To be honest, I was slightly disappointed by the comeback album of Frisco-legend DEATH ANGEL. Well, you’re pampered, when I listen to the comeback works of EXODUS & NASTY SAVAGE. But no need to be afraid, it’s not really bad, the album. On the contrary, a good record has absolutely come out.
The opening double „Thrown To The Wolves“ and „5 Steps Of Freedom“ have even been done furiously excellent. But the two killer tracks lead you astray. After that there still are two cool songs but then the album gets a bit weaker. “Famine” is the absolute spot. An uninspired modern song that doesn’t move me at all. After that there’s rather mediocre stuff to listen to, whereat “Word To The Wise” puts its foot down again.
I just would have expected more than three very good songs and the rest mediocre to good... After all you’re used to other calibres from DEATH ANGEL, those who take “The Ultra-Violence” or “Act Three” as measure will realize that “The Art Of Dying” can’t compete with them at all. Good album but not enough for 14 years of total abstinence. (Online May 3, 2004)