Death Angel are an 80s, Bay-area thrash band who had a comeback in 2001 and have been going strong since. Their latest album, Humanicide, dropped May 31 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The world depicted in the album and on the album cover is a staunch critique of capitalism in which humanity has wiped itself out through its greed and lack of community and compassion—wolves running through triumphant as a pack.
Musically, Death Angel occupy a space between Anthrax, Voivod, and Slayer. They have engaging and interesting compositions and stylistic influence and integration, but the vocals can often end up a bit one-note (literally). It isn’t until the track “Immortal Behated” that Mark begins to show some actual melodic line in his vocal delivery.
Despite some slight disappointment in the vocals department, the music stays interesting from track to track. The track I just mentioned, for instance, stands out, as do “Aggressor,” “Revelation Song,” and “Of Rats and Men.”
Humanicide is an enjoyable thrash record with some interesting progressive elements and composition, and the vocals break away from the old thrash habit of shouting one note often enough to keep attention throughout. Recommended.