Wrath (Lamb of God album)

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Wrath
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 23, 2009
Recorded2008
Genre Groove metal, thrash metal, [1] metalcore [2]
Length44:43
Label Epic, Roadrunner
Producer Josh Wilbur
Lamb of God chronology
Sacrament
(2006)
Wrath
(2009)
Resolution
(2012)
Singles from Wrath
  1. "Contractor"
    Released: December 19, 2008[ citation needed ]
  2. "Set to Fail"
    Released: January 14, 2009[ citation needed ]

Wrath is the sixth studio album by American groove metal band Lamb of God. It was internationally released on February 23, 2009 via Roadrunner Records in Europe, Japan and Australia, and on February 24, 2009 via Epic Records in the U.S and Canada. It achieved number 2 on Billboard 200, with sales of 68,000 in the U.S. during its first week of release. [3] [4] As of 2010, it has sold over 202,000 copies in the United States. [5]

Groove metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music. Music journalists and fans have used groove metal to describe Pantera, Exhorder and Machine Head. At its core, groove metal takes the intensity and sonic qualities of thrash metal and plays them at mid-tempo, with most bands making only occasional forays into fast tempo.

Lamb of God (band) metal band from United States

Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of bassist John Campbell, drummer Chris Adler, vocalist Randy Blythe, and guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler. The band is considered a significant member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.

Roadrunner Records is an American record label that concentrates primarily on heavy metal and hard rock bands. It is a division of Warner Music Group and is based in New York City.

Contents

Background and production

In August, 2008, it was announced that the band had commenced work on the follow-up to Sacrament , and that it was expected to be released on February 24, 2009. Josh Wilbur was confirmed as the producer for the album. Wilbur takes the place of the band's previous producer, Machine, who worked with them on Ashes of the Wake and Sacrament .

<i>Sacrament</i> (album) 2006 studio album by Lamb of God

Sacrament is the fifth studio album by American groove metal band Lamb of God. Released on August 22, 2006, Sacrament debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 charts with first-week sales of 63,000. The album was the top-selling heavy metal album of 2006 and received the Album of the Year award from Revolver magazine. As of 2010, it has sold over 331,000 copies in the United States.

<i>Ashes of the Wake</i> 2004 studio album by Lamb of God

Ashes of the Wake is the fourth studio album and first major label release by American metal band Lamb of God, released in 2004 via Epic Records. The album debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200, selling 35,000 copies in its first week and was rated by Guitar World as the 49th greatest Guitar Album of all Time. This album also was rated by Metal Hammer as the 5th greatest Metal Album of The 21st Century. The album is aimed at the war in Iraq, with songs such as "Ashes of the Wake", "Now You've Got Something to Die For", "One Gun" and "The Faded Line". The quote at the beginning of "Omerta" is a paraphrase of the Sicilian Mafia's code of silence. As of August 2010, Ashes of the Wake has sold 398,000 copies in the United States. Ten years after its release, as of 2014, sales have topped 400,000 copies sold and is Lamb of God’s best-selling record. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in February 2016.

The recording process of Wrath was made available for online viewing through the band's website, with two webcams installed in the studio (specifically in the drum room and mixing room). [6]

A producer version of the album with 4 split tracks per song (vocals, guitars, bass, drums) is available on the Deluxe Producer Edition Bonus CD (2009) allowing people to analyse and remix the individual elements of the album.

Music and album direction

Speaking about the record, drummer Chris Adler stated:

"This album is going to surprise a lot of people. Typically bands that get to where we are in our career begin to slack off, smell the roses and regurgitate. We chose a different path. No one wants to hear another band member hyping a new record. Wrath needs no hype. We have topped ourselves and on February 24 (as 2009) you will feel it."

"We are excited to be changing things up this time and working with Josh. We've never stayed in one place too long, and the band's evolution continues. There is an aggressive shift in the material and our approach. The bar has been raised." [7]

Guitarist Mark Morton was also quoted in an interview stating:

"We usually try to do something fresh every time. This one, I think, is deliberately a little more raw and more aggressive than Sacrament was. Sacrament was a really, really dynamic record on every level, and the songs were all over the place - it was also heavily produced. This one's really raw and real-sounding, from every angle, and we're celebrating imperfections on this record. We're choosing what takes stay on the record based more on their character and personality than how completely mechanically precise they are. It's more about vibe and attitude in the takes than it is about, 'Wow, that was perfect.' It's the perfect ones that get thrown away, because they're just too sterile."

