20. Lamb Of God – Sacrament (2006)
It was immediately evident that when Lamb Of God released Sacrament in 2006, a band had finally delivered an album to rival Pantera’s successes from the previous decade.
All conquering, utterly merciless and packed to the rafters with dirty riffs and hooks sharper than Captain Hook’s…..hook, Lamb Of God in 2006 were the answer to any self-respecting metal-heads prayers and Sacrament was their new gospel and verse.
Launching straight into “Walk With Me In Hell”, their statement of bulldozing intent is writ large in Randy Blythe’s banshee screams and Mark Morton and Willy Adler’s searing hook-filled riffs and solos. Atmospherics play a huge part on Sacrament, a notable progression from previous releases, and “Again We Rise” and “Descending” harness the apocalyptic, drip-feed atmosphere conjured in “Walk With Me In Hell”.
In contrast, Sacrament‘s pièce de résistance is a classic Heavy Metal stomper and the one track on the album that proved Lamb Of God had truly hit their stride. “Redneck” is their ‘hit’ single and Pantera comparisons again seem appropriate; “Redneck” is Lamb Of God’s “Walk” and it dazzles with its ability to meld Extreme Metal with mainstream sensibilities, just as Pantera did over 20 years ago.
As Randy so succinctly growls on “Walk With Me In Hell”, “we seek only reprieve”, and in a world so controlled by the notion of repetitively recycling ‘safe’ ideas, Sacrament provides the necessary release and pure escapism for a generation looking to postpone their stay of execution.