Personnel: Randy Blythe (vocals); Morton Mark, Willie Adler (guitar); John Campbell (bass guitar); Chris Adler (drums).
Audio Mixer: Machine.
Recording information: Sound Of Music, Richmond, VA; Spin Recording Studios, Long Island City, NY; The Machine Shop, Hoboken, NJ.
By describing themselves as "pure American metal," Virginia's Lamb of God state their allegiances and purpose in one fell swoop. Together since the early '90s, they have been one of heavy metal's most consistent and challenging bands, and their uncompromising approach has garnered them significant respect and album sales. Sacrament, from 2006, was Grammy-nominated and the best-selling metal album of that year. Drawing from the same pool of merciless thrash energy and hardcore punk fury as Pantera, they approach their albums with an uncommon amount of craft and attention to detail that elevates brutal aggression to a new level.
Rolling Stone (p.133) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[F]ull of open-string chugging, relentlessly forceful drumming and Randy Blythe's bear-in-a-trap roar."
Spin (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Mark Morton and Willie Adler's dual guitars lock up furiously....Adler's brother Chris is a wonder, tapping out blast after staggeringly fast double kick-drum blast."
Entertainment Weekly (p.81) - "[With] frenetic and intricate tracks....[and] D. Randall Blythe's enraged, rottweiler-like vocals." -- Grade: B
CMJ (p.26) - "This quintet erects an impenetrable wall of metal with the Dimebag Darrell-influenced riffs of Mark Morton and Willie Adler..."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.68) - Ranked #9 in Kerrang's "20 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "Classic metal, in every sense."