The Evil Divide
27th May 2016 – Nuclear Blast
01. The Moth
02. Cause For Alarm
04. Father Of Lies
05. Hell To Pay
06. It Can’t Be This
07. Hatred United, United Hatred
09. The Electric Cell
10. Let The Pieces Fall
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that thrash has been having somewhat of a revival in recent years. OK, so perhaps the momentum is slowly coming to a halt after those ‘Big 4′ tours a few years ago, but with the likes of Anthrax and Slayer churning out new albums recently, the wheels on this runaway train haven’t stopped just yet. Three years on from The Dream Call For Blood, Death Angel are yet another band from thrash’s glory days to drop something new. Perhaps the the most underrated band of that era, I was a tiny bit excited about this album dropping.
Death Angel make their intent very clear with Opener “The Moth“. Although not the strongest song on the album, it serves as a pretty good precursor for what awaits within, and to be honest it’s catchy as hell. “Cause For Alarm” is totally different however; testament to band who have barely changed their sound since thrash’s heyday in the late 80s, unlike Slayer, or Anthrax to a lesser extent – both of whom have changed their sound to fit with the times.
Not Death Angel though, and you have to commend a band which hold the same ethos towards song writing as they did 25 years ago. Weirdly however, it actually sounds fresh in the process. No wonder; the pairing of Rob Cavestany and Ted Aguilar is one which is probably up there in the upper echelons of what happens when thrash bands duel wield guitarists – and again, probably one of the most underrated. They’re easily up there with King and Hanneman, or Hetfield and Hammet, but because they’re not “part of the big 4″ they’re not mentioned in the same breath – but If you’re going on solely riffs, then this album is probably one of the best since the genre’s glory days.
The Evil Divide may not be the best album Death Angel have produced, but it still provides the equivalent blunt force trauma as a steel pipe right between the eyes. With bands like Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, and to a lesser extent Evile recreating the sound of the golden era of thrash, it’s very refreshing to hear bands from that era still keep the same vibe as they did throughout their entire tenure. In any other genre, that would be a hindrance; thrash, however, is the exception, and if you like your thrash with the slick, dazzling veneer of the 1980′s, The Evil Divide is a must have.