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archangelAD casusbelli
Artist: Archangel AD
Title: Casus Belli
Genre: Thrash Metal
Release Date: 23rd July 2021
Label: self-released


Review Flash

ARCHANGEL AD from Edinburg, Texas was formed in 2015 and is a band that honours the big four among other influences of the great era of Thrash Metal. The band members are in their twenties which means they are still hungry and rightfully pissed. Musically there is quite some diversity, I mean it is totally cool to do your thing and do a song in Spanish like ‘Sangre De La Montanas’ or even some kind of ballad, ‘Door To The Moon’, but the songs are its best if Justin Noel Lopez just belts it out and shouts like a crazed hell-hound. Even if these two songs are not my faves they surely are no act to provoke a war (‘Casus Belli’). The opener ‘Bet On Death’ is a MOTÖRHEAD homage but still an ass-kicking thrasher, ‘Casus Belli’ I a mid-tempo thrash metal hymn to sing along and ‘Beacons’ is so 1983 that it would hurt if it would not feel so good to listen to something so fucking old-school. These guys sound reeks of daily worn hi-tops, tight denim pants and battle-vests soaked in years of sweat and booze.

Conclusion: You like the 80s, excellent riffs, smooth basslines and drum that wake the dead? Buy this!

Rating: 8.5 / 10

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