Lamb of God blasted onto the scene 22 years ago with New American Gospel which was followed up by the 2003 release As The Palaces Burn. 2004 saw the release of Ashes Of The Wake and the 2006 release Sacrament saw the band make a Top 10 Billboard 200 chart debut. 2009 was the time for Wrath which took number 1 on Billboards Hard Rock, Rock and Tastemaker Chart along with numerous other international accolades which were replicated in 2012 with Resolution before VII: Sturm und Drand reached the top 5 in five countries in 2015.
After a significant line-up change, the Grammy-nominated self-titled album was released in 2020 and now the band are back with their ninth studio album and to my ears, one of their most angry releases. That may sound like a strange comment as this band isn’t exactly known for their laid-back offering, but Omens has an extra layer of purely pissed of that seems to smash through the speakers.
The 10-track album opens with the already released ‘Nevermore’ so there is no point dwelling on how good that song is, and then we get to ‘Vanishing’. The riff is low and filthy before the up-tempo assault begins with those unmistakable vocals by D. Randall Blythe.
If you haven’t picked up on the general increased anger by now, then by the time ‘Ditch’ lands, you will have. The riffs slam into your temples again and when you have managed to regain your footing, you will be smashing anything in arms reach as you try and keep up with this pace.
From start to finish, Omens is a non-stop audible assault of the highest order. For a band that has been through so much, there is no surprise that there are some emotions that are running high, but shit me, the levels of heaviness that run through this album are truly something else.
Any fan of Lamb of God will be lapping this up and those people who thought it was cool to criticise the band following the line-up change by saying that they’ll never release good music again, please enjoy that fuck off slice of humble pie.
Omens is up there with the best that this band have released, in fact this has the potential to be the best Metal album of 2022 and following a truly blistering headline slot at Bloodstock Open Air this year, the upcoming UK tour is going to destroy.
Omens will be released Friday 7th October 2022 via Nuclear Blast Records
- To The Grave
- Ill Designs
- Denial Mechanism
- September Song