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   DEATH ANGEL
The Art Of Dying
2004
Nuclear Blast
http://www.deathangel.com


rating: 5/5

1. Intro
2. Thrown To The Wolves
3. 5 Steps Of Freedom
4. Thicker Than Blood
5. The Devil Incarnate
6. Famine
7. Prophecy
8. No
9. Spirit
10. Land Of Blood
11. Never Me
12. Word To The Wise

Since I'm so late in reviewing this gem, I thought I'd better review the whole album and not only the 5 song promo. When I saw the first European reunion shows I was so excited and nervous! How would my 80's heroes sound now, so many years later? Would they ruin the memory, or would they again "kill as one"? Much to my joy (understatement of the century) they'd still blow shitloads of bands from any stage - they're still that energetic, that tight, that awesome!! And then they played a new song on the tour, I don't remember which one it was but I knew it sounded more than promising! And my hopes were up that a new album could be better than "Act III" again, that in my opinion was lacking so much energy and spontaneity.

So did they keep the promise? Hell yeah!! They set out (and succeeded) to make an album that kind of has elements of all three albums. The mature songwriting and the diverse ideas from their later work, but with the unrestrained energy, passion and errrr... "ultra-violence" of the first CD!! The passion is also back in Mark Osegueda's voice, oh how I missed that! He sings, bites, screams and growls like it's nobody's business again, yeah!

"Thrown To The Wolves" starts with a few acoustic notes, but then an oh so typical killer riff sets in and the song has all the ingredients of a furocious and thrashing Death Angel song, as we remember from the 80's and it esp. has that (to me killer) feel from "Ultra-Violence". "5 Steps Of Freedom" goes back to the somewhat maturer but less unrestrained material from later albums, although the end of the song has an extremely Machine Head-type-heavy climax! "Thicker To Blood" is a bit more straightforward, a song they've played live on the festivals this year. Time for a slower but oh so dragging song, "The Devil Incarnate", hypnotizing almost, how Mark sings "I will survive while you die", or chilling because of the venom that drips from his words. Add some killer riffing to it, a heavier chorus and wham, another Death Angel classic has been born!! "Famine" has some pounding verses (drums, hardly guitar) only to explode in heavy choruses. High and clear guitars and a heavy underlaying riff introduces us to "Prophecy", a song that doesn't stick with me as much (but that clear guitar thingie does :P), it seems a bit more chaotic somehow. "No" has a more punkrock feel to it (which isn't really my thing but it suits the lyrics well), but "Spirit" has that old feel again. For a moment I'm wondering who's singing this track, because it sounds very different. It's all written by drummer Andy Galeon and seems to be a tribute to the deceased family members the album has been dedicated to. I'm assuming it's Andy singing and even if he's not the singer Mark is, it's an emotional song. "Land Of Blood" again surprises me, ultra heavy riffing and all, but very raspy vocals this time, so I'm thinking "and who's this now??". My bet is on Rob Cavestany this time, thinking back to the old song "Thrashers". "Never Me" must be Osegueda again, not one of my favorite songs on the album, but I do melt at that sweet emotional solo! And again it gets better towards the end. They love heavy, aggressive climaxes, and hey, so do I! :) And as heavy as I like my metal, I'm a sucker for (well-dosed) acoustic stuff too. The acoustic guitars starting "Word To The Wise" are an intro to the closing song, for a minute and a half into the song it explodes and rocks in good Death Angel tradition for a couple of minutes before we're back to the acoustics that carry the CD towards its end. And just for a moment it starts sinking in *goosebumps*... holy cow, they're back. They are REALLY back!!

submitted by Marlies 27.08.2004

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