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Review: Hobbs' Angel of Death - Heaven Bled
Hobbs' Angel of Death
Heaven Bled

Label: Hells Headbangers Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 57:47
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: September 13, 2016
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.24/5 (84.76%) (21 Votes)

Hobb's Angel of Death has become a sort of semi-legendary band largely by being broken up for years and not producing a new album since frigging 1995. This is only their third album (using the term ?they' in the sense of ?Peter Hobbs and whoever else he recruited') in a career stretching back to 1987. Despite this, they were a hugely influential band on legions of angry, bullet belt-wearing guys in the land Down Under, and members of bands like Deströyer 666, Destruktor and Bestial Warlust have all done time in the lineup at various times.

Peter Hobbs has been bashing around since the 80s, and it shows, because "Hobbs' Angel of Death" is basically Australian for "Slayer". Hobbs' vocals are particularly reminiscent of Tom Araya, and the Thrash riffage is pure Hell Awaits-era Slayer. That said, the production here is outstanding, with a blisteringly heavy guitar sound and a pummeling mix that makes for a propulsive sound that is both retro and slickly modern. If you ever wondered what Slayer would have sounded like in the 80s if they had managed to get a great recording job, then this is an album for you. Slayer themselves have not sounded even close to this good for 20 years, so I for one have no problem with a band that wants to do what they used to do, only better.

More about Hobbs' Angel of Death...
Review: Heaven Bled (reviewed by MetalMike)
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Peter Hobbs on December 30, 2012 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Peter Hobbs on September 7, 2013 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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