Nail In Your Coffin (Borrowing from Peter to rape Paul; No news is good news, but I've got some news for you; Fetch me a rope, lynch mob of one), Lamb of God oozes passion and/or anger in pretty much every recording.

Overall Impression — 9
While you can't go wrong with the basic 3-CD Anthology of Hourglass, fans of Lamb of God should do themselves a favor and save up for the rarer editions. Also available is Deluxe Set that includes: a 144-page book of the band's art by K3n Adams, the Vinyl Edition (all six LPs from Lamb of God), the USB Box Set (which may win the prize for creativity with its cigarette-shaped box that once again features all six releases), and the Anthology. The biggie is the Super Deluxe Set, which retailing at $999.99 includes all of the aforementioned items, as well as the Mark Morton Signature Series Jackson Dominion D2 Guitar, a 4x6 Pure American Metal Flag, an Hourglass sticker, and a signed 8x10 photo. It may not be in your budget, but the Super Deluxe Set does make everything else just seem like second-best.

41 comments sorted by best / new / date

    SlipknotRule93
    Great review, but a little correction is needed. Willie Adler didn't record Ressurection #9. Abe Spear was the second guitarist in Burn the Priest; Willie Adler joined before New American Gospel was recorded.
    guitarsftw
    by will alone wrote: I like how the genre includes metalcore...
    Lamb of God are INCREDIBLY metalcore. Remember, metalcore is a fusion of metal and hardcore (obviously), it doesn't just mean DROP-C-RIFF-WHINEY-SCREAM-VOCALS-CLEAN-VOCAL-CHORUS-etc. Lamb of God obviously have major metal influences as well as some definitive hardcore influences. When you think about it, Lamb of God are more metalcore than most bands associated with the genre (AILD, BFMV, etc.) which are kinda emo metal, and kinda ruin metalcore for the more purist metal fans.
    metalheadTim
    Echoplex wrote: crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcoreLamb of God were completely metalcore around the Sacrament era...
    And anyone else that thinks they are metal core ARE FUCKING RETARDED. look up videos of them talking about there music. IF anything, they are just straight up AMERICAN metal. they are literally not hardcore or punk.
    SkepsisMetal wrote: crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcore Metalcore isnt a bad genre, its just got the bad image because of the crappy, unintelligent mass labelling of the mainstream Metalcore is literally just a fusion of hardcore metal and punk...which is exactly what Lamb of God are, and its awesome. Bands like KsE and BFMV aren't really metalcore tbh.
    So stop calling any band in metal "metal-core". they are one of the few bands to successfully infuse BLUES and METAL.... not ****ing punk retards. dont call yourself a fan unless you know the music.
    The Maw
    Why r people so concerned about what genre Lamb Of God is? You should just be happy they will cum in your ear pussies again.
    Metallidethium
    Echoplex : crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcore Lamb of God were completely metalcore around the Sacrament era...
    bullshit. they are groove metal and good ****ing american groove metal at that
    EpiExplorer
    Metallidethium wrote: Echoplex : crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcore Lamb of God were completely metalcore around the Sacrament era... bullshit. they are groove metal and good ****ing american groove metal at that
    American Groove (apart from being one of the few good american exports) has masses of influence from punk and southern rock. I'm pretty sure you notice breakdowns all over LoG's songs, same with FFDP and also the obvious faux-melodeath riffs that metalcore rips off so much..
    sewoo55
    yes they ARE metalcore, and there is nothing wrong with that. go listen to the song 11th Hour
    trendkill-
    metalheadTim wrote: Echoplex wrote: crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcoreLamb of God were completely metalcore around the Sacrament era... And anyone else that thinks they are metal core ARE FUCKING RETARDED. look up videos of them talking about there music. IF anything, they are just straight up AMERICAN metal. they are literally not hardcore or punk. SkepsisMetal wrote: crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcore Metalcore isnt a bad genre, its just got the bad image because of the crappy, unintelligent mass labelling of the mainstream Metalcore is literally just a fusion of hardcore metal and punk...which is exactly what Lamb of God are, and its awesome. Bands like KsE and BFMV aren't really metalcore tbh. So stop calling any band in metal "metal-core". they are one of the few bands to successfully infuse BLUES and METAL.... not ****ing punk retards. dont call yourself a fan unless you know the music.
    chill out mr. elitist if you care that much about a label you have much more important issues to address then log being called metal core which they do have influences what a band calls them selfs doesnt make them so, its the music they put out.
