MetalBite Review by Arek on 11/22/2016
The Evil Divide
consists of 10 pieces of thrash speed metal which, after three years of silence, Death Angel
and Nuclear Blast want to kick our asses with. The proposed thrash is a portion of music from the pinnacle of the class. These 45 minutes of fast American thumping clad in a black/white cover should satisfy all thrash maniacs.
I must admit that I was not a follower of the Church of Death Angel. They charmed me with album The Ultra-Violence
, but my enchantment was fading away with each following album, until I finally forgot about the band. After their 2001 reunion I approached their publications like a child that got severely burned - with morbid caution. It was after The Dream Calls For Blood
that their music started to entice me again. Moreover, review of that album was also going to appear to infect the others with this Filipino bug but for reasons unknown (read - laziness) it was never formulated. The first, even fragmental hearings of The Evil Divide
swept the other vision away like an avalanche.
The eighth child of Americans has all the advantages. There's the energy, the momentum, correct tempo - sometimes in hyper-speed - (Cause For Alarm, Father Of Lies, Hell To Pay
) there's melody (whole thing but especially - Lost
), there's a message (as a whole). Virtually every song can do something to attract. The only thing that it lacks for me it's the guitar sound, they could be a little meatier, but such is the style of Death Angel
and you either agree with them or out you go. I've often gotten pissed off when I read about the superiority of the new Anthrax
over Death Angel
. But I do not want to stand on either side of the barricade, because I like both bands, and if I may add something here, personally I prefer the previous Anthrax
And, since we are on the subject of Anthrax
, it’s the themes from Among The Living
I find on The Moth
, and crossover structure is very characteristic on Cause For Alarm
. After repeated ‘molestation’ of The Evil Divide
I could go on talking about each song, but listening to the whole album would be a way better choice. I encourage you sincerely! I also deliberately did not choose my favorites because the entire album is my favorite, which I already know, will take place in my Top of the Year.
Not one heavy metal, speed, thrash maniac should disregard The Evil Divide
, and if I'm wrong I'll throw the first stone at myself. So I surrender my assertion to be deeply analyzed, best with the sounds of Death Angel
Rating: 9 out of 10