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Death Angel – ‘The Bastard Tracks’

Nuclear Blast
Testament, Exodus, Overkill, Flotsam & Jetsam, Forbidden, Heathen
Release Date
November 26, 2021
Nuclear Blast
Thrash Metal

“the big four?”, “in what order?”, “which band doesn’t belong?” blah blah blah blah blah, we’ve heard it all before, tune in to any metal forum/social media and you’ll see it, the same boring rhetoric that has been going on for 20 plus years. For those thrash fans not inclined to these endless dull debates who spend their time listening to those bands which get so sorely overlooked they’ll find that Death Angel are releasing their latest live album ‘The Bastard Tracks’.

                Like so many other bands, Death Angel professionally recorded this album during a livestream in the 2020 global pandemic. Yet, unlike so many of their peers who focused on new material or those big hits, ‘The Bastard Tracks’ has Death Angel digging into their back catalogue to deliver deep cuts of fan favourites. The listeners here will find fantastic version of the likes of ‘Why Do You Do This’, ‘Guilty of Innocence’ and a fantastic version of ‘Execution/Don’t Save Me’. Furthermore, this is enhanced with a feisty version of Sabbath’s ‘Falling Off the Edge of the World’ which further goes to show that even after over 35 years in the business, Mark Osegueda still has one of the best thrash voices in the business.

                There is nothing here that will convert people to thrash or even Death Angel, but this is a live album aimed directly at hardcore Death Angel fans and they’ll love every minute of it.

"The hardcore Death Angel legion will adore this, but there isn't much scope beyond that"

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