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DEATH ANGEL - The Evil Divide (May 27 2016)
01. The Moth
02. Cause For Alarm
03. Lost
04. Father Of Lies
05. Hell To Pay
06. It Can’t Be This
07. Hatred United, United Hate
08. Breakaway
09. The Electric Cell
10. Let The Pieces Fall
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Ya know of the few consistently good bands still around from the last 20+ years, I have to stop and openly give credit where it's long overdue, I always harp on Slayer never selling out their sound, if you love them, or think everything they've done over the last 15 years was shit, Death Angel is a thrash band who while I believe disgustingly never got the credit they so deserved, were one of only a handful of bands of any era or genre, who IMO from a fan of the genre standpoint, never, and I mean NEVER!! did a bad record, even their mediocre work, was great, and far better then many bands best work, and while It's probably pretty fucking hard knowing your main sound is not only dated, but thrash as a whole is pretty much extinct, they are the only band I can think of at this second, who didn't completely overhaul their style, and head off in a new direction, but almost started doing thrash records and evolving the thrash style, while maintaining the thrash sound, and to my ears, doing the impossible, keeping the thrash sound somewhat relevant, and not sounding a bit dated while doing it, i haven't listened to any of the clips off this album, cause i want to hear the whole thing in it';s entirety.

 

Their last couple records did not disappoint me at all, granted their will never be another Act III, IMO, I believe they continue on, because Act III is still fucking left out of every list, and all conversations when any discussion of greatest Thrash records of all time, comes up, and they are disgustingly left out of any and all conversations even when the thrash genre is being discussed solely, a fucking absolutely brilliant, rocking, band who not only pulled off a rarity by writing hooks and choruses that were memorable and catchy(for any genre not just thrash), but first and foremost they are one of the most consistent groups that I can think of in metal history.

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Testament has always been my favorite thrash band although i definitely will check this out!. And by the way I think Testament's The Brotherhood Of The Snake might come out this year. This will be my appetizer till that one :guitar:

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When it comes to thrash, there are only 3 bands that come to mind that are worth bothering with IMO....Death Angel, Exodus and Artillery.....

 

I would definitely never argue with a word of this, their are however more then likely a few other bands I would ad to this list, I couldn't make it a 3 band list, because I believe there are legendary thrash albums, that were put out by bands that may have merely vanished afterwards, and bands that did strong follow ups, or discography's that never received any press, or were even heard by anyone, its mind boggling just how many thrash albums appeared in thrash's pinnacle hour, possibly the most exploited and buried genre to ever exist, one of the only genres I can truly think of that possess literally hundreds of excellent to legendary albums by bands who were never heard from again, and albums that were not only released in infamy, but some that to this day have still never seen the light of anything other then vinyl release, I mean the amount of one off and single release thrash albums is almost uncomprehending to me, as is the amount of pure fucking shit thrash that was released, cloning maybe thousands of other shit thrash bands and albums, some thrash is so disgustingly phony, and unimaginative that Its surprising more lawsuits for plagiarism never arose, In my low IQ having opinion, thrash was perhaps one of the hardest genres ever in history to release a truly great album in, because of the song structures and just the overall base of the thrash sound, it just feels like a truly difficult genre to produce any kind of album of substance in, mainly because to stand out, you had to have a truly different vocalist, and a completely unique axe man, even if you had that, you had to then match the entire band up and get perfect chemistry, and round it out with the completely almost impossible chore of lining all these factors up and then having at least 1 member of your band possess the almost undefinable talent of being able to write catchy hooks and melody's, and then putting them within the structure of the thrash beat, I don't know, it just didn't seem to be an easy genre to lineup the usual "basics" of a killer rememberable song in, let alone an entire album, but many bands who did pull it off, were never even heard of, and many truly legendary albums never even crossed the paths of 99% of thrash audiences, you had to truly go out, spend sickening amounts of time, and cash, and realistically have vast resources even if you did spend the time and cash, to find many of these albums, and there just aren't that many kinds of people out there, to do that, as you know from any other genre of music, but most of the thrash genre in particular was so cheap, and so easy, to produce and release albums for, for whatever reason? more so then any other genre outside of maybe Rap, that it just seems there's so much more generic clone garbage then anything else out there, so when bands who really didn't have the push of the big label could strike the luck of somehow hitting the mark, like Death Angel, like Exodus, and like Deliverance, even though one could argue just being on Geffen records was enough, for a band who really never tasted any mainstream success, to stay as CONSISTENT, and continue to release one after another killer thrash albums, you could make the argument that Death Angel may be an anomaly, and that they may be a truly one of a kind band! cause IMO while there are so many truly good and even killer thrash bands with strong discography's, I cant think of any other band who stayed as consistent as Death Angel did, nothing ever completely bombed as far as them releasing a shit album, IMO, I never put a single DA album on, and thought anything other then "this fucking sounds good" and I cant think of any other thrash band off the top of my head, that that is the case with, they never bombarded us with so many releases we stopped listening in overwhelming fashion, it's like they strategically and surgically took as much time, on each album, and made sure it was exactly how they wanted it, before they ever dropped it, and they would never release anything that sounded less then perfect, cause fan or not, you need to clean your ears out, if you can find me more then 1 filler off each album if that, these guys were always on point, which is why Its a fucking travesty they never got the props they deserved, maybe im way overboard with this, but it's always been my personal feelings about this band!

