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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: November 17, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4.24/5 (84.76%) (21 Votes)

It's hard to believe Peter Hobbs' Angel of Death has been around since 1987. I remember playing the band's self-titled debut from 1988 when I was in college and hosting the Metal show on our radio station. "Prolific" is one word that I would not use to describe Hobbs' output as 2016's Heaven Bled is only the band's third full-length album. Hobbs has stuck to the old school Thrash Metal through the years and this new album is no different. It opens with speed, speed and more speed on tracks like "Il Mostro di Firenzi" and "Walk My Path" which blaze along to staccato riffs and rat-a-tat-tat drums. There are a few well-placed breaks in the speed and Hobbs busts out a few groovy riffs to shake things up. The first half of Heaven Bled flies along at hypersonic speed and much of it blurs together something that is slightly alleviated in the second half where there are slower parts that more effectively build up tension. I can't say anything is particularly memorable especially given the monotonous drumming and Hobbs' barking vocals, neither of which vary much (and sometimes Hobbs sounds like he's simply cramming the words into the song without much concern for how the line will work) but if you dig old school Thrash from the likes of Slayer, Wargasm and Vio-lence you should probably check out Heaven Bled.

More about Hobbs' Angel of Death...
Review: Heaven Bled (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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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