Fan Poll: Top 5 Lamb of God Deep Cuts | Revolver

Fan Poll: Top 5 Lamb of God Deep Cuts

'Cause there's a whole lot more to LOG than just "Redneck" and "Black Label"
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Lamb of God have amassed a discography of unbeatable consistency among their 21st century metal peers. Sure, there are highs and lows throughout their 20-plus year career, but they've never once released a song that any true fan could honestly describe as "bad." With so much top-notch material to wade through, it's easy for anyone to overlook gems that are sprinkled deep in the track lists of even their most beloved records.

With that in mind, we asked our faithful readers to pick what they feel are Lamb of God's greatest deep cuts, and while songs from all throughout their career were mentioned, the top five vote-getters are ranked accordingly below. See what made the cut.

5. "Blacken the Cursed Son"

There's a lot of stiff competition on a tracklist like Sacrament's, with some of Lamb of God's most well-known songs — "Walk With Me and Hell" and "Redneck" — starting off the record with a bang. "Blacken the Cursed Son" is the 2006 album's five-and-a-half-minute centerpiece, and it deserves way more shine for its twirling lead riff and quintessentially LOG groove, which gets shaken and bent in its latter half as the band cycles between battering breakdowns with proto-djent rhythms. Plus, a killer "hell no!" refrain.

4. "What I've Become"

Lamb of God's third LP, Ashes of the Wake, saw them ease up on the savage grindcore elements of their first two records and introduce slightly more melodic instrumentation — while still keeping shit heavy as fuck. Therefore, the majority of the record rests in a slightly more mid-tempo pocket, which makes "What I've Become" a ferocious outlier. This is basically LoG in thrash mode, galloping forward with a punkish impatience, but still peppering in plenty of headbang-inducing swing sections. It's a serious ripper.

3. "Terminally Unique"

At nearly an hour long, Resolution can be a tough album to down in one sitting, so it's understandable that a back-half cut like "Terminally Unique" can get lost in the shuffle. While Randy Blythe's clean vocals don't work on every song on this record, the way this track's exceptionally melodic guitar lead harmonizes with his scratchy snarl lend the cut a subtle catchiness without sacrificing intensity. From that perspective, it's wild that this isn't considered an obvious standout.

2. "Broken Hands"

We placed Wrath at the lowest rung in our worst-to-best ranking of Lamb of God's catalog, but that doesn't mean that there aren't total heaters on their 2009 effort. "Broken Hands" is a fucking banger of a song, coming in hot with a turbo-charged blast of syncopated chugging over drums that knock the wind out of a great sound system. LOG aren't doing anything wacky or experimental here, just playing their sweet-spot sound especially tight while Blythe switches between shrieky wails and guttural growls.

1. "For Your Malice"

As the Palaces Burn is a pretty unfuckwithable record. Coming in at a tight 38 minutes, the band's second LP refined the edges that splintered everywhere on their foaming-at-the-mouth debut, allowing the riffs to stand taller, the drums to hit harder, and Blythe's commanding voice to rise above. It's an all-killer-no-filler affair, but "For Your Malice" is definitely an undersung high point, particularly for its final stretch that features incessant double-bass blasts buttressing a titanic groove over which Blythe holds a monstrous scream for a solid 10 seconds. The best Lamb of God deep cut? Sounds about right.