Review: Death Angel – The Evil Divide – Nuclear Blast – Release: May 27th, 2016.
The past years have been good for thrash fans with a lot of young and hungry bands releasing albums of power. Like this “The Evil Divide” by… wait a minute Death Angel’s already over 30 years old and still manages to showcase the energy of enthusiastic youngers!
Pure US thrash with a lot of melodies, I especially have a soft spot for the dual leads, the way the band is renowned for.
With opening track ‘The Moth’ you get ejected into a whirlwind by these original Bay Area thrashers. There’s the occasional drop in speed like with the very moody, almost thrash-ballady ‘Lost’ as its highpoint, but most of it is mid to high tempo thrashing, with a couple of the biggest speed devils being ‘Cause for Alarm’ and ‘Hell to Pay’. My personal highlight is the album closer ‘Let the Pieces Fall’ as it really fits the closing spot the best with its rising dramatic tone and over the top solo.
Simply put, if you love melodic thrashing you’ll definitely enjoy “The Evil Divide”, no contest.
Score: 4 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic