Well…for all of you that have been complaining about how some of the classic Thrash bands have lost their edge, then there is hope. Bands like AVENGER OF BLOOD have come to fill that hole in your heart. On their sophomore release, “Death Brigade”, AVENGER OF BLOOD has picked up right where KREATOR left off with “Coma Of Souls”.
In fact, “Death Brigade” sounded so much like older KREATOR at times that had I not been looking at the track listing as I listened I might have mixed the two up. It’s almost strange how a band could produce an album in 2008 that sounds so ridiculously close as that. Even the vocalist, Sall Lalli does an amazing Mille impression right down to the snarls.
Musically, AVENGER OF BLOOD really doesn’t push the envelope though. These four men are here to play a very aggressive German style of Thrash Metal and that is exactly what they do. From start to finish, “Death Brigade” puts the music on overdrive and it doesn’t hardly ever slow down. There are a couple of slower tracks (and by slow I mean not break-neck) that get a slight groove going to them. For example, “When Will You Die” has a pretty good riff to it that caught my attention but then it doesn’t quite break the repetition that the album falls into.
On first listen I was really digging the rapid fire riffs and almost never ending leads along with (obviously) un-triggered Thrash style drums but after three or four songs I lost it. As I said above, the album, although quite solid in its conception, becomes a little repetitive as time goes on. Pretty soon many of the songs begin to mash together and nothing really sets them apart.
AVENGER OF BLOOD does play a solid aggressive Thrash that will have your blood pumping but its unoriginality and somewhat repetitiveness prevents it from being one of the forerunners of the Thrash Revival Movement. If the band decided to push their music one step further and get a slightly better production, then this album would not only be awesome but it could have been a masterpiece.
Songs to check out: “Death Brigade”, “When Will You Die”, “Sadistic Inquisitor”.
(Online August 19, 2008)