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Death Angel – Relentless Retribution

Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: CD download
Released: 2010
Reviewed By: Rich Catino
Rating: 8/ 10


Third album since their reactivation in 2002, "Relentless Retribution" demonstrates the guys didn’t forget how to create Bay Area Thrash Metal with their own spin. Singer Mark Osegueda and guitarist Rob Cavestany remain from the original lineup joined by Ted Aguilar on second guitar (he also played on 04’s "The Art Of Dying" and "Killing Season" in 08), and newest members Damien Sisson (bass), and Will Carroll on drums.

 

‘Relentless Revolution’ opens things with a Death Angel style swirling rhythm followed by the God Forbid (who they also toured with) influenced (in the vocals) ‘Claws In So Deep’ which has an excellent breakdown and riff progression. ‘Truce’ moves with a classic groove nicely moving into the heavy angrier chorus and solo sections and ‘River Of Rapture’ is all "The Ultra Violence" in intensity (it also utilizes more of their characteristic rhythm changes). Now while “Retribution” does recall the aggression of earlier Angel, its not experimental like 990’s "Act II", or even as varied as "Frolic Through The Park", though ‘Absence Of Light’ is slowed down and ‘Opponents At Sides’ is the most melodic tune of this batch. Death Angel today are out for blood and speaking of... I really like the first riff to ‘This Hate’ and ‘Death Of The Meek’ goes for the throat with a solid mid-pace.

Overall, it’s a strong third act to Death Angel’s current stint and consistent in organic chemistry and sound with "Art Of Dying" and "Killing Season".

 
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