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When it comes to thrash, there are only 3 bands that come to mind that are worth bothering with IMO....Death Angel, Exodus and Artillery.....

 

I would definitely never argue with a word of this, their are however more then likely a few other bands I would ad to this list, I couldn't make it a 3 band list, because I believe there are legendary thrash albums, that were put out by bands that may have merely vanished afterwards, and bands that did strong follow ups, or discography's that never received any press, or were even heard by anyone, its mind boggling just how many thrash albums appeared in thrash's pinnacle hour, possibly the most exploited and buried genre to ever exist, one of the only genres I can truly think of that possess literally hundreds of excellent to legendary albums by bands who were never heard from again, and albums that were not only released in infamy, but some that to this day have still never seen the light of anything other then vinyl release, I mean the amount of one off and single release thrash albums is almost uncomprehending to me, as is the amount of pure fucking shit thrash that was released, cloning maybe thousands of other shit thrash bands and albums, some thrash is so disgustingly phony, and unimaginative that Its surprising more lawsuits for plagiarism never arose, In my low IQ having opinion, thrash was perhaps one of the hardest genres ever in history to release a truly great album in, because of the song structures and just the overall base of the thrash sound, it just feels like a truly difficult genre to produce any kind of album of substance in, mainly because to stand out, you had to have a truly different vocalist, and a completely unique axe man, even if you had that, you had to then match the entire band up and get perfect chemistry, and round it out with the completely almost impossible chore of lining all these factors up and then having at least 1 member of your band possess the almost undefinable talent of being able to write catchy hooks and melody's, and then putting them within the structure of the thrash beat, I don't know, it just didn't seem to be an easy genre to lineup the usual "basics" of a killer rememberable song in, let alone an entire album, but many bands who did pull it off, were never even heard of, and many truly legendary albums never even crossed the paths of 99% of thrash audiences, you had to truly go out, spend sickening amounts of time, and cash, and realistically have vast resources even if you did spend the time and cash, to find many of these albums, and there just aren't that many kinds of people out there, to do that, as you know from any other genre of music, but most of the thrash genre in particular was so cheap, and so easy, to produce and release albums for, for whatever reason? more so then any other genre outside of maybe Rap, that it just seems there's so much more generic clone garbage then anything else out there, so when bands who really didn't have the push of the big label could strike the luck of somehow hitting the mark, like Death Angel, like Exodus, and like Deliverance, even though one could argue just being on Geffen records was enough, for a band who really never tasted any mainstream success, to stay as CONSISTENT, and continue to release one after another killer thrash albums, you could make the argument that Death Angel may be an anomaly, and that they may be a truly one of a kind band! cause IMO while there are so many truly good and even killer thrash bands with strong discography's, I cant think of any other band who stayed as consistent as Death Angel did, nothing ever completely bombed as far as them releasing a shit album, IMO, I never put a single DA album on, and thought anything other then "this fucking sounds good" and I cant think of any other thrash band off the top of my head, that that is the case with, they never bombarded us with so many releases we stopped listening in overwhelming fashion, it's like they strategically and surgically took as much time, on each album, and made sure it was exactly how they wanted it, before they ever dropped it, and they would never release anything that sounded less then perfect, cause fan or not, you need to clean your ears out, if you can find me more then 1 filler off each album if that, these guys were always on point, which is why Its a fucking travesty they never got the props they deserved, maybe im way overboard with this, but it's always been my personal feelings about this band!

 

 

I do not doubt that you are right about there being great thrash releases out there that I have not heard....my point was that the 3 I mentioned have been around quite awhile and have been consistently good...I could add testament to the list as well...

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I was going to mention, Testament is another pretty consistent thrash group, and could easily been added to your list, some might mention Overkill as well, though I do not agree with that, a lot of people believe they are consistent! and it is an accurate list you put, I cannot really disagree with you, those 3 are perfect examples.

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I was going to mention, Testament is another pretty consistent thrash group, and could easily been added to your list, some might mention Overkill as well, though I do not agree with that, a lot of people believe they are consistent! and it is an accurate list you put, I cannot really disagree with you, those 3 are perfect examples.

 

Damn, completely forgot about Overkill...although they have put out a few releases over the years that were not very good....

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Damn, completely forgot about Overkill...although they have put out a few releases over the years that were not very good....

 

Pfffft! All Kill is good Kill. :hammer::D

 

Anywhoo, I haven't heard the new D.A. yet but they're one of those bands I always seem to be several albums behind on. I'll check it out sooner or later. Act III still gets semi regular spins from me even nowadays.

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