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STILL metal. Haven't lost it at all!
on July 24, 2012
Trends in heavy metal are pulling bands in many different directions, not all of them good. "Resolution" is surprisingly good, and stands tall among 2012 heavy metal new releases.
The opening track "Straight For The Sun" is a new take on the typical intro track. Instead of acoustic, it goes uncharacteristically slow and sludgy before Chris Adler's drum solo propels the band into the next track, "Desolation." This song starts off as pure adrenaline and finishes the same. It is one of the strongest tracks on the album. "Ghost Walking" is their first single from "Resolution," thanks to it's blistering chorus. "Guilty" shifts the album into more lyrically-driven songwriting, letting Randy speak about his unfiltered view of reality. His lyrics also stand in the forefront of "The Undertow." "The Number Six" is surprisingly catchy, and propelled by a monster chorus section which makes it one of the better songs. It should also be noted that on this track L.o.G. makes stunning use of dynamics during the breakdown before the last chorus. "Barbarosa" is where you find the first acoustic instrumental, and it acts as an effective interlude to the second half of the album. "Invictus" hands the album back to Randy, who has his say on this song and "Cheated." "Insurrection," "Terminally Unique," "To The End," and "Visitation" are all musically-driven tracks with some familiar lyrical themes. "To The End" stands out the most of these four tracks with it's blues-inspired metal guitar riffs and personal lyric images. The album ends with "King Me," a track that shows how bands who don't compromise can take you in a whole new direction without ruining an album. Filled with tempo and dynamic changes, as well as different sonic textures, it is a very powerful doom ballad. For all of "King Me"'s transistions, it never sounds excessive. It all fits into the song in distinct and inspired fashion.
I give "Resolution" 4 stars only because L.o.G. has other 5-star albums that can't be touched. Definitely worth buying, and is one of 2012's best.