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4.0 out of 5 stars Death Angel's transitional album - still worth having
Death Angel emerged in the late 80's "second wave" of thrash metal (alongside the other Bay Area giants Testament) and unfortuantely never quite achieved the recognition they deserved at the time. Their first album ("The Ultraviolence") was a brutal affair of thrash riffs, myriad tempo changes and rather basic lyrical concerns. Although there were a few standout tracks on...
Published on 7 Dec 2004 by J. Pearce

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very patchy. What a shame.
This may come as a surprise to Metal_Hen, but I agree completely with him/her. When this album was released it was feted by the metal press in a way I always felt was completely uncritical. The Ultraviolence was audacious and exceptional, and the journos apparently just couldn't bring themselves to articulate their disappointment when Frolic Through the Park emerged,...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death Angel's transitional album - still worth having, 7 Dec 2004
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J. Pearce "jpearce" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Frolic Through the Park (Audio CD)
Death Angel emerged in the late 80's "second wave" of thrash metal (alongside the other Bay Area giants Testament) and unfortuantely never quite achieved the recognition they deserved at the time. Their first album ("The Ultraviolence") was a brutal affair of thrash riffs, myriad tempo changes and rather basic lyrical concerns. Although there were a few standout tracks on it to rival their more illustious contemporaries, it was, at best, fair-to-middling.
However, this, their second album, displayed a growing confidence with their own technical abilities and contains more varied and interesting material. It also contains "Bored", possibly one of the best individual tracks of the era produced by any metal band and the main reason the rating is 4 stars - you really need to own this album for this track alone. It eschewed the (then) traditional acoustic/crash/bang approach to thrash; instead, it is propelled by a hypnotic repeating guitar motif, building slowly but steadily with a distinct menace, but never totally exploding into a faster tempo - instead, it just kind of peters out without going anywhere, in a warped, almost jazz sounding fade out.
On paper, it sounds crap - but it works beautifully. And unlike most other bands at the time, it does it all in under 4 minutes - no ten minute guitar marathon necessary here. "Frolic" came out the same year as Metallica's good-but-interminably-long "And Justice For All" and Anthrax's crap-and-still-interminably-long "State Of Euphoria". "Bored" showed that great metal music didn't necessarily have to play by the rules of the era.
This song - and about half of the others on this album - shows Death Angel approaching the maturity and grasp of songwriting dynamics that would be shown on the follow-up (and much better produced) album "Act 3". "Frolic" is not a perfect album and the production lets it down somewhat, but it is one of those albums that contains just enough excellent tracks to ensure it is worth adding to your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death Angel - Frolic Through The Park, 10 Oct 2011
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Death Angel are one of the great underrated Thrash Metal bands out their, coming from the Bay Area of San Francisco like so many other great Thrash bands and starting late in the so called "second wave," of the mid to late Eighties the band are as talented and interesting as their contemperies like Forbidden and Vio-lence.

The band started out as a trio of related Filipino teenagers and gained notoriety when Kirk Hammet of Metallica produced their demo. In 1988, by the time their second full-length studio album Frolic Through The Park was released they had evolved into a technically impressive and interesting Thrash Band with a unique flavor and a lot of creative ideas.

On Frolic Through The Park, Death Angel widened their songwriting scope and wrote complex tracks that frequently shifted tempos, occasionally time signatures and were full of lead bass sections, jazzy drumming parts and other non-standard elements beside their hard and heavy Thrash material.

Standout tracks include `Why Do You Do This?' which blends prog, hardcore punk and thrash into one complex tune, as well as the almost comical `Bored,' which adds touches of funk in with the metal and also the seven-and-a-half minute track `Confused.'

Overall, Frolic Through The Park is Death Angel at their most experimental and complex, while still keeping the raw energy of their youth. It retains much of the straight up Thrash of their debut and expands on it but isn't yet as refined and perfect as the album that would follow, Act III.

If you are a fan of the band, this is of course pretty essential listening all over from beginning to end. If you like Thrash Metal and aren't afraid of a band who will push the boundaries and write outside of the box, then give Death Angel a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As titled ( couldnt get a better one!), 8 Mar 2013
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awesome thrash metal; chops and surges, twists and stabs theres hardly a predictable moment in the whole affair ( except a respectful cover of Kisses Cold Gin) i love it its fresh original and on the money ....in a word uniquilly thrash-tastic.Maximus Metalicus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not good as the debut, but still good, 26 Feb 2013
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I love the band, i have all their albums, for me the debut 'The Ultra-Violence' will always be my favorite. This one is less good than the debut but still i see it as a great album too, most of the songs are great with killing riffs and overall they sound pretty good.
The Cold Gin cover is awsome, i really enjoyed it, so heavy. Probably others will complain because it'n not like the debut but i like it and it's enough.
Recommended for thrashers and Death Angel fans.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very patchy. What a shame., 1 Nov 2012
This review is from: Frolic Through the Park (Audio CD)
This may come as a surprise to Metal_Hen, but I agree completely with him/her. When this album was released it was feted by the metal press in a way I always felt was completely uncritical. The Ultraviolence was audacious and exceptional, and the journos apparently just couldn't bring themselves to articulate their disappointment when Frolic Through the Park emerged, choosing instead to focus on the laughable concept angle (supposedly sophisticated symbolism in the cover images and, er, some lift noises) and the 'progressive' diversification of their songwriting. In truth, the album's a bit of a mess, with no real sense of coherence despite some interesting if under-developed ideas, and it's always left me disappointed. "Black Sabbath speeded up by a factor of 100" [paraphrase], wibbled Kerrang!. Do me a favour. "Very promising young thrash band fall prey to over-hyping and the pressure of finding a way forward following an outstanding debut" would have been far more honest, in my opinion. As has been said elsewhere, this album is of historical interest, but looking at the prices on here, don't bother unless you know what you're getting.
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