Death Angel
Humanicide


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (276 Reviews)
May 31st, 2019 | 98 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The mind knows not what the tongue wants.

Death Angel’s Humanicide is a direct continuation of everything “the big four” have had to offer this side of the nineties. Just let that sink in a little… For all the hype and hate the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth have earned themselves throughout the duration of their infamously prestige careers there’s been a continual onslaught of emulators, pretenders, wanna-be’s and copy-catters. Whether you love or hate what those four little bands have done for metal (and music as a whole) there’s little denying the staying power they offer both collectively and individually. I mean sure, it’s probably a little weird that this review has offered very little in the way of discussing Death Angel’s 2019 record, but the fact remains that Humanicide not only matches the band’s mentioned above, but in some instances stands above what “the big four” of thrash are capable post the year 2000 by providing some of the best Bay Area of old, reminiscent of the eighties fire that drove the band’s of the area.

Now, there’s probably a few purists absent-mindedly shaking their heads at the thoughts of another band matching the prolific nature of Master of Puppets or State of Euphoria but the 2019 production on a band that’s kicked thrash out of the same area has all the chops and the fire to present such a case. They simply just don’t have the big names these so-called purists enjoy. Take the album’s opener (and titular track) for example; blistering groove meets well-placed melody inspiring some truly classic NWoBHM insight. Mark Osegueda’s gruff vocal passages meld a perfect tone of Tom Araya and Joey Belladonna, but without falling into direct imitation of the two. Mark’s lyrics may inspire slight the cheese and blistering fire that can only come from a true Bay Area thrash outfit, but it’s hard to imagine the guy screaming without a beer in hand and a cursory leg propped up on a stage amp. The theme continues well into “Divine Defector” while upping both the ante and the aggression. It’s heavy, honest fucking thrash defying age barriers and proving longevity is found in talent and beautiful songwriting, hybridizing the core values of which the music is made with the modern advances in production. The rest of the record complies in simple fashion. There’s no over-wrought ideas, no overblown idealism. Instead, the Death Angel we see in 2019 (much like the band’s back catalog) showcase original, yet slightly borrowed soundscapes combining balls-out simplicity with great riffs.

Despite the furor and classic feel to Humanicide there’s a well-thought slower melody (including piano and somewhat subdued lead work) in “Immortal Behated”. While it’s placement in the middle of the record provides that easement in sound, allowing the casual listener to catch their breath before launching back into a typical reminder of thrash’s heyday, “Alive and Screaming”. Humanicide isn’t a complete display of gorgeous thrash revival and tracks like “Revelation Song” and “Of Rats and Men” are a proverbial hiccup in the Death Angel formula, failing to achieve the same fire and robust thrash-y landscape the rest of the album offers, either falling into a emotive cliche or an overly recycled ideology that misses the mark completely. These tracks by themselves may not be a bad representation of Death Angel per-se, but they’ve certainly given the avid fan more to cheer about on their last couple of records.

Humanicide is yet another solid release from a band that should be expected to make them. They may not have the same worldwide branding as “the big four” but their modern day quality is rather unquestionable. Death Angel may not be known for their sonic diversity, but their hybridization of traditional Bay Area thrash, modern studio values and NWoBHM showcase a solid, albeit predictable amalgamation of nostalgia.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2019


9597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Get amongst it.

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2019


16034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hell yeeeees. Act III is one of my favorite albums of all time.



Glad to read they still got it. Will jam soon. Great review, Noct!

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2019


9597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah man, this is a solid 3.8/5 for daysss

Pikazilla
May 31st 2019


648 Comments


Is this as good as the previous one?

vermillionZ
May 31st 2019


227 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Better than the previous one in my opinion. Definitely more diverse.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2019


9597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

touch better yeppers.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2019


11710 Comments


Great review, Rob!

So glad to see bands like these guys and Possessed making killer albums in 2019.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2019


9597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thought the Posessed album was quite flat actually.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2019


16034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol way to kill poor manosg's mood, Noct.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2019


9597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I made a promise to never lie to my old pal Manosg : ]

vermillionZ
May 31st 2019


227 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just don't get why they released "The Pack" as a single before the release, it's by far my least favourite on the whole album. "I came for Blood" or "Divine Defector" would've been a much better representation.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2019


11710 Comments


Damn, that was cynical Rob haha.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2019


9597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Apologies, anyway you should be jamming this my man-osg

TheNotrap
May 31st 2019


11096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bands like these guys, Testament, Overkill or Exodus are always compared to the Big Four, as if they missed the train somewhere along the way. It seems they will always live with this stigma.



Nice review, the album sounds solid.





manosg knows.

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WretchedCacophony
May 31st 2019


1474 Comments


"thought the Posessed album was quite flat actually."
it's trash. This is thrash tho

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bloc
May 31st 2019


55836 Comments


Nothing these guys did after their first album ever clicked with me

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ChaoticVortex
May 31st 2019


790 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review and glad to hear Death Angel is still on the roll. They've been on fire since Relentless Retribution, easily the most consistent old-school thrash band next to Testament and Overkill.

StrikeOfTheBeast
May 31st 2019


7526 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll check this, but I don't have the highest hopes for it being great.

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CaptainDooRight
May 31st 2019


4085 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

book

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Sabrutin
May 31st 2019


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Cool to see them featured



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