Sound — 8
Lamb Of God are known for their slogan "Pure American Metal." Let's go into that a bit- Rock & Roll was created in America, and was an exciting, fast paced, catchy genre of music. This is what Lamb Of God have delivered in every album prior to "Wrath," and the latter is no exception to this trend. One thing listeners are immediately surprised with is an acoustic intro to "The Passing," the first track on the album- an instrumental. Another is the inclusion of singing. Lamb Of God have been quite content to have ball-crushing screaming on previous albums, which is still prevalent on "Wrath," but also with the occasional vocal phrase being sung. "Wrath" isn't as polished as "Ashes Of The Wake" or "Sacrament," production-wise, and it seems to be quite garage-y. Take this as a good thing or a bad thing.
Lyrics — 10
Lamb Of God are known for quality lyrics. Flip through the lyric book in the CD as you listen to the album, and the only thing going through your head will be "Hell yeah!" Sometimes the lyrics get a bit heavy and emotional, and the tone of music doesn't do the lyrics justice, but that's metal, I guess. Randy Blythe never disappoints vocally. He's not just an album vocalist, he delivers a quality performance live as well as in the studio. Randy Blythe is to this decade as vocalists like James Hetfield was to the 80s and 90s.
Overall Impression — 9
In my opinion, this is Lamb Of God's best album. I rank their albums in this order: - Wrath - Ashes Of The Wake - Sacrament - New American Gospel. The most impressive songs on the album are "Set To Fail," "Grace," "Broken Hands," "Dead Seeds," "Reclamation," and one of the bonus tracks on the Special Edition called "Shoulder Of Your God." What I love about this album is that I don't see myself getting tired of it like I can with other bands' albums. What I don't like about the album is that it sounds like they were trying too hard to make the production of the album sound raw, but it sounds like a demo. If it were stolen or lost, I'd burn a copy of it from my laptop because I would have ripped it onto my iTunes and I don't have another CD player.