THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD
Of all the bands that have made a comeback after a long layoff, I'd say that Death Angel has been the strongest. Without question, and even as a fan of the early days, I'd have to say that their releases since their return have been far stronger than what they did originally. That's pretty big praise when you consider that I'm saying the last decade of Death Angel has produced stronger efforts than THE ULTRA VIOLENCE, ACT III and FROLIC THROUGH THE PARK. That's exactly what I'm saying though. At least in my world, THE ART OF DYING is one of the greatest albums ever to come out of the Bay Area, and each subsequent effort since has been nothing short of stellar. Death Angel returns once again with THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD. While it's definitely not THE ART OF DYING, it's brilliant. Brutal, powerful and unrelenting, THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD is everything we've come to expect from Death Angel over the last decade.
While the original members of the band has dwindled down to one (guitarist Rob Cavestany) and the core members is down to two (Cavestany and vocalist Mark Osegueda), the sound is still as crushing as ever. The band come roaring out with songs like "Succubus" that literally devastate your ears from the moment they start. Cavestany is, without question, one of the most underappreciated guitarists of our time. His riffs are so distinct to him and so easily recognizable, and yet he's almost never spoken of when people talk about the truly great players out there. No matter though, because he continues to show it on recordings. Songs like "Detonate" have some cool, driving riffs that constantly change tempo and course throughout. Cavestany and Ted Aguilar roar throughout on guitar.
As for Osegueda, he sounds great as always. He tears it up throughout, screaming his way through songs like "Son Of The Morning" and "Fallen". On "Detonate", he squeezes his balls a bit tighter to provide a very Tom Araya-ish "Angel Of Death" like wail to end the song. If there is a criticism of THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD, it is that Osegueda has pretty much gone to a 100% screaming vocal now. Much like he did on RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION, the vocals are almost completely screamed. That's not a bad thing, but that diversity in vocals in the past is what set Death Angel apart from the rest of the pack. That said though, it's not like you listen to this release and think, "man, what a letdown". Far from it.
PITRIFF RATING - 94/100 - What more can I say here? This is a blasting, punishing, violent release any thrash metalhead will worship from start to finish. It takes no breaks. It doesn't slow down anywhere over the course of it's near hour of music. It's a freight train running out of control through a school bus of unsuspecting children. It's Death Angel...and it's exactly what it's supposed to be.