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Review: Death Angel - The Dream Calls for Blood
Death Angel
The Dream Calls for Blood

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 47:25
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: March 23, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
The Dream Calls for Blood

Rated 3.79/5 (75.79%) (19 Votes)

San Francisco's Death Angel, one of the "second tier" American Thrash Metal bands doing their thing in the shadows of "the Big Four" along with bands like Testament and Exodus, has actually been around, in one form or another, since the early 80s. Most of us know them either from their well-respected debut, The Ultra-Violence, or their brush with the mainstream, 1990's Act III. Like many bands, they called it quits when grunge happened and have since reformed and picked up where The Ultra-Violence and Frolic Through the Park left off. The Dream Calls for Blood is the band's seventh full-length and is full of the aggressive, technical Thrash these guys helped pioneer in the late 80s. The riffs are fast, furious and heavy, the drums a blur of staccato beats and the vocals are an angry, vitriolic yell. One thing is for sure; these guys have been around the block and know how to play. The sound of the album is excellent and the ferocity of the performances is almost palpable. What is missing from The Dream Calls for Blood is anything memorable. With the exception of the title track, which has a catchy chorus, there isn't anything resembling a hook or riff that will stick in your head. The songwriting is bland and Mark Osegueda's shout is often monotone. The Dream Calls for Blood comes out of the speakers like vanilla soft-serve out of an ice cream machine; in one long, uniform stream. Not that there's anything wrong with that but when's the last time you said "wow! That was a bowl of vanilla ice cream I'll never forget"? The Dream Calls for Blood is like that, good in the moment, but ultimately forgettable.

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