Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Death Angel - Killing Season CD Review

DEATH ANGEL - Killing Season CD
Nuclear Blast Records

Last year there was alot of talk about it being the year of the "Thrash Resurgence" with all these newcomers showing how well they were weened on their parent's old EXODUS and KREATOR Lps. So now 2008 will go down as the year when one of the most influencel Thrash bands to ever come out of the Bay Area scene in the 80s returned to show all the kiddies how it's done. Sure the band's "The Art of Dying" 2004 release might of told people that DEATH ANGEL was still alive and kicking. But on "Killing Season" the band is here to show all of you that they are still the masters of ass kicking Thrash.

"Killing Season" is simply a genre defining release. It's pure straight forward Thrash for people who like the original Thrash sound and style. All eleven cuts on here deliver that type of power which drives fans to raise their fists and scream. We're talking about music to hurt people over and commit violent acts of aggression just for the fun of it. This is 80s Thrash diving head first into the death pit of 2008. From the opening cut "Lord of Hate", after the quick acoustic guitar intro of course, you easily realise this is one release that you just can't stop moving to while it's blasting forth from your speakers. No kicking back in the easy chair while songs like "Sonic Beatdown" or "Buried Alive" are demanding your full attention. "God vs God" and "The Noose" are anthems of destruction which will have you bouncing off the walls in anticipation of seeing DEATH ANGEL at a club near you. Yeah I can see this CD sitting high on my end of the year "best of" list as well as the show they just put on during their 2008 tour stop in my city.

One more thing I'd like to point out about "Killing Season", if you're expecting anything more than vintage 80s style Thrash then forget it. That's what I like the most about this release. DEATH ANGEL didn't succumb to experimenting with perfection. The sound here is crisp with the guitars delivering onslaught style riffs and the rhythm section is held in check. Plus the vocals are delivered in that intense dramatic style. Any fool who would call this a nice little exercise in nostalgia will have their head blown clean off. Then again look on the bright side, you'll finally get some blood on your nice clean TRIVIUM t-shirt pussy.

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