Review Date: February 2021
Released: 2021, Independent
Nearly four years have passed since Belgium’s Waves Of Decay released their Cycloptic EP. Now the power-thrashers are back with their latest offering BURN YOUR ANGEL WINGS, released independently by the band. The cover art is very well done and fits the feel of the music.
“Accustomed to the Dark” has some very catchy riffs and is my favorite track of the album. Vocalist Stijn Kustermans sounds awesome and reminds me of the lower range of Stu Block’s work in Iced Earth. And speaking of Stijn – he also plays a saxophone solo on “AngeRED”. It’s a cool change of pace for a metal song and it totally works.
The production throughout sounds really good, and the songs have varying riff structures, tempo changes, and guitar leads – everything power/thrash metal needs – and no lame-o ballads. “The sleeper” starts out with a slower tempo and some double-bass drumming before taking off into thrash territory. The song tells a dark tale about a not-so-naturally-induced slumber.
The album closes out with a cover of Iron Maiden’s “The Evil That Men Do”. The band stays true to the original but add their own sound and style to it, and the result is one of the better covers I’ve heard in a while.
This is a very strong release, and I can add it to my list of favorite exports from Belgium along with La Chouffe. Highly recommended.
1. The Shape of Your Blood
2. Accustomed to the Dark
6. The Sleeper
7. The Evil That Men Do
Arun Rao – guitars & keys
Markus Vits – guitars
Stijn Kustermans – vocals (& sax on AngeRED)
Marco Felix – bass
Ben Gyles – drums