Suicidal Angels ~ Sanctify The Darkness (Nuclear Blast/Sonic Unyon)
Released: November 20, 2009
Sanctify The Darkness, from the Greek, meaning– old school, rip your face off thrash metal.
Athens, Greece claims home to one of thrash metal’s lesser known finds, Suicidal Angels. Formed in 2001, the band has been cultivating their line-up and their classic style over the course of multiple EPs and 2007’s debut full length album on OSM, Eternal Domination.
November 2009 saw the band release their second full length album, Sanctify The Darkness, which marks their first with U.S. distribution and first on Nuclear Blast Records.
Suicidal Angels has built a steady stream of hardcore followers in Greece and across Europe, but with the landing of Sanctify, American fans can now get a serious taste of their gut-punch sound. The quartet, comprised of Nick (vocals/guitar), Panos (guitar), Angel (bass) and Orfeas (drums) have recorded some of their most caustic and enduring material to date with Sanctify The Darkness.
From the album’s opening track, “Bloodthirsty,” the band throws the gauntlet down, with an eerie opening riff reminiscent of early Black Sabbath, before the machine gun staccato drum bursts and vintage thrash guitars take over.
Nick keeps his vocals appropriately heavy and intimidating throughout the album without losing the clarity of enunciation as too many bands do these days. Tracks like “The Pestilence Of Saints,” “Child Molester” and “Inquisition” remind one of legendary thrash gods like Slayer, Kreator, early Celtic Frost, or even to Exodus in places. Those are impressive roots to grow from.
Sanctify The Darkness harks back to an era where the riff was what mattered most, and to that end, “Apokathilosis” kicks off with a wicked almost epic guitar groove. Likewise, “Mourning Of The Cursed” will bring out the air guitarist in even the quietest, or laziest, headbanger.
One thing that sets Suicidal Angels apart from so many of the newer thrash agents who are stylizing their sound around the old school beginnings of the genre is just how genuine the band is about what they are doing. There is no tired mimicry but rather straight from the hip authentic crushing thrash the way it was meant to be played; raw, ambitious, and faithful to its roots.
If you are a fan of the traditional thrash metal era brought into the new millennium with a modern edge, you should reward your ears with a dose of Suicidal Angels, and Sanctify The Darkness. It’s 11 bruising jolts of archetypal thrash metal.