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On disc: Days Of Anger

Death Path - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

Death Path

Death Path
(Massacre Records - 2011)

Days Of Anger is a Swedish trio which just started in early 2010, but all members were part of Scaar - and guitarist Alf Johansson is still a member of Scaar.
They storm off with Damaged, a fast modern thrash metal attack spiced up with a dash hardcore. At All Pigs Must Die Jonsson combines shouts with deep vocals and growls. This one isn't as fast as the opener. At One Way Ticket Down (To Hell) they add a melodic mid-paced passage, with the tempi changes and different elements they give the album variety. In this case it's a catchy refrain based on heavy metal. At Symptoms guitarist Alf Johansson shows off his skills, but after the melodic guitar intro they storm off into a hardcore-based thrasher. A heavy groove is the basis for Stone Cold Killer, here the Swedish crossing the boarder to sludge metal. For Hands Of Evil they slow down again, vocally Alex Jonsson shows his melodic side during the opening part, coz then the band picks up speed and adds heaviness - swinging back and forth. Spit On Your Grave is based on a massive groove, but again they vary and the refrain invites you to sing / shout along. After the fast thrasher Buried Alive they slow down for Life Form - but soon they storm off again.
Days Of Anger's sound is based in thrash metal - with a dash of hardcore -, but they add other sound elements and so they aren't just interesting for thrash metal fans. Only purists might find their mix interesting. It will be interesting to see which way they choose on future releases. Meanwhile a strong debut.

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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