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deathangel thedreamcallsforblood
Artist: Death Angel
Title: The Dream Calls for Blood
Genre: Thrash Metal
Release Date: 15th October 2013
Label: Nuclear Blast


Album Review

DEATH ANGEL is one of the bands of SF Bay area that stood at the beginning of Thrash Metal back in the ‘80’s, the trajectory of their career is not smooth but one beset with obstacles, not least their break-up or the not so successful sonic infection of forays into more funkish, rockish spun out of their side projects with ‘The Art of Dying’ and ‘Killing Season’ albums – some just don’t seem to have liked it. The wind has picked up in ‘Relentless Retribution’ (2010) and their new album ‘The Dream Calls for Blood’ rolls on the aggression with an even sharper edge, which is possibly explained by the members being haunted by age – in words of Rob Cavestany: “We’re not getting any younger. We need to make every song, every album, count even more than it ever did. So in my mind, I wanted this album to be just beyond anything, man. I wanted it to reflect a band further, deeper in their career, not the young men that they used to be, but making the most intense and killer music that they ever made.[sic]

The opening ‘Left for Dead’ certainly kicks off with this in mind. The songs seem to somehow recall urbanity in its alienated hellishness and pull out rage out of its belly; an ugly landscape with cataclysm brewing within the facade – ‘Succubus’ seems to evoke this the most. Other best moments include the album-titled song which unrolls and stops like a tidal wave with irresistible groove. Osegueda’s vocal is another component on itself that comes to stand out within the album. There are also some outstanding acoustic parts as in the beginning of ‘Execution/Don’t Save Me’ that makes you expect something epic – and the promise comes delivered. They may not be getting any younger but they’ve got better. Great album...


Tracklist

01. Left for Dead
02. Son of the Morning
03. Fallen
04. The Dream Calls for Blood
05. Succubus
06. Execution/Don’t Save Me
07. Caster of Shame
08. Detonate
09. Empty
10. Territorial Instinct/Bloodlust


Line-up

Mark Osegueda - Vocals
Rob Cavestany - Guitars
Will Carroll - Drums
Damien Sisson - Bass
Ted Aguilar - Guitars


Websites

www.twitter.com/deathangel / www.facebook.com/deathangel


Cover Picture

deathangel thedreamcallsforblood


Rating

Music: 8.5
Sound: 9
Total: 8.75 / 10





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