Another Monday, another week full of sarcasm and apathy. And what a way to lead into the Top 10 for this! A band I am, for the most part, completely apathetic to these days: Lamb of God.
To be fair, when these guys are good, they are awesome. Especially in the early 2000s. The problem was, at least for me, for each subsequent release to Sacrament, I was able to pull maybe five or six songs from each album that I enjoyed, and no more. Almost like the albums have too many filler tracks. That said, my list will have it’s share of everything, but there is a heavy dose of classic LoG. Take a look…
“Black Label” (from New American Gospel, 2000)
No way this doesn’t make the list. Back in Randy’s more aggressive vocal style, this has been a live fixture every time I’ve seen them. It’s intense, it’s dark, it’s flat evil. And, being 14 years old now, it’s as much of a throwback as you’re gonna get.
“For Your Malice” (from As The Palaces Burn, 2003)
One of the things I like about this band is the pure hatred and frustration these guys put into their music. Especially lyrically. This is a perfect example of that. As Randy says, “Turn on my heels and spit apathy on this bridge you have burned.”
“Terminally Unique” (from Resolution, 2012)
Skipping ahead to the most recent release, which is a perfect example of an album with some awesome tracks and some filler. This is the former. I just love the main riff throughout the song and the chorus is both powerful and catchy, No complaints.
“Reclamation” (from Wrath, 2009)
How incredible is this intro? Seriously? And then, just like that, it kicks your fucking ass. Plus, being me, I love the message in this song – basically calling mankind a failure and how we will always lose out to the elements. Words from my own heart.
“Blacken the Cursed Sun” (from Sacrament, 2006)
This, believe it or not, is actually my favorite Lamb of God album. It has a darkness to it start to finish that I just can’t get enough of. This is evidenced quite well on this track. Really, I just love how much this song does. The guitar work start to finish is incredible and that “Hell no!” section? The best.
“Hourglass” (from Ashes of the Wake, 2004)
This is probably most people’s favorite Lamb of God album. And with good reason. However, you’re more likely to find “Laid to Rest” on a top 10 list I’m willing to bet. But, sorry, this song is better. It’s more interesting, it’s more layered. Really, they do more things.
“A Devil in God’s Country” (from As The Palaces Burn, 2003)
Somehow, this isn’t number 1. This is the song that got me into this band. The way it opens was just so unique to me when I first heard it. And the chorus was actually somewhat catchy, something I wasn’t really used to in this band. Oh, also the best breakdown this band has ever written.
“King Me” (from Resolution, 2012)
This is closing song, and the highlight, of Resolution. Let’s start with the spoken intro with those insanely creepy female vocals. Holy shit. What a step this was for this band right. It builds to a point and then the actual verse is just ferocious. And it’s kinda my anthem when I’m feeling particularly egotistical.
“Descending” (from Sacrament, 2006)
Are you kidding me with this song? So dark. So evil. This is why I enjoyed this album so much. This is how the album felt in a nutshell. Start to finish. And this was my highlight. This was the absolute darkest moment of the album in both sound and feel. Just awesome.
“Break You” (from Ashes of the Wake, 2004)
Honestly, a lot of these songs are interchangeable in ranking. Like I said, when these guys are on their game, they’ve produced some of my absolute favorite songs. Here’s another one. The creepy little lick in the chorus (or pre-chorus?) is incredible. This is just another song where the can be a bit all over the map. And it works. Well.
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There you have it. Enjoy.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.