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Death Angel
The Art of Dying (Nuclear Blast)

By: Mike SOS

After a 14-year hiatus, pioneer Bay Area thrash metal outfit Death Angel have returned with a scorching new disc, proving that you can come home again. After a few failed attempts with other projects, four-fifths of the original lineup have reconvened on the scene, creating a 12-track album loaded with the kind of versatility and power that had critics and fans alike enamored from the band's beginnings. From the old school thrash metal vibe of "Thicker Than Blood" to the Black Sabbath stoner groove of "The Devil Incarnate", Death Angel exhibit no loss of strength, whipping out churning riffs and walloping guitar solos that will have metalheads pumping their fists in unison. Mixing in the obvious Bay Area metal influence with touches of punk rock fury ("Land of Blood"), acoustic beauty ("Word to the Wise"), and the technical excellence that made such albums as ACT III metal classics, The Art of Dying triumphantly marks the return of Death Angel.
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