Do you love early 90s SLAYER? You know, when the band took their Thrash ways, focused them down with structure, and punctuated it with a brilliant album “Seasons In The Abyss”? If the answer to that question is yes, then you need to get online right now and find yourself a copy of SUICIDAL ANGELS’ latest effort “Bloodbath."
The opening paragraph might seem gimmicky by mentioning SLAYER to catch your attention, but don’t let that fool you because SUICIDAL ANGELS wear their influence purely on their sleeve. It’s not just a gimmick for these guys and they pull off the style with flying colors.
Although “Bloodbath” isn’t going to showcase the best Thrash in the last few years (just look at the lineup of albums due out in 2012 for the genre!), their structured and often ear catching style certainly warrants a larger fan base. Tracks like “Moshing Crew”, “Morbid Intention To Kill”, or the stellar title track bring to mind that early 90s era when Thrash was finding a more structured and often groove centered foundation. The guitars swagger on some of the slower tracks like “Chaos” with intended fist pumping groove while the slamming snare driven drums and harshly shouted vocal attack highlight the chaotic “Face Of God” and “Torment Payback”.
The band tends to run a bit formulaic at times and bit of diversity would have launched this album up a bit more (the acoustic intro in “Chaos” is a nice change of pace, but its too brief). Fortunately for SUICIDAL ANGELS, they perform the style with enough piss and vinegar that it works and it’s certainly easy to delve into initially. It does leave a bit to be desired in the creative writing department, but in the end “Bloodbath” still impresses.
If you are one that thought “Seasons In The Abyss” was abysmal by Thrash standards, than heed my advice and stay clear of “Bloodbath”. For those who dug the groove and structured form of Thrash, then this is a must listen. SUICIDAL ANGELS have yet to blow one out of the water when it comes to a full album, but they are working their way there.
Songs to check out: “Bloodbath”, “Chaos (The Curse Is Burning Inside)”, “Skinning The Undead."
(Online April 15, 2012)