Suicidal Angels
Divide And Conquer


2.5
average

Review

by James Lentil USER (9 Reviews)
January 14th, 2014 | 8 replies


Release Date: 01/14/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Good solos don’t make up for poor riffs.

Suicidal Angels’ 5th lp release ‘Divide and Conquer’ is quite confusing at times. I say this because there are many moments that have tons of potential with solid clean acoustic openings and solos but then once things get moving along and the songs start to develop we are left with weak rhythm riffing from time to time. I wouldn’t say it’s all the time but it happens enough to be noticeable. This is quite sad because it makes the band come off as just another makeover band trying to do everything that’s already been done before time and time again. One of the better song’s is ‘Control the Twisted Mind’ which is good enough to call an actual song because most of the rhythmic parts hold up to the soloing; which is breath of fresh air. There isn’t much to compare to SA’s past albums because their sound hasn’t really developed or changed much other than maybe a bit more of a progressive approach found on this release.

For people who’ve never heard thrash before this might be the best thing to grace their ears but even if you looked at this album objectively I still find that the music is stale and lacks emotion and drive and passion. When you listen to notable acts like Demolition Hammer or Exhorder you can feel the fire and burn but SA is like a dying-fading death star. The components are strong such as the guitars production drums and vocals but you can have the ingredients you want but if you can’t cook no ones gonna eat your food. I will give props to the soloing as I mentioned earlier which is quite tasty and expressive but this could be tons better if that detail was given to the rhythmic section and the overall albums composition. Fans of Slayer will probably enjoy this since the vocals mirror them but even Slayer could riff better. Even the album name is generic. ‘Divide and Conquer’ was probably the most generic name a band could name their album.

The best part of this album is without a doubt the production. You can hear every element of the guitars and drums perfectly. Even a little bass seeps through from time to time. SA is a perfect example of modern bands that are putting out money to attract fans to ‘make’ money but they’ll only go so far because even scene kids will eventually realize that these guys pale in comparison to the greats and better modern thrash metal acts like Vektor. But I can’t complain over everything because I’d rather have generic thrash metal than generic core pop punk so you do the math.



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JamesLentil
January 14th 2014


59 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Full stream is on YouTube but I'm not sure if staff allows people to post that kind of stuff here.

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 14th 2014


1247 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm really dissapointed by this album.Generic and boring are the best words to describe this,and this comes from a really big fan...

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CaptainDooRight
January 14th 2014


29453 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lol I won't say who but one of the peeps who rated this a 3.5 quickly changed their rating to a 2.5.

It's ok bro, stay true.

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InFlamesWeThrash666
January 14th 2014


1247 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Who was that guy? lol

CaptainDooRight
January 14th 2014


29453 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

well i gave him my word i wouldn't say so ill stick to that

BlackLlama
January 15th 2014


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thier first CD was okay, the 2nd went downhill and this one is a free fall. Thrash withouth the riffs? No thanks.

titanslayer
January 15th 2014


1789 Comments


Album name should have been DIVINE and conquer

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014


6151 Comments


Suicidal Angels are a great band to thrash with at a live concert, but just a decent one for domestic listening sessions. I found all previous albums lying around 3.5 (tops) and Divide and Conquer is no exception, as the really unfortunate thing about it is that the band aimed consciously for more adventurous song structures overall, but didn't quite cut it.

In saying the above, "In The Grave" is a fantastic song and the most interesting thing they've ever done, hands down, I could jam that song all day.

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