Death Angel
Killing Season



by linguist2011 CONTRIBUTOR (253 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2014 | 12 replies

Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For the first time in the band's career, Death Angel here seems to be growing weary and tiresome, though fans of thrash metal will undoubtedly like Killing Season for what it is.

Like most bands within the same sub-genre, Death Angel took their time in crafting arguably the ideal comeback album instead of rushing themselves straight into the new millennium with a half-hearted set of thrash metal tunes. Thus The Art of dying proved to be every bit as consistent and energetic as the band's first three albums. However, the main problem with many veteran thrash metal acts today now seems to be how they go about producing an album which is supposed to be better than the predecessor, but for the most part unfortunately fails to meet that particular expectation as well as the devoted fans' needs. All that said, Killing Season sadly suffers from this problem, though it's not particularly terrible either.

Killing Season, released four years after The Art of dying, falls into the common trap of being entirely unbalanced and mostly inconsistent. The album's first half is excellent, resembling the band's better days back in the 80s, whereas the majority of the second half simply sees Death Angel sounding like a doggedly tired group of musicians who, however hard they try, just can't get beyond songs of above average quality. The opening two songs, “Lord of Hate” and “Sonic Beatdown”, are arguably some of the best Death Angel songs within the last decade or so. Guitars are simply well executed, the drums and bass rhythms are naturally powerful in tone and Osegueda's well-recognized vocal delivery never fails to impress. So, because these first two songs are simply brilliant, it gives many listeners the impression that the rest of the album will continue offering excellent songs of this quality.

Of course, it does up until the completely unnecessary “Buried alive”, which isn't even a song, merely a “track”, presumably put on the album to stretch out the total running time. It simply consists of a news report describing a man being buried alive, his feelings of terror and the overall debate as to whether being buried alive is the worst form of torture. Well, that's perfect enough for a Misfits or Marilyn Manson album, but when you know that one would expect more songs similar to "Sonic Beatdown", they would be disinterested in “Buried alive” without a doubt. The next song, “Soulless” continues to disappoint, though because of well-executed solos and powerful drumming, is somewhat more interesting and as a result definitely suits the needs of the band's most devoted fans. However, the problem now is how tired Osegueda sounds in his vocal delivery. In the album's first four songs, he sounded very confident both in himself and his vocal talent, whereas with “Soulless”, together with “God vs God” and underwhelming closer “Resurrection Machine”, listeners may begin to believe he is simply showing his age.

There is one track in the second half which gives the band a redeeming quality-that being the very vicious and maniacal “Steal the crown”-yet it's simply too little and too late to make Killing Season an album simply more than one that is above average at best. Of course, fans of the most basic, down-to-earth forms of thrash metal will find nothing wrong here, but anyone else looking for music every bit as good as Death Angel's first three albums, or even The Art of dying, will be sorely disappointed. Thankfully, the band came back recently with the superb The Dream calls for Blood, so if anyone's really intrigued to know what Death Angel's best recent effort is, you would be well-advised to check out their latest.

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Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

Full album:

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January 22nd 2014


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The album has some cool tracks like Soulless.

Nice review.

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Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


Album Rating: 3.5

i used to be all about this album

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January 22nd 2014


Never heard this one

Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


Compared to their previous albums this fairly weak but it's still better than what a lot of old school thrash band's released around this time.

I think this is a bit better than Relentless Retribution and probably better than their latest album judging by what I've heard from that one (haven't listened to it in its entirety).

January 22nd 2014


Album Rating: 2.5

good record

January 22nd 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

I find this to be the most underrated and best album they've put out since the reunion. Good review though, even if I disagree.

Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

Relentless retribution is the only album I haven't listened to by Death Angel yet. This album for me

is good but if you compare it with any other album the band have put out since their comeback than it

just comes across as weak. On its own, it stands as a pretty decent thrash metal album.

January 22nd 2014


Only liked their first album

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February 13th 2016


Album Rating: 3.5

Underrated album, some killer tracks here like Carnival Justice, Soulless and Resurrection Machine.

February 24th 2017


Album Rating: 3.5

great record

February 25th 2017


Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yes, love Resurrection Machine so much. Couple of goofy songs but they sounded really tight in this one. The last third of Carnival Justice is another great example

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