Wrath

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2009
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. For the first time, Lamb Of God sounds as powerful composing songs as it does cranking out riffs--and the transformation is career-defining.
  2. Diehards may again be disappointed by the acoustic intro to Wrath's closing track, 'Reclamation,' and the subtle nods to melody throughout. But c'mon, Randy Blythe's demonic bark, Adler's chain-gun rhythms, and the ferocious chug-chug-chug-squeal guitar riffing are all vintage Lamb of God.
  3. Wrath furthers Lamb of God's reputation for craft and innovation and argues to a broader audience that metal is a style rife with fresh ideas.
  4. It’s still a lot like getting hammered in the skull for an hour, but Wrath allows enough range between the power-chug of ‘Grace’ and the forbidding rumblings of ‘Reclamation’ to lift them a long way out of the pits of hell.
  5. Wrath demonstrates Lamb of God's superior musicianship and creative songwriting, but above all else, the band's desire to innovate without abandoning the formula that serves them well.
  6. Alternative Press
    80
    LOG maintain all thise essential elements and more, yet still venture into uncharted territory. [Apr 2009, p.136]
  7. Q Magazine
    80
    This confident follow-up is rawer, looser and altogether more agressive. [Apr 2009, p.97]
  8. Cuts like 'In Your Words' and 'Grace' cover an impressive amount of sonic ground, from delicate acoustic atmospherics to full-on rhythmic pummeling. Yet with frontman Randy Blythe's guttural growl--not to mention his bile-soaked lyrics about religious hypocrisy--this is hardly a bid for an active-rock breakthrough.
  9. On its new album, Wrath, the Virginia band roots its best songs in a Motorhead swagger that makes the growly moments stickier and gives the stadium-sized choruses a hint of righteous evil.
  10. 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. 60
    They’re closer to turning monstrous dexterity into gut-wrenching metal, but for now, the oblatory goats and virgins are safe.
  12. That said, there’s nothing wrong with a formulaic sound expertly executed, especially in metal, and in spite of a dearth of truly ambitious moments, Lamb of God sounds as consistent as ever on their fifth album Wrath.
  13. 60
    But primally satisfying as it is, the band's meat-and- taters thrash leaves one hungry for some Mastodon- style lateral thinking.
  14. Wrath opens and closes with spans of placid subtlety--a welcome touch that doesn't make up for all the raging roteness in between.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 16, 2017
    9
    Wrath is pure angry metal. Relentless in it's aggression, the album never lets up in intensity. Randy Blythe's vocals only add to rage thatWrath is pure angry metal. Relentless in it's aggression, the album never lets up in intensity. Randy Blythe's vocals only add to rage that pours from each track's lyrics. It's full on assault on things like religious hypocrisy and politics.

    Lamb of God wants us to hear it's wrath just as much as it wants those who their lyrics are criticizing to feel it. The result is a brutally heavy album. One bolstered by the band's musical finesse. The manage to channel all of their hate into some immaculately crafted songs. The album's eleven tracks go by just fast enough to keep the album from overstaying it's welcome.
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  2. Jun 3, 2016
    8
    Lamb of God muestra un lado agresivo en varias canciones y set to fail se convierte en lo mas destacado de este album, aun asi melodicamenteLamb of God muestra un lado agresivo en varias canciones y set to fail se convierte en lo mas destacado de este album, aun asi melodicamente me dejo mas impresionado Sacrament, tuvo una atmosfera mas oscura el gran As the palaces burn y un estilo mas contundente New american Gospel, aun asi estos grandes nunca quedan atras, son los mejores en el Groove, en mi opinion. Full Review »
  3. Mar 4, 2012
    9
    A very good record yet again from Lamb of God. Like always, it is rather intense, heavy and aggresive while being awesomely catchy at the sameA very good record yet again from Lamb of God. Like always, it is rather intense, heavy and aggresive while being awesomely catchy at the same time. Some of the tracks are within Lamb of God's best songs. It is really very good. Definitely buy it if you're a Lamb of God fan, but if you aren't this won't do anything to change your mind. Full Review »