Sacrament review by Lamb of God

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  • Released: Aug 22, 2006
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (344 votes)
Lamb of God: Sacrament
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Sound — 9
Lamb Of God recently released their fourth full length album, this being their second off major label Epic Records. During the months leading up to this new release, many fans began to question the musical direction Lamb of God were heading towards, especially after the Pantera-esque single "Redneck". Well it's safe to say, after listening to this album at least 25 times, Lamb Of God have only gotten heavier and better. The most noticeable changes on this album are the inclusion of string arrangements, and plentiful guitar solos by Mark Morton and Willie Adler. The strings they have implemented into this record greatly add to the dynamics of the songs. "Walk With Me in Hell" has an absolutley monumental chorus which makes good use of them. And "Redneck"? Well, it's not that bad. I disliked it at first, but it sounds loads heavier on CD and flows nicely with "Sacrament".

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics and sreaming of Randy Blythe are the most improved thing about this album. His vocal range has increased since Ashes of the Wake, and there are many subtle multi-trackings of vocals during songs, which give his voice more of a 'melody'. I use that term loosely, as Randy is by no means singing on this CD. Randy's vocals seem to be harsher and less clear than Ashes, but they sound the best that way. This album has the most New American Gospel shrieks since that record, but they are few and far between. It's put to use very well on "Descending". Lyrically, this album focuses on much darker themes. Randy talks about fallen angels, depression, hatred, hopelessness, all cheerful stuff.

Overall Impression — 9
In terms of greatness, this ranks up there with Lamb Of God's As the Palaces Burn album. If you don't listen to Lamb of God, that means it's very good. This album has a very epic feel to it. There are just so many good songs and groovy/crazy breakdowns on this album for it not to be considered great. The solos don't hurt either and I'm glad they have finally decided to solo for more than 15 seconds like on previous records. Impressive songs are "Again We Will Rise", for the anthem-like chorus. Also "Descending", because of Randy's high pitched shrieks during the chorus. "Requiem" is another one, for the interlude with random samples, that suddenly turns into a breakneck solo. My personal favorite on this album has to be "More Time to Kill", as the breakdown after the first chorus will keep you going back to it. Overall, there is only one weak song on the CD, and that has to be "Foot To The Throat". I dunno, maybe I was expecting a song with that name to be evil and pummeling, but it just doesn't do much for me. This CD won't get lost or stolen because I will guard it with my life, so I won't have to make the choice of re-buying it or getting something else.

