Raise your hand if you’re old enough to remember the raw energy that permeated the first few Thrash Metal albums you bought in the early to mid-1980’s. I’m talking about the stuff from the tape-trading days, with bands’ demos changing hands from New York to California and everywhere in between. Good times, right? Well, that is exactly the vibe I get from ARCHANGEL A.D. and their self-released second album Warband. If I close my eyes I can imagine being in one of my buddies’ cars, drinking beer underage as these tunes poured from their tape deck. Yis, I said “tape deck,” fucker! Great times, man.
Between the guitar sound and the vocals there’s an early TESTAMENT feeling from these guys at times, which is a great thing, believe me. Even though these kids weren’t around in the Thrash Metal heyday, it’s obvious they’ve been raised on a steady diet of killer metal, because this stuff sounds like it would be just as at home back then as it does now. Title track “Warband” is a perfect example of this, and features a fiery guitar solo that I admittedly was surprised they had in them. I was also impressed with instrumental “Enter the Temple.” There’s a cool stutter step thing going on while it also gets down to the business of thrashing your fucking face off.
Opener “Unto the Evil” just comes at you with fists flying like in a goddamn street fight, while closer “Metal Horde” buries the needle in an all-out speedfest, not that I’m complaining one bit. And again, we get some nice, fluid guitar soloing, sometimes dual harmonized. All in all it is safe to say that ARCHANGEL A.D. is the real deal. And they make a fine addition to the new generation of Thrash Metal bands. If someone handed me a copy of Warband back in 1987 it wouldn’t have left my deck for weeks! These guys should do big things as long as they keep honing their craft and go out and play live to anyone and everyone. Pick up the album HERE!
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Unto the Evil”, “Metal Horde”, “Warband”