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“Killing Season” by Death Angel

Artist: Death Angel
Title: “Killing Season”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 2/26/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

You’re not imagining things nor are you in a time warp and reliving the moment when you sit back and start counting all of the classic Thrash Metal bands of the genres past who seem to not only be returning to a scene that they once dominated, but who are also delivering worthy slabs of Metal to boot. Such is what the listener will find when they start to play “Killing Season” the latest album by an officially reunited Death Angel. You know you remember these Bay Area Thrashers if you were knee deep in the sound back in the day and if you are too young to remember them; you definitely had some older fans turning you onto the good stuff that these guys dropped like an assault weapon on any fans of the movement. The Thrash scene was amazing back then as bands like Exodus and Testament (both who have also recently released crushing material) dominated the region and quickly rose to incredible heights and found bands like Death Angel raising the bar a little bit in their own right. Their new album finds the band sticking true to form and skillfully blending tight and sharp riffs over very melodic fast paced vocals. Led by singer Mark Osegueda, the band still features most of its original members outside of guitarist Gus Pepa, who has been replaced by long time friend Ted Aguilar. For those who might need a refresher course that means we have Rob Cavestany (guitars), Andy Galeon (drums) and Dennis Pepa (bass) rounding out the lineup.
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