“Bloodbath” is not only the first time I have listened to Suicidal Angels but the first time I had ever heard of them. As I have stated many times before, any thrash metal band is worth at least one listen, even if they suck. SA is far from that. I also don’t know that many bands from Greece, so hearing their take on thrash was interesting.
SA isn’t that far from being Overkill, Death Angel, or Kreator; their sound is very similar and quite frankly sounds like a modern combination of the three. Vocalist Nick Melissourgos is a typical thrash metal vocalist. He has harsh vocals and uses some cleaner elements at times. A good comparison would be Mille from Kreator.
The music itself isn’t all that inspiring or creative. It’s thrash metal doing what thrash metal does best, be fast, loud, and powerful. Shredding solo’s and double bass aplenty with blazing fast guitar riffs behind it. Sometimes the band gets a groove going like in “Bleeding Skies” but for the most part they keep it fast. You shouldn’t have to get past the first song, “Bloodbath” to know whether or not you like them. It really is the sound of the album. We see a guest appearance by Karl Willets of Bolt Thrower in the song “Legacy of Pain.” One of the high notes of the album for me, it adds a nice bit of diversity to the monotony of the thrash metal. It’s placed near the middle of the album so by the time it hits you are ready for a pallet cleanser and then the rest of the album.
Good, solid thrash albums from one of the leaders of the Greek thrash movement and one that any fan around the world should be able to get into.