Album Reviews, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock — October 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

REVIEW: Death Angel – The Dream Calls for Blood



Artist Name: Death Angel
Title Name: The Dream Calls for Blood
Label: Nuclear Blast
Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini


When the term American thrash metal is explained or its origins are described, references always go to the Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth. Not only in America but worldwide, the genre was massive and its impact on heavy music still resonates to this day, with hundreds of other bands and different layers and tiers still existing. Some are more of the same, and some are quite unique. Death Angel belongs to the latter group. It’s hard to think of a more technical, innovative and groundbreaking band in thrash metal. Their 80s releases are absolute classics, seminal albums that every serious banger should have. After a long hiatus caused by the drastic changes in the music scene happening in the 90s, they came back in style and now deliver their 7th overall full-length, 4th since the comeback.

The Dream Calls for Blood  comes under the same line of their previous effort and delivers the same – if not bigger – amount of relentless thrashy musical bashing. Highlights go to “Fallen”, a track that could have easily featured one of their influential 80s releases, combining the razor sharp riff aggression of their early material and the unique vocal melodies emphasised on Act III. “Execution – Don’t Save Me” is another gem: a beautiful acoustic intro with the purest and strongest sequence of gut revolting riffs I’ve heard in a while, and a daunting array of harsh and melodic vocals. Another strong contender is “Empty”, with its mosh-pit worthy guitar shredding, pounding rhythm and impecable execution. 

Death Angel calls for blood once more. Avid fans should respond in unison by getting this album and head-banging 24/7 to it.