Suicidal Angels formed in early 2001 in Greece and hold true to the thrash sound most metalheads know and love. Their latest album, ‘Divide and Conquer’ is everything a little thrash metal freak loves – or a big thrash metal freak. Whichever.
It is exciting to see that thrash metal is here to stay with the direction heavy metal has gone in the last ten years. Bands like Metallica and Megadeth adopted new age sounds as they strayed from their true metal roots, but I digress.
The gist of ‘Divide and Conquer’ – released January 2014 – the album is misanthropic, which is probably at the heart of every teenager worldwide. Kids always find something to be angry about and this album could very well help them with the disdain of the human race.
‘Divide and Conquer’ is rampant with rich overtones and undertones of classic heavy metal thrash. The guitars are simple with flecks of distortion, which gives this album the edge, but...
Some songs on the album are a little boring and predictable. The last track on the album, ‘White Wizard’ is just that, boring and predictable. Saying unpleasant things about an artist’s hard work is not fun, but it has to be said. Many artists (Carcass, Toxic Holocaust) have a sound like this album, and maybe those bands are Suicidal Angels’ inspiration, but the thrash scene is being overwrought with the same sound.
‘Lost Dignity’ sounds a lot like ‘Jesus Saves’ by Slayer, which is not necessarily a bad thing because while metal fans do like change, too much change freaks us the hell out. The band did a good job of keeping things simple and familiar with this song.
On a better note, the album is strong for the diehard thrash metal fan stuck in 1985. It has all the makings of classic thrash: fast guitars, catchy bridges and a lot of cymbal use. So, if you’re that guy (or girl) with the ripped up denim jeans, patch jacket and the cheesy mullet, this album is right up your alley.
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