Instead, focus on such a claim went to another band that I totally loved and really struggled to find any bad words written about, Virginia's Lamb of God. Having totally fallen in love with Sacrament and Wrath I came to the conclusion that this was finally the band that no metal fan could disregard. And then UltimateGuitar.com comment boards happened. The guys who write on these are probably the harshest people I've ever read the words of and suddenly Lamb of God were just being dismissed as a cheap Pantera rip-off. Though I've noted similarities in terms of riffing and such I'd never call them rip-offs. Lamb of God are blazing with their own sense of unique talent and intensity. This is proven effectively on their new song Ghost Walking.
Taken from their upcoming seventh album Resolution, Ghost Walking gives a clear impression of the defining aggressive take on traditional heavy metal that LoG have become known for with a higher key that creates a sense of freshness to the song and perhaps the album as a whole. This may annoy many but the song is very much reminiscent of the group's massive single Redneck but with the rawness of Ashes of the Wake or Wrath. While Randy Blythe's vocals sound much deeper throughout the song, this really builds on the sheer brutality the band are offering plus Mark Morton has much more of a spotlight on this song with a guitar solo that is simply mind-numbing.
So Ghost Walking proves that Lamb of God are very much their own band and shows their music isn't getting weaker in any way and is still very cool to listen to. It gets me very excited for Resolution which is being released next month. And it's also my birthday next month. So just think of how those two things could come together in some way...
Lamb of God's Resolution will be released on 24th January via Roadrunner.