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'The Evil Divide'
(Nuclear Blast)
Out Now

Jeff Kunze

jeff kuntze

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Death Angel, the Bay Area thrash kings, return with a full frontal assault entitled 'The Evil Divide'. It's their eighth album in a career spanning over three decades. They define the genre having stuck to a simple formula of providing venomous-injected thrash in its purest form since 1982. This offering is nothing short of a 10-ton slab of metal played by a band that still sounds like they have something to prove.

The fret blazing 'The Moth' opens the record with an aggressive raging attitude. Mark Osegueda's uncompromising vocals play off the machinegun riffing with skilled perfection. The result is an instant gem in the bands long historic catalog. The second cut, 'Cause For Alarm', has a definite hardcore flavor. It's an explosion of energy that harks back to Death Angel's earliest material.

The band stretches its creativity on the song 'Lost'. The mid-tempo melodic approach sets the track apart from the constant pile-driving chaos on the other songs. Although the song may cater to the masses it still encompasses the intensity through the vocals of the chorus. Some may not like Death Angel stepping away from the norm but it shows the versatility and willingness to stray away from the thrash blueprint.

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Another standout is 'Father Of Lies' which returns the album back to a frantic pace. The song is a stomper led by the power of the crunching guitars and an instant recognizable head banging rhythm. The small caveat is a musical interlude that takes the song off the track momentarily. The same can be said for 'Hell To Pay', which is vintage Death Angel executed with speed and precision. The bass opens 'It Can't Be This' before it blasts off.

'Hatred United/United Hate' opens with a haunting intro that leads back into familiar territory. The main riff is decisive and destructive. This song contains some catchy hooks and memorable pieces. It also features a ripping guitar solo from Andreas Kisser of Sepultura. 'Breakaway' is another classic sounding head crusher with break neck guitars and jackhammer drumming. 'The Electric Cell' stays the course that has been laid out so clearly through the previous tracks. The closer 'Let The Pieces Fall' contains some fantastic guitar work through the various solos littered within the song. This track may not stand out on the first listen but as you dig into the album this track becomes something to go back to.

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'The Evil Divide' is truly Death Angels best work in some time. The album is a hard-hitting thrash monster that maintains the core elements of the genre but also adds a modern twist to its formula. The guitar duo of Cavestany and Aguilar shine throughout the album. They shred through the material while staying conscious to cater they're playing to fit the song.

Vocally, Osegueda hasn't lost a step. His talent and high octane performance puts the material on another level that most bands can't match. Will Carroll (Drums) and Damien Sisson (Bass) provide another outstanding effort by providing that important rhythm section.

There is no doubting Death Angel's place in thrash history. The catalog is rich with standout material and they continue to add to it with the spectacular new album 'The Evil Divide'. Death Angel with join Slayer and Anthrax on a run through North America in the fall. A night not to be missed by any thrash fan.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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