Death Angel
The Ultra-Violence


4.0
excellent

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
July 18th, 2012 | 41 replies | 1,923 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The infamous debut that took the bay-area by storm

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Death Angel is that band you were always meaning to check out, that band that stood behind thrash giants such as Forbidden and Testament, that band that is so often critically overlooked that it makes me sick. Death Angel is a second-tier thrash unit that came from the infamous bay-area. In 1987 they released their debut record, and they were most likely the youngest band at the time to do so. The band wasn’t even old enough to buy cigarettes at the time of this album’s recording, yet the album quickly sold 40,000 copies in less than four months.

Considering their age, the band manages to sound like bay-area veterans, easily standing next to their bay-area brothers Exodus and Testament. The album never lets up; everything is probably ten times faster than it really needs to be, and the guitars sound decidedly angry. This is a very compelling listen from the first track to last, with lots of intriguing guitar riffs and solos that keep the material interesting. It’s easy to get lost in the volatile mix of aggressive instrumentation and angry vocals.

While every track is a heavy and compelling listen, a couple tracks drag on endlessly; killing some of the records momentum. The album also shows little variation from the band’s all-out thrash approach, so progressive elitist beware; this is not for you. Vocals are adequate, but can be a bit rough at times when Mark screams, as his screams are like that of a frightened little girl. The bass can also seem lost in the mix, with the insanely loud guitars dominating nearly every aspect of this album.

The album’s subject matter is typical of the genre, with lyrical content dealing with war and death. However things aren’t always so serious, as the band breaks away from this occasionally with songs such as the closer reminding us of just how old these guys were at the time. The overall mood of the album can be seen in many ways, but to put it bluntly, its raw aggression coupled with intense instrumentation that will keep you listening for hours.

The album draws from the very core of thrash, with fast and tight drumming, fierce guitar riffs and screaming vocals. There is nothing melodic, there are no ballads, and it is in no way progressive. This is simply good old fashioned thrash served up with attitude, so unless you’re a fan of thrash you might want to sit this one out. If you are a fan of the old-school, then this is sure to be the holy-grail of thrash metal.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
- Evil Priest
- Voracious Souls
- The Ultra-Violence
- Mistress of Pain



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheNotrap
July 18th 2012



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Voracious Souls ftw.

The dudes were under 20 here. Nice piece of thrash, have a pos.

ThrashTillDeath94
July 18th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My thirtieth review, its been a fast three months since i have been here. I figured it was only fitting to review this one since Act III was my first review. Hope you guys enjoy reading them as much as i do writing them.

ThrashTillDeath94
July 18th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Voracious Souls is an amazing piece of thrash

KILL
July 18th 2012



70573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

banshee thrash

rules

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


good review, pos

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

KILL
July 18th 2012



70573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

evil priest bitches

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


up there with some of the best thrash out there

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


what



CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


i don't get it

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


you get weirder every time i talk to you sonic but you're still a cool guy

KILL
July 18th 2012



70573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

;)

Venpts16
July 18th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Death Angel is that band you were always meaning to check out"

I (unfortunately) couldn't agree more. I really need to listen to this band and album. Nice review by the way.

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


sup kill nice review today :]

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


haha your's was good too sonic, i pos'd you buddy

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


oh thats cool, you were a good writer at that time

KILL
July 18th 2012



70573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know you think you're being witty with these kind of reviews, but you're really not. They're not well written at all. The only thing this review tells me is that this stuff is "awesome" and that it "thrashes hard". You try too much to make this funny, and not enough on actually explaining the music, besides where you feel necessary to stick in a poorly crafted joke.

Sorry, try again.

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


wait who said that kill?

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


thrashtilldeath is keeping the metal alive, he could queef in all his reviews for all i care

auto pos everytime

KILL
July 18th 2012



70573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28321 Comments


agrrevd



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