"The guitar tones are a little cleaner than normal. We're kind of getting into this mind-set that clean is heavy. Clarity is a lot heavier than oversaturated. It's just real raw and natural and organic-sounding, which, in itself, is kind of revolutionary these days, when kids are making pro audio-sounding recordings in their dorm rooms, on their laptops, and cutting and pasting verses and choruses. It's no longer cutting edge to make a completely space-aged, robotic-sounding record. I think it's almost fresh now to make one that sounds like an actual band played it. Don't get me wrong - it still sounds airtight and rehearsed, because it is all those things. But it's just real." [8]

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 74/100 [9]
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [10]
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [11]
The A.V. Club A [12]
Blabbermouth.net 8.5/10 [13]
Consequence of Sound Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [14]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [15]
Kerrang! Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [16]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [17]
NME 8/10 [18]
PopMatters 6/10 [19]
Rock Sound 9/10 [20]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [21]
Slant Magazine Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [22]

Initial critical response to Wrath was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 74, based on 14 reviews. [9]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

Standard score how many standard deviations apart from the mean an observed datum is

In statistics, the standard score is the signed fractional number of standard deviations by which the value of an observation or data point is above the mean value of what is being observed or measured. Observed values above the mean have positive standard scores, while values below the mean have negative standard scores.

The Los Angeles Times stated:

On its new album, Wrath, the Virginia band roots its best songs in a Motörhead swagger that makes the growly moments stickier and gives the stadium-sized choruses a hint of righteous evil. [17]

IGN gave it an 8 out of 10 and stated:

The highlight of Wrath, however, is the band's technical prowess, which is omnipresent. And Blythe leads the charge valiantly, with a passel of angry proclamations. While Lamb of God doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel this time out, this is an impressive album-meaning it should be taken as a whole, cohesive listening experience. That's the best way of soaking up all the nuances and subtleties that make Lamb of God a standout American-metal band. [23]

Spin gave it a six out of ten and stated:

The latest outburst of controlled aggression from these veteran Virginia metallurgists proves that consistency is a blessing and a curse. As always, the palm-muted jackhammer riffs and Randy Blythe's elastic denunciations of liars, hypocrites, and lying hypocrites are frightfully precise. [...] But primally satisfying as it is, the band's meat-and-taters thrash leaves one hungry for some Mastodon-style lateral thinking. Or not. [9] [24]

AllMusic has given it mixed comments, stating:

There's no denying the sheer "angry basement workout/summer garage weightlifting" potential that Wrath's perfectly acceptable 45-minute running time offers, but without a single hook that sticks around long enough to reel in the fish, all you've got is bait. [11]

Rolling Stone also gave a little negative review on it, saying:

On their sixth album, Wrath, the fearsome fivesome opt for a somewhat varied but hardly visionary attack mode, occasionally lurching into a groove or tune. The song titles betray a cynicism over military and religious affairs, but growl-to-screech front-monster Randy Blythe never makes his anger coherent [...] Wrath opens and closes with spans of placid subtlety - a welcome touch that doesn't make up for all the raging roteness in between. [21]

Blabbermouth.net has stated:

Despite Grammy nods, being hand-picked as direct support for Metallica, album sales out the ass and other invasions into the mainstream, Lamb of God haven't lightened up one damn bit. In fact, Wrath is nowhere near the over-produced product of a major label success story many of us were waiting for. Nope, Wrath is one raw, vicious and relentless mother fucker; the proverbial snarling beast that has finally broken from its cage and is out for blood...Thankfully, Lamb of God has yet to reach that point where they feel the need to re-invent the wheel, or even themselves for that matter. Since Ashes of the Wake, this has been a band who are very comfortable in their own shoes and will continue to wear them with pride as they kick the shit out of all of us. [13]

About.com gave positive reviews on the album by stating:

The album closer "Reclamation" also starts acoustically before taking the listener on a 7 minute trip through various tempos, intensities and vocal styles. Wrath may not have a signature single like "Redneck" from their last CD Sacrament, but overall it's just as powerful and potent. [10]

Awards

In 2010, Lamb of God was nominated for a Grammy, at the 52nd Grammy Awards, for "Set To Fail" in the Best Metal Performance category, but lost out to Judas Priest's "Dissident Aggressor". [25] In 2011, the band was nominated for a Grammy, at the 53rd Grammy Awards, for "In Your Words" in the Best Metal Performance category, but lost to Iron Maiden's "El Dorado". [26] The album won Best Album at the 2009 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards ceremony. [27]

Track listing

All tracks written by Lamb of God.

No.TitleLength
1."The Passing"1:58
2."In Your Words"5:25
3."Set to Fail"3:46
4."Contractor"3:22
5."Fake Messiah"4:34
6."Grace"3:55
7."Broken Hands"3:53
8."Dead Seeds"3:41
9."Everything to Nothing"3:50
10."Choke Sermon"3:21
11."Reclamation"7:07
Total length:44:43

Personnel

Lamb of God

Additional personnel

Charts

Chart (2009)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [28] 8
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [29] 53
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [30] 80
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [31] 1
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [32] 52
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) [33] 5
French Albums (SNEP) [34] 137
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [35] 61
Irish Albums (IRMA) [36] 32
Japanese Albums (Oricon) [37] 59
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [38] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [39] 20
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [40] 35
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [41] 56
UK Albums (OCC) [42] 25
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC) [43] 1
US Billboard 200 [44] 2
US Digital Albums (Billboard) [45] 2
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) [46] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [47] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard) [48] 1

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