Death Angel
Relentless Retribution


3.0
good

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (66 Reviews)
September 11th, 2011 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An inconsistent but occasionally great album by the veteran thrash band that ultimately falls on its face too many times to be an essential album for thrash fans.

Death Angel was one of the more popular thrash bands in the 80s, with some strong albums like The Ultra-Violence, and later on Act III. However, after the latter they quickly disappeared, much like fellow thrashers Exodus, due to lack of funding and sales. However, the band soon reappeared at the famous fundraiser show for Testament singer Chuck Billy, along with the also reformed Forbidden. They soon went straight into recording The Art Of Dying, with some more thrash aggression, then later recorded the somewhat average Killing Season, which featured less precise playing. However, the band brought back some of the thrash flavor for Relentless Retribution, a strong yet not particularly outstanding album with some very nice moments but some unfortunately poor ones too.

The band members are, no doubt, very proficient technically. Mark Osegueda does some impressive high range thrash screams, while guitarists Rob Cavestany and Ted Aguilar do an admiral job of the guitar parts. Drummer Will Carroll does a good job too, and Damien Sisson does some decent basslines. Overall, it's a strong album in terms of musical skill; however, one may not enjoy Mark's vocals as they sound as though they have been rather heavily edited.

The album kicks off with the almost-title track, which features some of Damien Sisson's more noticeable fills, and some nice riffs and a decent solo, and serves as a nice and strong opener, but it hardly redeems the song after it, Claws In So Deep, which makes the band sound as though they're trying a stint as a metalcore song. While the song isn't diabolically awful it is a poor track and doesn't really serve the album very well, and features worse technical skill in places. Will Carroll redeems it from sucking to badly as his drumming is rather impressive through the song, and the solo isn't so bad; however, the chorus is simply so cheesy that the song feels pretty poor.

Luckily, this doesn't stay around for too many songs. Truce is a solid thrash number with some nice playing and effective use of dissonance, and single River Of Rapture presents one of the albums better opening riffs and aside from the chorus is a precise thrash number with some rather good riffs. Death Of The Meek proves to be the best song album on the album with a solid groove between the members and some technical riffing being forefront; the chorus isn't bad either, and has an interlude that should make you think of a certain title track of a certain recent Megadeth album. I Chose Sky isn't bad either, and is similar to these tracks. However, Volcanic doesn't really stand out other than the impressive bass work of Damien Sisson, and is mostly just a forgettable ballad, and features the albums cheesiest vocals. Album closer Where They Lay more or less redeems it and stands strong next to Death Of The Meek due to a more malevolent chorus and some of the better riffs on the album.

So, this doens't sound brilliant, but it seems pretty great, right? Well, no. The choruses are almost subpar, and rather cheesy. Once again, the band sounds as though they had been inflicted with the plague of NWOAHM, and thus the album gets pretty dislikable quickly and seems slightly poorer than efforts by fellow thrash Exodus, and certainly has no chance of matching Overkill's formidable Ironbound. To its credit though, this album is a solid album with some very nice riffs; just be prepared to deal with some cheesy choruses and the occasional metalcore tinged song and you should be able to enjoy this album quite a bit.

Recommended Tracks:
Death Of The Meek
Where They Lay
Relentless Revolution
River Of Rapture



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bannedwarrior
September 11th 2011


164 Comments


i never gave this one a spin

their first album is amazing though

Attis
September 11th 2011


333 Comments


album is decent which actually exceeded my expectations. band has only 1 truly good album anyway

TheNotrap
September 11th 2011


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Cool TM stuff but first check the previous Killing Season. Great record IMO

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bannedwarrior
September 11th 2011


164 Comments


yeah the ultra violence is one of my favorite thrash albums, their other shit is cool but just cant compare

Attis
September 11th 2011


333 Comments


killing season was awful

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2011


21437 Comments


The Ultra Violence, Frolic Trough the Park and Act III all rule hard. This is pretty good but doesn't compare to the first three.

bannedwarrior
September 11th 2011


164 Comments


frolic and act III are kickass and all but it's the debut that i actually remember

TheNotrap
September 11th 2011


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"killing season was awful"
Don't agree dude. You can't compare this shit over their classic debut sure, but still has cool songs like Lord of Hate or Soulless.

Frolic and Act III have both good moments. In fact Act III is considered their best by many metalheads.

Attis
September 11th 2011


333 Comments


frolic is alright but act III is really average imo. not very thrashy either

Attis
September 11th 2011


333 Comments


room with a view is cool though

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2011


21437 Comments


I love Act III, it was the first album of thiers I heard.

bannedwarrior
September 11th 2011


164 Comments


the ultra violence is the best album ever made niggaz

Attis
September 11th 2011


333 Comments


lets not get ahead of ourselves


second best

TheNotrap
September 11th 2011


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Their debut is my fav but Frolic and Act III also rule hard

bannedwarrior
September 11th 2011


164 Comments


in fact i should order a shirt of their first record

TheNotrap
September 11th 2011


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

in fact i should order a shirt of their first record
Definitely m/
Bay Area classic stuff

dante1991
September 11th 2011


552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ultra Violence is easily their best but this new album is great too. I'd actually probably go as far to say it's their second best. Act III is really overrated to me, not a very thrashy record at all.

Ultra Violence > Relentless Retribution > Frolic Through the Park > Art of Dying > Act III > Killing Season

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TheNotrap
September 11th 2011


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

you guys underrate Killing Season

Madbutcher3
September 11th 2011


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I'm a fan of their debut but I think Frolic is better than this; less cheesy.

BallsToTheWall
September 11th 2011


44800 Comments


Drummer Will Carroll does a good job too, and Damien Sisson does some decent basslines.



uHHH

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