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Death angel: Act III
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 31/03/2010 21:45:44
If my memory serves me well I think I got in these guys back in '92, I was kind of lured in by the vibrant creepy artwork and the band's title. I since lost that copy and bought another from here, hence my review. I didn't give these guys five stars, as good as they are they seem to be a bit more "soft" than their thrash contemporaries. But there are moments what the most part would probably describe as classic thrash and in areas the riffs have that thrashy crunch. "Room with a view." starts soft and is very progressive. I have to admit not all the songs are what I would call memorable, and I think I can only sing along to three songs off the album without the cd playing so make of that what you will. I think tracks like EX-TC, Room with a view and Discontinued are probably the highlights on the album. Lyrical themes include alienation, social limbo, purpose and conformity. I suppose one should mention the lyrics are meant to be deep, but whether that translates in the music as intended...well even I am having trouble deciding. More positively this was a band (when writing this album) who clearly didn't give a toss and were doing their own thing. Not adhering to the technical agressive thrash of the late 80's/early 90's they just seem content doing their own thing, and if you want a breath of fresh air when listening to bands from this era, then maybe this is the band you need. But all in all, I think this was a band on the brink...signed by Geffen, there was obviously great potential but it could tip either way, and personally I don't think the band lived upto expectations. When you consider thrash releases from 89/90 then yes maybe this album pales in comparison. But I can see why it might be regarded as classic and is it worth the asking price? Yes I would say, but to round it off simply without going on: I can't gurantee they will be in your top 10 thrash bands any time soon.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 26/07/2008 01:59:42
When being dragged into a Charity shop by my mum I waste my time in the music section, what music fan wouldn't?! Also what "heavy" music fan wouldn't buy a casette by a band called 'Death Angel' for £1. Since then I have purchased his album on cd, and backed that up on the computer. Whilst driving a lot in a company van, you gotta listen to some tunes and this album has got me through many many miles! As you can probably tell from the band name, the music is 'Slayer' based.. (named after the legendary track 'Angel of death'). At moments this album is thrash in its purest form!.. However if you're after an album that is thrash start to finish, then go looking for Municipal waste. They are probably heavier and thrashier..BUT.. stuck in their ways. Death Angel however are not afraid to try new things. With the skills these boys possess it would be perfectly acceptable for them to make an album that would almost pay tribute to Slayer, instead they take what they love from the original masters and made it their own. With a few acoustic moments you realise the true potential of a thrash guitarist. The intro/outro to 'falling asleep is a peaceful babies lullaby instrument/toy' building into a gentle, genious area crossing between thrash and balls out Metal. This is a perfect description of the album, It can't make up its mind. Is it Metal, thrash, or peaceful melody? But do not be perturbed by this. Its a good thing. Ridiculously accomplished and perfectly executed. Critics say this is "probably their finest album". NO! It IS their finest album! Their finest album, their finest hour and my most wonderful chance purchace!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: geniousk on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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