Lamb of God, ‘Wrath’ (Epic)
The latest outburst of controlled aggression from these veteran Virginia metallurgists proves that consistency is a blessing and a curse. As always, the palm-muted jackhammer riffs and Randy Blythe’s elastic denunciations of liars, hypocrites, and lying hypocrites are frightfully precise. Even the album’s construction is unwavering — every fifth track opens with delicate guitar filigrees. But primally satisfying as it is, the band’s meat-and- taters thrash leaves one hungry for some Mastodon- style lateral thinking. Or not: The conflation of 9/11 and ecological ruin on “Reclamation” ends the slaughter in spectacularly blockheaded style.