• Record Label: Epic
  • Release Date: Jan 24, 2012
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jan 24, 2012
    83
    Resolution is sharp, focused, restless, and pitilessly ferocious.
  2. Feb 24, 2012
    80
    The record is their most musically ambitious to date, while still maintaining the unrelenting, thrash-influenced Southern heavy metal they do best.
  3. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    Resolution is a furious and unrelenting broadside of searing riffs and invention. [Feb 2012, p.107]
  4. Feb 6, 2012
    80
    They may not have subtlety in their arsenal but then again, with riffs this menacing, who needs it? [21 Jan 2012, p.52]
  5. Jan 26, 2012
    80
    Resolution deserves plenty of attention, and will earn Lamb of God even more much-deserved praise for their consistency and unfettered excellence.
  6. Jan 23, 2012
    80
    Frontman Randy Blythe still growls his guts out while his bandmates hammer away at economy-sized grooves that suggest an extreme-sports version of Southern rock.
  7. Jan 20, 2012
    80
    It is a solid, exciting and ambitious album that proves is still a lot of mileage left in the band.
  8. Jan 20, 2012
    80
    Resolution stands tall as a heavy metal record that flawlessly combine technical proficiency with sheer songwriting talent.
  9. Mar 21, 2012
    75
    It may be just another platter of product from this Richmond, Virginia, crew, fit for mosh pit incitements, but it's also a harrowing and hypnotic package of wound-up, meticulously arranged aggro-bombs by a veteran team of low-end hatemongers.
  10. Jan 30, 2012
    70
    It's not exploring new musical frontiers, but Resolution is an eminently listenable heavy metal album.
  11. Jan 23, 2012
    70
    On their seventh outing, Resolution, Lamb of God prove once again that the right ratio of barnstorming riffs and relentless intensity is all you need to make a solid album.
  12. 70
    There are no concepts, no gimmicks, no frills: just straightforward metal, period.
  13. Jan 23, 2012
    70
    It consolidates what's gone before comprehensively, and occasionally points towards where the band might be headed.
  14. Aug 9, 2012
    67
    The Richmond quintet's usual uniformity of sound, production, and performance strikes many like a concrete dam, and Resolution takes 10-15 minutes too long to resolve, but there's no arguing with a rabid dog called "Cheated."
  15. Jan 26, 2012
    60
    While the five-piece continue to write virtually the same song over and over again (hell, practically in the same key), there are new proggier and acoustic bits (Ghost Walking) on display.
  16. Jan 20, 2012
    60
    While there's plenty here to keep heads banging, there's not much to challenge the grey matter inside them.
  17. Feb 27, 2012
    50
    Mostly, Lamb of God stick to conservative values that metalheads can respect and everyone else can continue to ignore.
  18. Jan 24, 2012
    39
    Lamb of God's general lack of adventurousness makes them mostly indistinguishable from their heroes and, budget excepted, the bulk of their contemporaries.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 30, 2012
    7
    If you are a fan of metal bands that stick to the same sound, this may be an interesting album for you. This album is nothing more or lessIf you are a fan of metal bands that stick to the same sound, this may be an interesting album for you. This album is nothing more or less than what they were throughout their career. Full Review »
  2. Jan 29, 2012
    10
    Lamb of God are one of the very few metal bands that are unable to disappoint. Each of their albums remains heavy and creative, yet they allLamb of God are one of the very few metal bands that are unable to disappoint. Each of their albums remains heavy and creative, yet they all simultaneously carry the kind of weight many metal bands only strive to reach. With Resolution, Lamb of God have proven that they don't plan on slowing down any time soon. This is miles ahead of Wrath, and their best album since Ashes of the Wake. All band members continue to show creativity in highlight songs such as album opener Straight For the Sun, Ghost Walking, The Undertow, The Number Six, and their best album closer yet, King Me. To say that these are highlights of the album, however, also would imply that they're "better" songs. That's the beauty of this album as well...there is no filler. Each song serves its purpose and illustrates why Lamb of God are one of the best modern metal bands of the era, and thankfully, they're here to stay. Thank God for Lamb of God. Full Review »
  3. Nov 6, 2012
    10
    Pitchfork Media, what do you mean lack of being adventuress? What do you mean they sound like their contemporaries? Have you even listened toPitchfork Media, what do you mean lack of being adventuress? What do you mean they sound like their contemporaries? Have you even listened to the whole album? Look at songs like King Me and To The End! Songs with more variation and technicality than any of the albums they've acclaimed. And look at songs like The Number Six and The Undertow! They sound nothing like The Devil Wears Prada or any of these awful metalcore/deathcore bands that do nothing but have breakdowns every microsecond. Clearly you need to stop listening to something with more variation, technicality, and intelligence. Full Review »