'The Dream Calls For Blood'
(Nuclear Blast Records)
Release Date: Monday 14th October 2013
'The Dream Calls For Blood' is the seventh album from the Californian thrash giants and the first since 2010s 'Relentless Retribution' album and this new release sees the band produce ten solid numbers which clearly demonstrate that this Death Angel show no signs of slowing down. You can hear a full stream of the album at the bottom of this page.
'Left For Dead' is a good solid start to the album showing the band in fine form with a great guitar riff neatly sandwiched between two mellow and lyrical guitar passages which counterpoint the faster main body of the song.
Likewise 'Son Of The Morning' continues on with a great guitar solo laid on top of a tolling bell giving this track a superbly atmospheric feel.
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'Fallen' has drummer Will Carroll using all his skills to thrash out the beat whilst the relentless guitar riff powers the song along. Words like "ignited" and "invited" during the chorus have some backing vocals added to them which gives them an immediacy, and if the band added this to their live set list you can imagine this section being used to good effect to get the audience interacting with the band.
'Execution/Don't Save Me' shows that Death Angel have more strings to their bow than just writing fast numbers - a fact which is neatly demonstrated by the intro here which is a nice acoustic guitar which is augmented with a subtle harmonising electric guitar track.
There's a breathing space between this intro and the main riff which has Carroll once again holding down a solid drum beat which literally explodes out of the silent speakers. Vocalist Mark Osegueda sounds more aggressive here than in previous numbers - almost shouting the lyrics at you at times.
'Detonate' has a slow (almost epic) intro which is enhanced by some doomy and echoy drumming laid beneath a simple guitar line before the main riff comes in. It's a nice steady riff, lasting as it does for well over a minute, building the tension wonderfully before the guitar and vocals finally kick in. This may not be the fastest song here but certainly amongst my favourite tracks. The fact that the vocals switch between singing and spoken sections just gives the track an extra element too.
Let's not forget the title track, 'The Dream Calls For Blood', of course, which at just over four minutes begins as a full-on-number before settling down to a more leisurely pace during the chorus before picking up pace once again after the main guitar solo. The chorus is repeated half a dozen times which burns itself onto your brain, and like 'Fallen' before it, this track could be used to great effect during the bands live set to get a bit of audience interaction.
Left For Dead
Son Of The Morning
The Dream Calls For Blood
Execution/Don't Save Me
Caster Of Shame
You can see Death Angel live here:
Thursday 17th October - Slim's, San Francisco (CD Release Show)
Friday 18th October - Slim's, San Francisco (CD Release Show)
Saturday 19th October - Whiskey A Go Go, Hollywood (CD Release Show)
Sunday 20th October - Ramona Mainstage, Ramona (CD Release Show)
Monday 21st October - Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff
Wednesday 23rd October - Dirty Dog, Austin
Thursday 24th October - Scout Bar, Houston
Friday 25th October - South By So What Festival, Fort Worth
Saturday 26th October - Chameleon Room, Oklahoma City
Sunday 27th October - FuBar, St. Louis
Tuesday 29th October - Webster Hall (Marlin Room), New York
Wednesday 30th October - Empire, Springfield
Thursday 31st October - Altar Bar, Pittsburgh
Friday 1st November - Mojo 13, Wilmington
Saturday 2nd November - Middle East, Boston
Sunday 3rd November - Foufounes Electriques, Montreal
Monday 4th November - Opera House, Toronto
Tuesday 5th November - Reggie's, Chicago
Thursday 7th November - Summit Music Hall, Denver
Friday 8th November - Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque
Saturday 9th November - Rocky Point, Tempe
Sunday 10th November - Observatory, Santa Ana
Friday 15th November - Metal Hammer Paradise, Luebeck
Tuesday 26th November - Mega Club, Katowice
Wednesday 27th November - Nova Chmelnice, Prague
Thursday 28th November - Substage, Karlshruhe
Friday 29th November - Brescia, Arci Colony
Saturday 30th November - Temprock Club, Gualtieri
Monday 2nd December - Szene Wien, Vienna
Wednesday 4th December - Backstage, Munich
Friday 6th December - Centrum, Erfurt
Saturday 7th December - Kubiek, Eeklo
Sunday 8th December - La Maroquinerie, Paris
Tuesday 10th December - Underworld, London
Wednesday 11th December - Zeche Carl, Essen
Thursday 12th December - Eindhoven Metal Meeting, Eindhoven
Friday 13th December - X-Mas Metal Festival - Stadthalle Dietikon, Zurich
Saturday 14th December - Chasing Venue, Alsfeld
Sunday 15th December - X-Mas Metal Festival, Event Hall, Geislewind
Monday 27th January - 70,000 Tons of Metal, Miami
You can watch the official lyric video for 'The Dream Calls For Blood' here:
And here's the full stream of the album...
Death Angel are:
Mark Osegueda – Vocals
Rob Cavestany – Guitars
Ted Aguilar – Guitars
Damien Sisson – Bass Guitar
Will Carroll – Drums
Official Website: http://www.deathangel.us/