The latest self-titled album from Angelus Apatrida is a masterpiece of modern thrash. Bristling with savagery, every song is a superb sonic onslaught.
It is not clear how Angelus Apatrida could fly under the radar for so long as they are a brilliant metal band. Based in Albacete, Spain, the band celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2020. This new self-titled album is Angelus Apatrida’s 7th album. The band is David G. Álvarez (lead and rhythm guitars), José J. Izquierdo (bass guitar), Víctor Valera (drums), and Guillermo Izquierdo (vocals and lead/rhythm guitars).
Angelus Apatrida has done an outstanding job writing and recording this album. Their compositions are packed with speed and ferocity. The execution of each song is flawless and adds to the overall aggression of the music. The Christopher “Zeuss” Harris magic mix allows you to get a clear distinction of each track and lets the band’s performance growl with thrashtastic power.
Each song on Angelus Apatrida’s self-titled album is a thrash metal masterpiece. However, there are a few that stand out. The rampaging opener called “Indoctrinate” is one such example. This anthem is an unapologetic middle finger to hate and intolerance. The riffs are designed to incite a violent and chaotic pit. Guillermo’s raspy vocals are fully charged and seething with deadly intent.
Another shining example of modern thrash is “The Age of Disinformation.” The single-note melodies, crunchy octave riffs, and bone-jarring rhythm provide that technical bite that most of us enjoy in metal music. David Alvarez and Guillermo Izqueirdo lay down some incendiary guitar solos which accentuate the snarling nature of this tune. The song’s theme fits perfectly in these times and Guillermo’s vocals capture the rage and disillusion.
One of the finest songs on the album is “We Stand Alone.” This song is catchy as hell and a rocket ride. A shout out to Victor Valera and José J. Izquierdo on this track. The drums and bass give it a hammering might. Throughout the album, their performances are masterful and this tune is a shining example. The guitar solo maintains the melodic appeal and is absolute fire.
It is astounding that Angelus Apatrida is not a household name like thrash icons Testament and Kreator or mentioned in the same breath as modern powerhouses Power Trip and Enforced. Their self-titled album should be considered essential listening for anyone that loves massive metal riffs played with furious intent. Crank the new Angelus Apatrida album and let it sear your soul.
Angelus Apatrida is set for release on February 5 and can be pre-ordered here.