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Desaster - Angelwhore (8/10) - Germany - 2005

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 52:14
Band homepage: Desaster

Tracklist:

  1. The Arrival (Intro)
  2. The Blessed Pestilence
  3. Angelwhore
  4. Conqueror's Supremacy
  5. Ghouls To Strike >mp3
  6. Nihilistic Overture
  7. Havoc
  8. Downfall Be Thy Blade
  9. Revelation Genocide
  10. Mourning Path (Outro)
Desaster - Angelwhore

The fact that DESASTER had signed at such a big label as Metal Blade caused me to fear that they might become commercial now. Would their new album turn out to be mass compatible or even offer Metalcore? No way, the exact opposite happened, DESASTER are on an even more brutal, relentless and wild ride than before. The hysterical, mad screaming is so sick that I was rather turned off by it at the beginning. But the riffing, on the other hand, is so awesomely ass kicking that eventually I got used to the insane vocals.

 

Seriously, the Thrash riffs DESASTER deliver on this album deserve a place in the hall of fame! Those who like old extreme acts such as AT WAR, WEHRMACHT, POSSESSED, BLOODFEAST, CARNIVORE, DARKTHRONE, COVEN, THE ACCUSED, BATHORY, SACRIFICE or RAZOR will turn into an animal when listening to this! My favourite is “Havoc”, a slowly rolling skull breaker whose riffs will split your head neatly in two halves! Or check out the more than just convincing title track, you won’t have any doubts after that anymore… DESASTER keep getting better, tighter and more skilled with each album.

 

The production is as well far away from the clean, technically sublime level of what the trendy bands deliver at the moment. This is breathing dirt and sweat! I’m sure that many fans of Extreme Metal will be surprised by this, because hardly anyone might have expected such a furious, almost too brutal Thrash album from DESASTER! The mad pig on the microphone diminishes the hearing pleasure a bit – well, that’s my opinion. However, that means minus one point in the total score. (Online November 26, 2005)

Ralf Henn



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