|Review: Death Angel - Humanicide|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2019
Review online: October 1, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Death Angel are not really a band I've paid much—if any—attention to over the years, but I picked this up on a whim at a local store last summer (I seem to be doing that lately). Never mind that there was a promo copy that I never downloaded...
Anyway, Humanicide is a pretty cool album of "clean" thrash (and thrash is pushing it a little at times; this is largely a heavy/thrash album) and the band did a great job of marrying the old and the new here. Listening to Humanicide, I can't help but think that this is the bastard child of mid-80s Metallica (Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets era) and Destruction since their return in 2000. A pretty cool combination in my book. The vocals really bring "modern" Schmier to mind and the music has that clean, yet visceral bite to it. A lot of more "traditional-sounding" passages wouldn't sound out of place on Metallica's two mid-80s classics, but overall Humanicide really has that modern Destruction vibe, with a bit of an American thrash touch just to keep things different and interesting. It's not especially catchy, but it's good while it's on and shows that Death Angel can still deliver the goods.
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