    SkepsisMetal
    metalheadTim wrote: So stop calling any band in metal "metal-core". they are one of the few bands to successfully infuse BLUES and METAL.... not ****ing punk retards. dont call yourself a fan unless you know the music.
    I don't remember ever calling "any" metal band a metalcore band. I was simply saying, that in basis, Lamb of God are. If you are so tainted by MTV and their opinions, then stick with it. But you won't get far discussing it here. And one of the few bands to incorporate blues into metal?! Seriously...? Look back to Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath or Led Zep. They gave you metal, my friend. Ever since then, pretty much every metal band has used blues stylings in their work. Lamb of God, Machine Head, Pantera, Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry, Rage Against the Machine. Hell, even bands like Racer X, Cannibal Corpse and Nile cite listening to blues players at a young age and using their influence throughout their career. So next time you try and call someone out, make sure you know what you're on about.
    SkepsisMetal
    [quote]metalheadTim wrote: Echoplex wrote: crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcoreLamb of God were completely metalcore around the Sacrament era... And anyone else that thinks they are metal core ARE FUCKING RETARDED. look up videos of them talking about there music. IF anything, they are just straight up AMERICAN metal. they are literally not hardcore or punk.quote] Oh and for the record, Randy Blythe himself has said many times that Lamb of God are just a punk band who play metal. The guy grew up on bands like the Misfits and Bad Religion. Apologies for the triple post.
    Emmanuel200
    [quote]metalheadTim wrote: Echoplex wrote: crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcoreLamb of God were completely metalcore around the Sacrament era... And anyone else that thinks they are metal core ARE FUCKING RETARDED. look up videos of them talking about there music. IF anything, they are just straight up AMERICAN metal. they are literally not hardcore or punk.quote] Oh and for the record, Randy Blythe himself has said many times that Lamb of God are just a punk band who play metal. The guy grew up on bands like the Misfits and Bad Religion. Apologies for the triple post.
    That is HOT!
    Oxidation_Shed
    metalheadTim wrote: Echoplex wrote: crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcoreLamb of God were completely metalcore around the Sacrament era... And anyone else that thinks they are metal core ARE FUCKING RETARDED. look up videos of them talking about there music. IF anything, they are just straight up AMERICAN metal. they are literally not hardcore or punk. SkepsisMetal wrote: crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcore Metalcore isnt a bad genre, its just got the bad image because of the crappy, unintelligent mass labelling of the mainstream Metalcore is literally just a fusion of hardcore metal and punk...which is exactly what Lamb of God are, and its awesome. Bands like KsE and BFMV aren't really metalcore tbh. So stop calling any band in metal "metal-core". they are one of the few bands to successfully infuse BLUES and METAL.... not ****ing punk retards. dont call yourself a fan unless you know the music.
