Death Angel – Relentless Retribution

Death Angel – Relentless Retribution (2010, Nuclear Blast Records)

1. “Relentless Revolution” … 4:28
2. “Claws In So Deep” … 7:44
3. “Truce” … 3:31
4. “Into The Arms Of Righteous Anger” … 4:31
5. “River Of Rapture” … 4:35
6. “Absence Of Light ” …4:32
7. “This Hate” … 3:33
8. “Death Of The Meek” … 5:15
9. “Opponents At Sides” … 6:21
10. “I Chose The Sky” … 4:06
11. “Volcanic” … 3:34
12. “Where They Lay” … 4:30

Mark Osegueda – Vocals
Rob Cavestany – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ted Aguilar – Guitar
Damien Sisson – Bass
Will Carroll – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Guitars (“Claws In So Deep”)
Jason Suecof – Guitar (“Truce”)

Producer: Jason Suecof

I’ve never followed Death Angel until this year. I know Act III is supposed to be their masterpiece and one of the better thrash albums out there but it wasn’t until this year that I finally picked it up. I’m very picky with my thrash. A lot of thrash bands sound like garbage to me. I like thrash but it’s not my favorite sub-genre of metal. And I have zero interest in any thrash band that pushes themselves towards any type of  “extreme metal” sound. So it often takes me a while to come around and try thrash bands I haven’t heard before.

The good news is that I’m enjoying Death Angel very much. I’ve had Act III since earlier in the year but I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it or listening to it a whole lot but I’m really liking Relentless Retribution. It’s a great balance of aggressive and melodic moments. There are pure thrashers like “Truce”, “River Of Rapture”, “Into The Arms of Righteous Anger” but then songs like “Relentless Revolution”, “Claws In So Deep”, “Volcanic” and “I Chose The Sky” throw in enough melodic moments to keep the album interesting.

Not that the full-throttle headbanging numbers are anything to sneeze at. There are some excellent moments all throughout this album and of the few recent thrash albums I’ve heard over the last two years or so, Relentless Retribution has proven to be my favorite so far.

I’ve heard some minor quibbles from longtime Death Angel fans that the album carries too much of a modern metal vibe. I’m not sure how true that it is but so what, I found myself enjoying this disc.

Highlights: “Relentless Revolution”, “Claws In So Deep”, “River Of Rapture”, “Absence Of Light”, “I Chose The Sky”, “Volcanic”

Posted on December 4, 2010, in Death Angel and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. “Act III” is a very good Death Angel album, only I liken it to be Death Angel’s most commercial output. “Room With A View” says it all… and despite that song’s Duran Duran vibe, I still dig it. You just have to get… “Killing Season” as your next Death Angel album! If you like “Relentless Retribution”, man, you’ll really dig this one. Plus… eventually get all the Death Angel albums, they are just as important to the history of Thrash as any of the other “legendary” bands.

    BTW… very righteous review on an album that makes my “best of” list this year! 😉

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