Death Brigade review by Avenger Of Blood

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  • Released: Jan 8, 2008
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7 Good
  • Users' score: 7 (22 votes)
Avenger Of Blood: Death Brigade
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Sound — 7
With the recent popularity of bands like Municipal Waste and forgotten thrash albums by the likes of Atrophy and Vio-Lence, younger bands are popping up all over the world that incorporate an '80s informed thrash sound. One of the stronger acts who have risen from this heap is Avenger Of Blood. Even though they are based in Las Vegas, you would never guess from their sound. This combo has more in common with German bands like Kreator and Assassin than they do with their American counterparts. Keeping with this particular influence, AOB keeps the proceedings moving at a frenzied pace. With the exception of the mid-paced slugging during the verses of "Bloodseeker," the songs blast forth intensely. Vocalist/guitarist Eric (no last names given) possesses a snarl that was custom made for the brand of metal they specialize in. Imagine Mille Petrozza's (Kreator) vocal delivery with clearer pronunciation and you'll be on the money. Some of the solos, with their constant note bending and whammy bar squeals, reminded me of Kerry King's finer moments. Look no further than the screeching solo in Sadistic Inquisitor for evidence of that. The production, done by the band, definitely brings to mind the work of Flotsam & Jetsam producer Bill Metoyer with it's dry, compressed guitar tones. Next time out some more separation and bottom end would benefit the band's material.

Lyrics — 7
Death Brigade isn't so much a concept album as it's a collection of songs that deal with very similar themes. Opening track "Vicious Onslaught" sets the violent tone and the subject of war sprouts up throughout the ten tracks. Most of the lyrics are written from the perspective of a battling soldier so you get a first person account direct from the front lines. The track "Terminate" is so menacing that it jumps off the speakers like a missing scene from Apocalypse Now. Taking a page from metal legends Manowar, AOB dedicate the song "Poserslaughter" to the total annihilation of "fake" metalheads. A call to arms of sort, the song will surely incite crowd sing-alongs and probably become a staple of their live show. It will be interesting to see what direction the band will take their lyrical themes to on their next release because they seem to have exhausted the possibilities in this lyrical arena.

Overall Impression — 7
Having never heard the band before this CD arrived in my mailbox, I was very surprised to see how much they have been influenced by the sounds of my youth. Despite their age, location and upbringing, they owe more to bands like old-school European bands like Sodom and Assassin than they do any of their American counterparts. Sure, they aren't the only new band that has adopted a revisionist thrash sound. Bands like Bonded By Blood and Fueled By Fire have quickly built a formidable following with a traditional sound. What sets Avenger Of Blood apart is their faster tempos and attack. This is the exact thing that the current metal renaissance was in desperate need of; variety. Whether this young combo stick to this particular brand of metal remains to be seen but here's to hoping they do!

18 comments sorted by best / new / date

    PsYkO_kiLLa90
    Boone666 wrote: Great band, Great CD. It's really great to see bands with that german thrash imfluence.
    definately man. German thrash is the best thrash
    Boone666
    Great band, Great CD. It's really great to see bands with that german thrash imfluence.
    GregMisiakk
    HotTamalies743 wrote: metal sucks balls
    Says a guy with a name "HotTamalies743". Sounds like a song Christina Agulara would write. Nobody invited you in here to criticize metal, and you come in here anyways. You obviously seek attention.
    blakiss
    HotTamalies743 wrote: metal sucks balls
    i hope your sarcastic, but if not, get the hell out of this review, god
    Shredder Guitar
    ShrimpthePimp wrote: there name is a combination of Avenged Sevenfold and 3 inches of blood
    and i bet your real name is a combination of Douche and Bag. im sure these guys are just CRAZY about a7x and 3 inches of blood
    PsYkO_kiLLa90
    tehbensonzorz wrote: ^ your a retard. they sound absoloutely nothing alike, and im sure AoB absoloutely LOVE the kids that A7x attract... anyway, ive yet to get this album, but i have their first album "Complete Annihilation" and its sick as hell. awesome stuff.
    listen to poserslaughter
    tehbensonzorz
    ^ your a retard. they sound absoloutely nothing alike, and im sure AoB absoloutely LOVE the kids that A7x attract... anyway, ive yet to get this album, but i have their first album "Complete Annihilation" and its sick as hell. awesome stuff.
    Y00p
    So, let me get this straight; They are actually only with 2 guys?
    Pretty_Much
    This is a very good album for thrash metal fans! but im not really into thrash metal, so...
    bucket bot
    Seriously? Avenger of Blood? Death Brigade? That's like the epidemy of cheezy hardcore names.
    Reesh
    it sounds like they recorded this album with a boombox in a metal trashcan in mono
    sleepwalker16
    AOB dedicate the song "Poserslaughter" to the total annihilation of "fake" metalheads
    I bow my head before AoB !
    Shazazmic
    Wow the lead singer sounds exactly like Randy Rampage. But I listened to the stuff on their myspace, and they are pretty awesome. I'll probably pick this album up later on.