    You sir, are a moron. American Metal isn't a genre. Just coming from a specific country does not give your music certain traits. It may influence it but it doesn't define who you are. Just because a band says they are something does not make it so. If Howard Jones said that Killswitch Engage were akin to Mayhem it would not make it so. Rock music evolved from Blue and so all of it, even down to the heaviest, fastest Grindcore, has Blues influences which is why people say that Lamb Of God shares traits with Hardcore, which they do. "Metalhead"Tim; don't call yourself a metal head unless you actually know the music...
    sewoo55
    ..... all metal bands from america are american metal. metallica is also pure american metal, so is megadeth, so is mudvayne, so is gojira, so is testament, so is pantera.... yes, some are thrash metal, some are groove, some are industrial metal, but so what? they are all metal bands and from america and all metal is pure. so, yes, i agree that LoG is pure american ****ing metal. Having said that, they are a metalcore band. chris adler said in the sacrement DVD that lamb of god is a speed metal band, which i think is bullshit. and yes, like someone mentioned above, they incorporate punk and blues btw, why do so many people take offence with the term 'metalcore?'
    postmortemspasm
    ... all metal bands from america are american metal. metallica is also pure american metal, so is megadeth, so is mudvayne, so is gojira, so is testament, so is pantera....
    gojira's from france u dick
    sewoo55
    postmortemspasm wrote: ... all metal bands from america are american metal. metallica is also pure american metal, so is megadeth, so is mudvayne, so is gojira, so is testament, so is pantera.... gojira's from france u dick
    ok, not gojira. But did u really have to call me a dick and insult me like that?
    raminile
    SkepsisMetal wrote: crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcore Metalcore isnt a bad genre, its just got the bad image because of the crappy, unintelligent mass labelling of the mainstream Metalcore is literally just a fusion of hardcore metal and punk...which is exactly what Lamb of God are, and its awesome. Bands like KsE and BFMV aren't really metalcore tbh.
    hear hear!
    SkepsisMetal
    crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcore
    Metalcore isnt a bad genre, its just got the bad image because of the crappy, unintelligent mass labelling of the mainstream Metalcore is literally just a fusion of hardcore metal and punk...which is exactly what Lamb of God are, and its awesome. Bands like KsE and BFMV aren't really metalcore tbh.
    espChris93
    EpiExplorer wrote: At least its not as rediculously huge as Live Shit: BnP.
    i cant tell if this is sarcasm or if you actually believe this haha. but i agree with BlackSymphony6, if you're going to spend $1,000 on Lamb of God material then you already have nearly everything they make plus since we're on UG anyone who plays guitar and likes Morton's playing that much either already has that guitar or has a good enough guitar that they dont want to replace with a guitar that comes with a bonus anthology.
    MrJackson
    Wow... I REALLY want the Super Deluxe version, too bad moneys a bit too tight to pick it up. gonna have to go with the basic anthology. sadface/happyface (?)
    larrytheguitar
    I thought the Vault was an interesting release. The rehearsal tracks were cool. I love any kind of metal with a "garage band" feel to it.
    Awfulplayer
    The Super Deluxe Set makes everything else seem like second-best? Why? Because you get an overpriced, piece-of-garbage guitar?
    yngwie.jnr
    XxJDSchilderxX wrote: Does anyone know when they stop making this? Saving up takes time.
    there is only 300 hundred being made. =[ =[
    Echoplex
    crazybasser42! wrote: i HATE how the genre includes metalcore
    Lamb of God were completely metalcore around the Sacrament era...
    BlackSymphony6
    if you're a big enough fan of lamb of god to spend $999 on them, you'll already have all their shit, why would you need all their albums again in a variety of different formats?
    Zeraninator
    BlackSymphony6 wrote: if you're a big enough fan of lamb of god to spend $999 on them, you'll already have all their shit, why would you need all their albums again in a variety of different formats?
    I was thinking the same thing. Not to mention AwfulPlayer's comment is completely true.
    LeVl@th@n
    just saw these crazy mother****ers in b'lore....but damn i wish pantera were still around...*sigh*...RIP dimebag\m/\m/
    LeVl@th@n
    its more towards metalcore ...i prefer the sound of bls and shit..more pure in my opinion..\m/..
    JezusFlowers
    Are these the exact same recordings as on the actual albums? I hate how the drums were recorded in New American Gospel, if they remastered or rerecorded their older songs so that the double bass doesn't sound like a kid's snare, I'd be all over this.