2015s’ release Hidden Evolution was produced by Daniel Cardoso with artwork handled by Gyula Havancsak. The album is a thrash metal evolution as the band progresses into a more technical streamlined sound at a sonic-pace, their music is what you would hope Megadeth could be putting out in this day and age. Raw and relentless rage at breakneck speed is how the album opens with the tune “Immortal” blasting out your speakers with fast shredding,
thrashing kick-ass drums and supersonic leads. “First World Of Terror” sets off at a cool marching pace settling into a fat thrash groove with great breakdowns and very catchy chorus. A whirlwind of metal that will have the mosh pits stomping!
“Architects” has a progressive technical stop n go- bouncing feel to it with the thick guitars chugging in time to the pounding rhythm section. The vocals have a great dynamic range (as on all of the songs on this disc) and the leads are always killer, never any filler- tunes on this album. The fourth track on “Hidden Evolution” is a statement of our times “Tug Of War”, that has a deep tone to it and incorporates different time changes which at times are fierce, giving way to reflective moments accompanied by very catchy chorus lines.
Slithering up next is “Serpents On Parade”, ripping through your speakers with an anthem like fist pumping appeal that would even impress Kerry King. The tune is short yet sonic and to the point, a true thrash metal work. “Wanderers Forever” slows the tempo down a bit, with tasty guitar hooks shaping the song with a touch of Arabic nomadic swagger that works very well.
Track seven spins into place with ”End Man” heralding an old-school thrash metal sound yet a new and unique approach with bombastic drum blasts and sonic guitar solos. “Speed Of Light” has spewing raw vocals over a strong-fast backbeat and great duel guitar solos that sweep the listener along an open heavy metal Highway, with no speed limits. Will make a great live song, with the crowds chanting along with the chorus.
“I Owe You Nothing” opens with a deep thundering bass rhythm section that carries throughout the song with the vocals covering a dynamic wide range that bring the song through the many highs and lows. Raw yet melodic with a lot characteristics that are very pleasing to the ear. One of my favorite songs on ”Hidden Evolution”. Rounding out the album is the title track which is an epic piece that has a very familiar feel to it, it’s hard to put my finger on it but
it has elements from all bands that have influenced Angelus Apatridas’ thrash metal journey.The tune is not your standard straightforward thrasher-piece. It is a very well written number that ascends through peaks and valleys and full of great guitar riffs. A very nice way to end out the album demonstrating that Angelus Apatrida is a band to be contended with and are truly the real deal with fresh ideas, great songwriting and superb talent keeping thrash metal alive and well for years to come.
An absolute front runner in the field of thrash metal this 2015 releases is a great addition to an already fine discography and is going to expand the bands horizons, bringing their music to many international shores.
I’d rate this album five out of five stars!
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