No. 34

June 01, 2016

Death Angel - Evil Divide (Nuclear Blast) ....

Death Angel are arguably one of the founders of thrash metal, alongside Bay Area greats such as Slayer, Anthrax, and Metallica. They are known for their renowned debut album The Ultra-Violence, being one of few bands capable of pulling off a 10 minute long metal instrumental. Following their debut release the band began expanding its style into funk and punk, and nu-metal. After their third album Act III, the band took long hiatus' between albums, returning in 2004 with The Art of Dying, in 2008 with Killing Season, and in 2010 with Relentless Retribution. I wasn't too fond of their last album, but the band has returned in 2016 with Evil Divide, an album that has anger, intensity, and is worth being in your collection. The album starts with "The Moth" and "Cause For Alarm" both great old school thrash songs. Then the band proceeds to strike a chord at something more mainstream with "Lost", then returns with the solid straight forward metal song in "Father of Lies". I love the powerful guitar breaks on that song. My favorite song was "Hatred United / United Hatred" which simply shreds. Other notables were "Let The Pieces Fall". One thing you will take away from this album is that it is angry, aggressive, and impales your inner mind and soul.

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Amon Amarth - Jomsviking (Metal Blade) ....

Amon Amarth have released their 10th studio album titled Jomsvikings, a powerful concept album that is one of the groups best to date. Jomsviking is the bands first attempt at a concept album and you will appreciate the album even more knowing the back story and following along. The album is all you would expect from Amon Amarth, aggressive, brutal, and epic. They return with the same style of viking metal but a new sound. You won't be disappointed with the opening track "First Kill" or songs such as "On A Sea Of Blood", "Raise Your Hands", "One Thousand Burning Arrows", and "Vengeance Is My Name." You might be surprised to discover that Doro Pesch (of Warlock) makes a cameo appearance on vocals during the end of "A Dream That Cannot Be". This album was way better than I had expected. Pick it up and see for yourself.

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Rob Zombie - The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic (T-Boy)

Rob Zombie returns with his latest album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, following up his 2013 album release of Venomous Rat Regeneration which was mediocre at best. The new album doesn't deliver much more than the last, being a mere 30-some minutes of predictable tunes from Rob Zombie. Okay, there are some catchy choruses, some songs which seem specifically written for an arena crowd, maybe enough for Rob Zombie fans to limp through praising this album. With songs that mildly excite your musical tastebuds like "Satanic Cyanide! The Killer Rocks On!", "Well, Everybody's Fucking In A U.F.O.", "Get Your Boots On ! That's The End of Rock n Roll", "The Life and Times of a Teenage Rock God" to the more old school Rob Zombie sound on songs such as "Bone Piles", the new album seems just an attempt to keep his musical ventures alive while being more focused the past decade or more on his being a film maker.

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