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Album Review: Suicidal Angels – Profane Prayer

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Review by Rick Eaglestone for MPM

Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels inject some new blood into the genre with their eighth album Profane Prayer

Opening track When The Lions Die is one wonderful blend of foreboding tones with prominent bass lines galore, its face paced and a great start to the album, this is then followed by the relentless delivery of Crypts of Madness, vocals this razor sharp as too are the solos.

Highlight track Purified by Fire is quintessentially thrash, leaning into many influences of the past. There is also familiarity of Slayers Behind The Crooked Cross which is crafted nicely alongside easily the best guitar work of the album hands down.

The album takes a directional shift with nicely placed acoustics on Deathstalker, it inevitably has its heavier parts, but these complete the slower soundscapes really well and moves into title track Profane Prayer which has more of a spoken word approach adding yet another dynamic.

Moving into the second half we are greeted by The Return of the Reaper which has some splendid rolling drum patterns which dictates the tone and structure, where it’s followed by those same patterns of the predecessor on Guard of the Insane but is also complimented by subtle bass tones and yet again captivating riffs and solos.

Penultimate offering Virtues of Destruction is certain to be a future circle pit favourite which leaves the near ten minute The Fire Paths of Fate which turns the album on its head, the elements and soundscapes incorporated really give Suicidal Angels the time to showcase their musicianship and vision for their homecoming to the Nuclear Blast Family.

“Profane Prayer” Track listing.

  1. When the Lions Die
  2. Crypts of Madness
  3. Purified by Fire
  4. Deathstalker
  5. Profane Prayer
  6. The Return of the Reaper
  7. Guard of the Insane
  8. Virtues of Destruction
  9. The Fire Paths of Fate

Nick Melissourgos – Vocals, rhythm guitars
Gus Drax – Guitars (lead)
Angelos Lelikakis – Bass
Orfeas Tzortzopoulos | Drums






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