Year : 1988 (Modern Invasion Music Reissue 2017)
Style : Thrash Metal
Country : Australia
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 118 mb
The band started out in 1987 as a solo project of the band leader Peter Hobbs. The band played thrash metal in the Slayer vein but Hobbs himself referred to their style as "virgin metal" as he saw it as an untainted and pure form of metal.Their self-titled debut album was released in 1988 through Steamhammer Records. The band dissolved soon after the release, but seven years later the band reformed to release their second album called Inheritance, which was basically only distributed in Australia.A long period of silence followed until the band reformed once again in 2002. In July 2003, they signed a four album deal with the native label Modern Invasion Music.Before 1985 Peter fronted a band called Tyrus. In 1986, they released one demo and a promo live single tape.
By ’87-‘88, the mushroom cloud of thrash in the States, Europe, and Japan was in full billow, pluming hundreds of miles into the air and finally viewable by our largest island, Australia. Considering Armoured Angel, Slaughter Lord, Nothing Sacred and even Black Alice were pointing to this huge darkened mass across the ocean, the natural advancement of tape trading and record shops, and since Hobbs was already a demo veteran with his former band Tyrus, it’s not possible Hobbs Angel of Death and Mortal Sin were oblivious to the thrash movement previous to their debuts and demos, but for some reason it just got off the ground a little slower there.When I had first heard of the band, the chance that Hobbs was a band member didn’t really enter my mind. I was thinking more along the lines of the British philosopher Thomas Hobbs and his stark vision of human nature, a well-known quote of his being "Life in an unregulated state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short". The quote conveyed the undeniable image of metal styles blooming at that time, and I thought maybe the band was onto something a bit more thought provoking and clever than the average Joe. Then I read something about this Peter Hobbs fellow and a few of the song titles and most of it went down with the ship. Anyhow, the proof is in the pudding, and I finally picked up the damned thing.Okay, so the Hobbs theory didn’t work out, and if the band were merely called Angel of Death, I’d have no preconceived notion, so with an optimistic ear I spun the wax to find that it’s really not a bad album. It’s not your atom bomb of thrash lps, but it’s also not the firecracker you’d let your ten year old nephew throw across the lawn. There is intensity here, a persistence that crowds some tracks with a harmful edge like “House of Death”, a song that isn’t going to dazzle the listener with fretboard gymnastics or bewitching structural changes in the vein of later thrash acts like Vio-lence or Forbidden, but there are some admirable rhythm shifts and menacing mid-riffs to be discovered here. Unlike the two aforementioned groups, HAOD rely on harsh, temper-induced vocals courtesy of Peter Hobbs where high notes dwell in frightened non-existence. “Satan’s Crusade” and “Lucifer’s Domain” depend on sheets of speed and aggression to get the now-tired Satanic message across, and almost obligatory are the decelerated sections that ornament their centers.The passion continues in “Jack the Ripper” where some finer songwriting finds a home and carries over to the slower, more bludgeoning gait of “Crucifixion”, a commanding track that doesn’t give in to average speed practices or single string riffage. Velocity mingles with a similar strength found in the previous tune to form “Brotherhood”, another above ordinary bully that hightails it at the finish. “Journey” flails with an abundance of tempos with many speed factors prevailing, and while the song comes to a close a bit prematurely (as if someone accidentally hit the volume knob with their elbow reaching for a sandwich or something), but still ends the lp better than it began (the cd offers extra tracks “Cold Steel” and “Bubonic Plague”).Is “Marie Antoniette” really that crummy? Nine times out of ten a track that’s twice as long as its siblings is going to be their a) sensitive song, or b) look how well we can play when we want to song. For HAOD it’s both. Slow, sometimes breaking, easy to handle riffs, displaced fits of common speed, and passionate soloing inside a soft patch of skillful, near-acoustic guitar dignifies the tale of this Queen of France, orchestrated toward the end for a semi-lavish finish. A middle of the road canzonet, yes, but at least they tried and I won’t hold it against them.I’ll at least give this a low B grade, second tier without bumbling into the ditch of mediocrity.
Peter Hobbs Guitars, Vocals (1987-1996, 2002-present) - See also: ex-Tyrus
Darren McMaster-Smith Drums
Mark Woolley Guitars
Phil Gresik Bass
01. House Of Death
02. Satan's Crusade
03. Lucifer's Domain
04. Marie Antoinette
05. Jack The Ripper
08. The Journey
09. Bubonic Plague
10. Cold Steel
+ Video "Crucifixion" (Live Video)
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