on 15 November 2013
Seriously addictive new record here from US thrash gods Death Angel, an album I can't stop spinning, despite great new metal records from acts such as Crystal Viper, Eden's Curse, and Almah. There's not a bad tune on this bad boy, with 'Castor Of Shame', 'Empty', and the title track being the strongest cuts. With a surprising dose of melody, 'The Dream Calls For Blood' just flies with the grace of an eagle, slicing you with its talons. Great production, awesome riff work, killer vocal lines, and bitching melodies, metal fans can't go wrong with this release. Do yourself a favour; own it.
on 17 February 2014
A lot of thrash bands have been coming back to the fold since the turn of the 21st century, and I for one am very happy that Death Angel is among them. Along with the likes of other Bay Area staples Exodus and Testament, a very convincing argument can be made that they are releasing albums that are as good, if not better than the albums we all remember from the late 80's and early 90's heyday. The Dream Calls For Blood hits your speakers with all the swagger, attitude and meaty metal goodness that all enduring thrash albums possess.
The Dream Calls For Blood is the most aggressive album Death Angel have made in a run of four great records that began with The Art Of Dying. Yet it also contains a great mixture of light and shade in the songs. I never find myself feeling that their bludgeon is getting monotonous, or that the lighter moments are overstaying their welcome. Their song writing has also matured to a point where all of the songs are allowed to breath and not feel cluttered, even when your eardrums are being assaulted by a crunchy 100km/h riff. Speaking of riffs, The Dream Calls For Blood is chock full of great, neck snapping riffs that flow really well. Your ability to hear all of these, as well as the tighter than tight drums and bass is due to a fantastic production job that is nice and clear. Sonically this is a great sounding album. Vocally Mark Osegueda has come to terms with the loss of his higher end and actually helps up the aggression with his delivery. It's nice to hear a thrash vocalist who hasn't joined the death growl bandwagon, and who doesn't pay homage to James Hetfield by copying his delivery.
As much as I enjoy The Dream Calls For Blood, it's not going to be mentioned in the same breath as Master Of Puppets or Reign In Blood. But, it is damn close to the quality of those releases and is a lot better than anything Metallica, Anthrax or Megadeth have released in some time.
If you can remember buying albums from the Big 4 upon release then you will love this. If you are coming to thrash now as a newbie, firstly welcome, then listen to The Dream Calls For Blood loud. Death Angel have produced an incredibly solid album full of more than enough to like for even the most jaded metal head. Thrash metal doesn't get a whole lot better than this.
on 29 October 2013
I'm not a great person at analysing tracks in detail, main reason i can't be bothered, so i'll lay it down from the perspective of an old school thrasher who grew up with bands like this.
Simply, this album is amazing, from song structure, performance and production. It's one of those times when a band just gets everything right.
It's a powerful album, hammering out one classic after another and personally I've not heard them sound this good since their first two albums. RIffs are amazing, mixed with speed and amazing melodic sections as only Death Angel can do, but this is a hard hitting album. Not many albums will beat this for the quality of the song writing throughout each track. Love it.
Just listen to the opening track - Left For Dead, if you like that, which in my opinion is one of the best tracks on it, you'll love the rest. Very nice balance throughout the album. In my opinion they seem to have avoided filler songs, those crappy ones some bands do because they either don't have the time, creativity or patience to write something better. The album does not have a bad track on it.
It's laughable when we hear the rubbish being spewed out by the prima donna bands like Metallica and Megadeth these days, that bands like Death Angel will never reach these dizzy heights of fame, because they came out during a time when there was 1000's of stand out bands.
Buy this... well worth every penny.
on 4 October 2015
Veteran Bay Area thrashers Death Angel have been knocking on the door of greatness for a while now, being denied their shot at the big time when they were just getting their break first time round. Since reforming in 2001, the band have gone from strength to strength, with The Dream Calls For Blood representing their pinnacle so far.
Every member is at the top of their game here, but special mentions must go to Rob Cavestany on lead guitar and vocalist Mark Osegueda. Both put in career defining performances, although none of the other members could possibly said to be weak links. This is the most lethal Osegueda has ever sounded, his screams (such as in the opening to Son Of The Morning and the outro to the title track) easily challenging even Tom Araya at his fiercest, and his singing - whilst still melodic - drips with venom. Cavestany throws out frenetic solos so naturally and fluidly it's as if he's just pulling them from the ether, with the incredibly technical rhythm trio of Aguilar, Sisson and Carroll able to change direction so rapidly that the album has an overall technicality and proficiency that just cannot be matched.
Whilst the likes of Exodus and Slayer can bludgeon you like a sledgehammer, Death Angel are more comparable to a precisely wielded scalpel, cold surgical steel going right for the throat. The production is a big factor in this, Jason Suecof returning to give the band the razor edged sound that works so well for their material. Their are various jokes in the bonus DVD (if you get that edition) regarding his dismissive attitude towards the idea of them doing ballads (Volcanic, from Relentless Retribution, mentioned as one example of the sort of stuff he'd rather they didn't do) and if the material on offer here is anything to go by, he held a lot of sway over the band in this respect. Opener Left For Dead has some atmospheric and haunting guitar leading it in, and Execution/Don't Save Me and Territorial Instinct/Bloodlust have the sort of acoustic openings you assume will become ballads, but they're just momentary diversions. The album as a whole is an unrelenting, take no prisoners affair, and it barely pauses for breath, let alone heartfelt semi-acoustic numbers.
