FALLEN ANGELS are a five piece Thrash Metal band from Seattle, Washington
presenting us here with their third studio effort “WORLD IN DECAY” released on CD
and digitally. Being a fan of Thrash Metal for a little over three decades now, I’ve heard
many, many variations on the same theme.  Bay Area Thrash, Teutonic Thrash, “modern”
Thrash, Black / Thrash, Death / Thrash and so on and so forth.
definitely fall into the Bay Area Thrash Metal mold, but not merely for the
TESTAMENT and METALLICA shirts presented in their press photo.  I see a LOT of
HEATHEN influence here, especially in the solos, with FALLEN ANGELS also taking
the dual guitar player role, much as
HEATHEN, with blistering leads, reminiscent of the
Lee Altus/ Doug Piercy team. I’ve read and seen interviews with Piercy and Altus,
actually dismissing the “Thrash” label and saying the band owe more to
METALLICA. So much of the New Wave of San Francisco Heavy Metal in the early
1980s was that melange of British Metal with this new “CRUNCH, CRUNCH sound” (as
I’ve seen it called by Paul Baloff). Its nice to see a band today who really seems to pick up
on that. Vocally though, the band go for a more street level Thrash influence than David
Godfrey of
HEATHEN. Brad Kennaugh seems to fall somewhere between a young Chuck
Billy and “FOUR OF A KIND” era
D.R.I. Making an excellent mix and giving the music
an especially aggressive edge, balancing out the intricacy of what’s going on here
instrumentally. Since I began liking this form of music, there has been, at least, three
different “Thrash Metal revivals” that I can think of.  I think it’s a great credit to the guys
FALLEN ANGELS that after all of these years, a young band can still see back through
the haze of history to the original NWOSFHM sound and do it with class.  Needless to
say, anybody that wishes they could be reincarnated as a Metalhead living in mid 1980s
San Francisco would be well advised to pick up “WORLD IN DECAY“.

                                                                                          - (Reviewed by Keith Dempe)