‘Top 50 Albums Of 2013’ Countdown – #2: Death Angel – The Dream Calls For Blood

By Andrew Bansal

San Francisco thrash veterans Death Angel go as far back as 1982 for the start of their career, when they boys in their early teens, and after nearly a decade filled with impressive album releases and fantastic live performances, they suffered a setback and broke up in 1991. But upon their resurrection in 2001, they resumed their thrashtivities full on and have been going at it full tilt. In their recent years, they put out excellent albums like ‘Killing Season’ and ‘Relentless Retribution’, and in 2013 they released their seventh studio album ‘The Dream Calls For Blood’ via Nuclear Blast Records. The next logical step from Relentless Retribution, this new album follows a similar pattern but is a fierier, faster set of tunes that hits the listener extremely hard with unbridled, unstoppable force. Guitarist and principal songwriter Rob Cavestany proves himself as the ultimate thrash song factory as he churns out ten crushing compositions which are brought to life by a high-quality in-studio performance by the band, led by vocalist Mark Osegueda. For the first time in a long time, Death Angel have stuck to the exact same band lineup from one album to the next, and the cohesiveness of this particular quintet shows in the consistency of the sound on ‘The Dream Calls For Blood’, the sound of a well-oiled thrash juggernaut. Producer Jason Suecof matches his successful endeavor on Relentless Retribution by once again capturing the essence of the Death Angel vibe, raw yet polished and bristling with energy at all times. With albums of the recent past, Death Angel seemed to be building up the momentum, but with ‘The Dream Calls For Blood’, they’ve delivered the knockout punch. A thrashterpiece in every sense.

Track Listing:
1. Left for Dead
2. Son of the Morning
3. Fallen
4. The Dream Calls for Blood
5. Succubus
6. Execution / Don’t Save Me
7. Caster of Shame
8. Detonate
9. Empty
10.Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust

Duration: 47.4 minutes

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The countdown so far …
#50. Nails – Abandon All Life
#49. American Sharks – Self-Titled
#48. Hatebreed – The Divinity Of Purpose
#47. Helen Money – Arriving Angels
#46. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control
#45. Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen
#44. Church Of Misery – Thy Kingdom Scum
#43. Wolvserpent – Perigaea Antahkarana
#42. Djinn And Miskatonic – Forever In The Realm
#41. Czar – No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive 
#40. Against The Grain – Surrounded By Snakes
#39. Nekrofilth – Devil’s Breath
#38. Kylesa – Ultraviolet
#37. The Devil’s Blood – III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars
#36. Kadavar – Abra Kadavar
#35. Purson – The Circle And The Blue Door
#34. Carousel – Jeweler’s Daughter
#33. Kvelertak – Meir
#32. SpiralArms – Freedom
#31. Satan – Life Sentence
#30. Exhumed – Necrocracy
#29. Havok – Unnatural Selection
#28. Mothership – Self-Titled
#27. UDO – Steelhammer
#26. Ramming Speed – Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die
#25. Revocation – Self-Titled 
#24. Gorguts – Colored Sands
#23. Kobra And The Lotus – Self-Titled 
#22. Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry Of Consciousness
#21. Saxon – Sacrifice 
#20. Noctum – Final Sacrifice
#19. Intronaut – Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
#18. Scale The Summit – The Migration
#17. Warbringer – IV: Empires Collapse
#16. Scorpion Child – Self-Titled
#15. Motörhead – Aftershock
#14. Holy Grail – Ride The Void
#13. Red Fang – Whales And Leeches
#12. Soilwork – The Living Infinite
#11. ASG – Blood Drive
#10. The Ocean – Pelagial
#9:  Anciients – Heart Of Oak
#8.  Cauldron – Tomorrow’s Lost
#7.  Enforcer – Death By Fire
#6.  Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
#5.  Valient Thorr – Our Own Masters
#4.  White Wizzard – The Devils Cut
#3.  Clutch – Earth Rocker
#2.  Death Angel – The Dream Calls For Blood 

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