2020 Best of Metal: #18 Lamb of God-Lamb of God

Release Date: June 19, 2020

Origin: Richmond-Motherfucking-Virginia

Personnel: D. Randall Blythe-Vox, Mark Morton-guitar, Willie Adler-guitar, John Campbell-bass, Art Cruz-drums

So, this one makes the best-of list even though it commits the mortal sin of being a self-titled album that isn’t the band’s debut. I don’t know why that always bugs me so much, but it just does. Anyway, I love these guys so much that they get a pass on that breach of etiquette. First album minus Chris Adler. Big shoes to fill for Art Cruz and he pulls off the feat quite nicely. This album feels more like a standard straight-ahead Lamb of God release. Mark Morton and Willie Adler just kind of pound you into submission with the massive riffs on here. The band goes for a more angry political stance lyrically and hit on quite a few hot-button issues. Biggest weak point is that there isn’t a whole lot of diversity amongst the song types. It’s just a massive musical pummeling.

4 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:
18. Lamb of God-Lamb of God
19. Demons and Wizards-III
20. Killer Be Killed-Reluctant Hero

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