Released: 2009, Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Things have really started happening for these Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels. The band´s excellent debut opus was released by US-based Old School Metal Records back in 2007 - and since then it´s all been pretty much uphill for this somewhat under-appreciated thrash unit.
And speaking of just one example of the band´s uphill experiences, they were snapped up by none other metal label but German Nuclear Blast Records after the band won the ´Rock The Nation´ award in March 2009, being picked from over 1200 band submissions. Quite an achievement all in all, I must admit.
Suicidal Angels´ 2nd album bears the name SANCTIFY THE DARKNESS, and with its 11 new songs on it, the band basically continues thrashing violently and aggressively at the top of their abilities the best they can. The band still continues devotedly in their chosen path that also bands like Slayer, Kreator, Destruction and so many others, have been using back in their early days. This album is all about thrashing all around and headbanging in the good old 80´s style; fast, heavy, straightforward and aggressive thrash metal played only the way it was meant to played in the heyday of thrash metal, more than 20 years ago. Suicidal Angels sound like they have done this same thing for years already, just kind of never wanting to move out from their thrash box – and simply sticking to it for the rest of their life.
One of the very first things that people will surely pay some attention on this album, is the band´s dynamic guitar duo Nick and Panos whose sharp riffs are truly spot-on, loaded with so much aggression. Their ear-catching, ripping riffs and quick solo outbursts overall seem to dominate most part of the album that I find a very pleasing thing on SANCTIFY THE DARKNESS. The second thing is that even after a half dozen of rounds with this very album, none of the songs seems to stuck in your mind, which is kinda unfortunate. Probably the only song that potentially gets stuck in one´s mind, is the last song on the album, titled “Child Molester” – and that´s only because of the song title, and a bitter lyrical approach in it.
SANCTIFY THE DARKNESS is a very good thrash metal record if you only want to enjoy your daily dose of thrash aggressive, fast and brutal – and done with this certain 80´s spirit and feel. But I guess one also needs to realize that this album is not any kind of sequel to PLEASURE TO KILL, REIGN IN BLOOD, ETERNAL DEVASTATION or any of other classic thrash metal albums from the golden 80´s period of thrash. If you even mistakenly think that way, then you may be somewhat drastically disappointed.