The XS ROCK Best Metal Album Of 2019 is “Humanicide” by Death Angel. An outstanding metal album that has to be heard to be believed and appreciated properly. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Death Angel guitarist Rob Cavestany and discuss the new album as well as his thoughts on the current music scene and much more.
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And check out our review of Death Angel’s “Humanicide”, The XS ROCK “Best Metal Album Of The Year” below!
Artist: Death Angel
Genre: MetalLabel: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: May 31, 2019
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron
If the new Death Angel album Humanicide was your opponent in a boxing match, you’d be pummelled into unconsciousness before you even knew what happened. This an exceptional dark, brutal outing that demands to be heard. Aggressive doesn’t even begin to cover the tone of this album. Death Angel goes straight for the kill with the opening song and title track ‘Humanicide”. If this isn’t a modern-day thrash metal masterpiece I don’t know what would be.
This album is all the proof you’ll ever need to prove that metal is alive and well. I absolutely love this album! With standout tracks like “I Came For Blood”, the intensity of “Alive And Screaming” and possibly my favorite ‘The Pack”. If “The Pack” doesn’t get your blood pumping then you’re probably fucking dead! Not since the first three Metallica albums have I heard a thrash album with this level of intensity and pure balls-to-the-wall ferocity. I review a lot of albums every year, but this one of the rare times that I lack the words to describe how great this album truly is. If you’re searching for the metal album of the year, you can stop….your search is over.
Once again Mark Osegueda brings incredible lyrical delivery with powerful vocal performances. And Rob Cavestany is just off the fucking hook with these riffs and incendiary solos. The rhythm section is so synchronized and incredibly heavy that its power will shake your very foundation. Every track on Humanicide is a top-notch song. Sure, I have my favorites, but there’s absolutely no filler here. If you only take my advice on one album this year, go out and buy this one. Death Angel’s Humanicide is as close to a perfect metal album as you’re likely to ever hear!
Divine Defector 3:24
I Came For Blood 3:12
Immortal Behated 6:09
Alive And Screaming 3:36
The Pack 3:33
Ghost Of Me 4:34
Revelation Song 5:34
Of Rats And Men 4:08
The Day I Walked Away (Bonus Track) 3:29