Picking out a favourite song from the album is pretty much impossible, as everything on offer here is just so good. It really is the sort of album where every song you hear, you think it's your favourite so far. There's Caster Of Shame, featuring Oseguada shouting about a ballistic battering ram in practically onomatopoeic fashion over reverberating riffs, the title track itself with its menacing chorus, Detonate, with its prowling bassline and solid headbanging riffs... The album really is an absolute beast, with not a weak track to be found. Death Angel have honed their craft and distilled all their energy and deadliness into a stone-cold instant classic that defines the genre as it stands today, and if they can keep this form up, they'll be unstoppable.
on 8 November 2015
Another solid release from this underrated US band. Less experimental than some of their earlier albums, this really goes for the jugular with a full on thrash metal attack. Excellent production, premier musicianship and strong material are always a winning formula.
A superbly consistent act that just keeps giving year after year - I would heartily recommend all of their albums.
on 16 October 2013
It has been three years since we last saw the Bay Area thrash band last release Relentless Retribution and now with the two newest members fully initiated into the line-up, this is their fourth album since their 2001 reunion and their fourth on Nuclear Blast. Their sound hasn't really changed from their previous album and with the wolves now in the wilderness baying for blood, unlike last album's cover artwork with the lone wolf on the pile of bodies, I feel the artwork best represents Death Angel now.
The general state of all thrash metal bands presently, with so many alike to Death Angel that to me thrash metal is well and truly kicking. Even though it is 'just another label' that we stick to bands, I think that Dream Calls For Blood truly sums up thrash metal in one album. There have been many great and `classic' albums, and in today's stale music scene I'm looking for that one band to energize me every time I listen to their album. Enter Death Angel. Even the added quick review by Kirk Hammet on the sticker is like: "If Kirk likes it, then so do I!"
When I say that the "sound hasn't changed' I also mean the production as well. In fact, truth be told, I don't think there's much difference between the last album and this one if anything has changed at all; the only change I can think of is that the album is more streamlined, more concise and with a ton of energy going into it. What's good about a Death Angel album is you know what you're getting - there's no hesitation about the last album, if you're hesitating at all. With a few songs streamed through the official Death Angel website and if you've managed to have a sneaky listen, then I'm sure the songs you heard will have surprised you. Firstly, with the title-track stream available (along with a following lyric video on YouTube) and it is to-the-point rip-your-face-off tune, full of meaty licks and awesome vocals from Mark - whether you're already screaming "take my money" is another matter altogether. Secondly, another song "Son of the Morning" is available for stream and it's one of the more groovier songs from the album.
The Dream Calls for Blood is a fantastic album from start to finish. The opener - "Left For Dead" - starts off this album really well with its reverb guitar chords then soon opening up to a full-on thrash assault. Whilst the "Son of the Morning" offers up some groovier parts with reverb vocals of Mark. It's true that this album is (probably) the fastest album Death Angel have released since their début The Ultra Violence but by no means is it better than that album, as The Ultra Violence is an undeniable classic in its own right, however The Dream Calls for Blood is just another example of why Death Angel are very underrated as a band. Whilst I'm the topic of being `underrated,' over the years there has been some dispute by the fans over the Big 4 of Metallica (questionable), Slayer (yes damn right), Megadeth (Rust In Peace, anyone?) and Anthrax (no, just...no). Different fans have different opinions and there has been talk among them of forming another Big 4 with other thrash bands such as Exodus in there, as well as Death Angel.
The Dream Calls for Blood flows extremely well and you can hear how much effort Death Angel have put into this. With Jason Suecof once again at the helm a second time round he understands how this band works now and it is heard as every instrument is heard clearly throughout the album, and (for me) this is one of Mark's best performances. I always feel like I really sit with a Death Angel album as they have become one of my favourite bands over the years and so far my favourite tracks are 1, 4, 6, 8 and 10. The added `making of' DVD (if you choose to get this version) is about an hour-long, and it gives you some real insight to the album. The band explain about pretty much everything you'd want to know: from working with the same team again, right down to the artist (and depicting "wofly" again); to every musician on the album (even the added emphasis on Will's cymbals); even the working titles and how they wrote most of the music on tour, written by Rob. I would say go for this version as it comes in a cool digipack...but that's me.
Overall, The Dream Calls for Blood is an excellent juggernaut of thrash that I loved from the first moment I heard it. Whether you like the old Death Angel or the new reincarnated beast, at least give the album a listen to see what you think, but you already know how I feel so there's no need to keep on bashing you over the head. All I'm going to add further is that I know I'll be listening to this for some time.
on 18 May 2016
Good metal band and good album.Still going since the eighties on and of. Goes to show all thrash bands from this era are still the best at what they do shame about metallica who only have there first four records claim to fame.
on 26 November 2013
Slamming effort from another one of the bay areas finest death angel,great riffs ,well worth the cash keep it up contender for thrash album of the year!
on 13 May 2016
A great album from start to finish and one of Death Angels finest to date and a most have for all heavy metal fans
on 16 October 2013
After Megadeth's Super Collider and Anvil's Hope In Hell, I found another good headbanging material and it's this. Really want to get out of my bed early this morning and start headbanging. Rob Cavestany on guitars and Mark Osegueda on vocals are the only founding members since their debut The Ultra-Violence which is obviously the best Death Angel work to me or the only album I well know. The Dream Calls For Blood has to be another very good album I would say. Mine is the downloaded version. So can't say anything on the DVD.
Rock 'n' roll \,,/,