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    darkseason
    Solid performance, very hard rocking album. Glad to hear they have not changed for the worse. Looking forward to seeing them live again.
    DanRev
    RedNovember wrote: The best newer metal coming out these days is by Lamb of God.
    Oh hell no! Whats up with LoG being called Death/black? They're metalcore, jeez, I could understand if they were mislabeled as thrash, but black 'n' death? SHEEET. I'll check a few tracks of this out though, I've despised most of what LoG has put out before though.
    kurosawa
    lamb of god are as interesting as you want them to be, great guitar skill with many layers and good vocals, definatly a lot better most
    LoW
    Mark said that to him their music TRASH METAL.. n' so i think too!
    smashin_pumpkin
    hmm lamb of god are supporting slayer this november wen i see them and i havent rly heard any of their stuff but by the looks of this they sound pretty good perhaps i shall buy this album
    hailthrashmetal
    LOG is amazing (not SLAYER amazing, but still good) and this album is the best album of the year along with christ illusion. The best songs on the album are either "more time to kill" or "beating on deaths door". the only thing I dont like about is how there riffs are no longer fun, there just hard (if your a complete utter LOG noob then buy ashes of the wake and learn all the songs...NOW!
    AvngdSvnfold
    black/death metal? i thought that this was the band fighting alongside Trivium and A7X just to be considered metal at all....
    EODguitarist166
    disapointed in the new album, and after watching the dvd i lost all respect for the singer because he has nothing to do with the writing prosess of there music which is lame as hell.
    Shooshooky
    its freaking awesome, i just finished watching the dvd, it's awesome too! and maaaad credit to randy for running around the block TWICE and coming in to finish a song
    threebillion6
    iammetal wrote: lamb of god bring a differnet style into the metal world.....ppl who dont play guitar or drums dont respect the material as well as ppl who do
    Oh totally man, i play drums and Chris is freakin INSANE! I wish i could be that good. This guy totally put it right though. If you knew how much work, blood and sweat, because LOG doesnt cry, went into this album, you'd S**T your pants. Haha. But seriously, people with a musical history in their life appreciate what musicians do, and not just the singers.
    lamb-of-god-666
    Sacrament is the best CD ever made. Ever song kicks so much ass and I am not even close to disapointed with even one single riff. Lamb of F**king God Rocks.
    hammet_malakian
    i think the older LOG c.d's are the best but children of bodom is better than LOG even tho LOG is pretty good
    bass_emagdnim
    randyrhoads#1 wrote: Who cares what type of metal it is!!! Its f***in LAMB OF GOD. They would rule whatever they play!!!
    Took the words right out of my mouth (: to this day I can't think of a genre to put Lamb of God into, that's why they're so kickass. Nobody else on the metal scene comes close to doing what they do, and doing it sooo damn good i might add! And yes Chris completely OWNS on drums, as Willie And Mark do on guitar. I think it's great Randy quit drinking too, as we saw on Killadelphia it only leads to trouble (: And there is NO other album like Sacrament, either by Lamb of God or any other band. They tried something different & they pulled it off, just like I always knew they would. Shame on any of you that doubted them!
    Jcocarooski
    got the cd, and love it. not as good as ashes of the wake, but still one great CD. BUY IT
    fwibble
    DaBlackE wrote: NFFC_1865 wrote: IN my opinion Lamb Pf God is a boring, generic band.IN my opinion you're a stupid, douchebag
    wll everyone's entitled to thei opinion dude, not everyone can enjoy Lamb Of God - I for one can though
    [faint]
    if it wasnt extremly weird a just plain wrong i would make love to this cd
    FaceTheFall
    Lamb of God are ****in brilliant! the drums are unbelievable and the riffs r great too!
    deadnihils
    I din`t really have any interest in L.O.G. until Ashes of the Wake. Personally I think Sacrament is damn near perfect, but it`s understandable as to why some of their older fans might not be as in to it. I want the Mark Morton signature Jackson, dammit.
    DaBlackE
    This is a great CD and if you can get the version with the DVD get it!
    HmTownHero1007
    lamb of god is fukikn sweet.. ive seen them twice before and i got to witness the wall of death first hand.
    KsE60
    L.O.G. are awesome. They are thrash metal at heart, but death metal in sound. The UG Team was right about the lyrics, the single "Redneck" reminded me alot of Pantera.
    metalreaper450
    Lamb of God owns my soul! Ashes of the Wake was better but that's because it was Ashes of the Wake. Sacrament Kicks Ass, and anyone who says they changed their sound is an idiot. by the way Lamb of God isn't metalcore!!!! Just because some dumbass on wikipedia says they are doesn't make it so. They are pure american metal, and maybe a little bit thrash and death.
    KurbStomper
    lamb of god is by far the best new metal band out there. its not just some emo faggots trying to play metal. this cd sounds like the record labels pushed the band into changing their sound and it didnt work. ashes of the wake was a much better album. walk with me in hell is probably one of the worst songs on the cd. redneck, foot to the throat, and forgotten are the ones to listnin to. with that sad its still a good album. and one more thing. who the **** cares if its death black metalcore thrash or watever. its bad ass and u dont need to label it with some stupid genre.
    AngryGuitarist
    This is better than ashes of the wake..ashes of the wake is the same thing over and over..it's really annoying...but ya i do like this one
    ESPguy981
    lamb of god is amazing, randy blythe is an awesome vocalist/screamer too. probably one of my favorite bands of all time. oh and theyre cd, it ****ing rocks lol
    RedNovember
    The best newer metal coming out these days is by Lamb of God. I've always been a huge fan of them, even though the first one wasn't produced all that wonderfully, and they just kept it goin' with this one. Can't wait to see them in Tucson! Sept. 11th! YAY!
    Savage Animal
    even if you dont like lamb of god, you gotta love mark morton and willie adler. those are 2 badass dudes
    iammetal
    lamb of god bring a differnet style into the metal world.....ppl who dont play guitar or drums dont respect the material as well as ppl who do
    IlikeMetal
    dunno if ne1 said this yet but, i think it sounds an awful lot like new american gospel. which isnst an absolutly great thing in my oppinion. sry about sp.
    Tohdman
    I guess some people havent been listening to music for long. Whenever a band has a new cd people think they have changed their sound and whatever. Its not true, just because its not the old songs you listened to 100 times doesint mean they changed their sound. Get over it, its better than any other album they've had. Lamb of God kicks ass.
    xxieatbabiesxxx
    im looking forward to picking up this album. but as far as politics in music is concerned, i think it should be left out. politics are such bullshit as it is, we dont need people pushing their political ideals on us in the first place, especially through music. the only political song i wanna hear is one exposing both parties for being completely full of shit. thats the only complaint i have about lamb of god.
    DavepallekA
    RedNovember wrote: The best newer metal coming out these days is by Lamb of God.
    Agreed. There's a ton of shitty ass metalcore and thrash metal wanna-be's out there today. Lamb of God really stands out. Alot of talent, alot of creativity, alot of determination to write some kick ass tunes. Everyone in the band is insanly creative. Chris Alder OWNS at drums. One of the best technical drummers out there. Period. Lamb of God rules the metal world today and I can't wait to get this album.
    Gas Mask
    KsE60 wrote: L.O.G. are awesome. They are thrash metal at heart, but death metal in sound. The UG Team was right about the lyrics, the single "Redneck" reminded me alot of Pantera.
    I don't know about them being death metal, putting them in the same genre as Deicide just doesn't feel right.
    8FootSativa_666
    Why Duz No1 Say Nethng Bwt John Campbell!!?? So He Isnt The Most Amazing Bassist But Where Would Any1 Be Without Bass!!?? Lamb Of God Are Fucking Awsum!! Ps So Are 8 foot sativa if you like LOG chances are ull like 8 foot sativa
    RUN TO TH3 H1LL
    xxieatbabiesxxx wrote: im looking forward to picking up this album. but as far as politics in music is concerned, i think it should be left out. politics are such bullshit as it is, we dont need people pushing their political ideals on us in the first place, especially through music. the only political song i wanna hear is one exposing both parties for being completely full of shit. thats the only complaint i have about lamb of god.
    yeah politics blow... and since Randy Blythe said he doesnt give a **** whether we pay for this album or not....Ill look into getting it
    HIM%(^
    lamb of god is by far the best band in the scene today. they do things that are harder then most of their influences did.
    DaBlackE
    fwibble wrote: DaBlackE wrote: NFFC_1865 wrote: IN my opinion Lamb Pf God is a boring, generic band.IN my opinion you're a stupid, douchebag wll everyone's entitled to thei opinion dude, not everyone can enjoy Lamb Of God - I for one can though
    Thanks for quoting my post cuz these UG guys removed it!