Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, it’s Dark Angel’s Time Does not Heal.
This is the most recent Dark Angel release at time of writing. My first note is that Gene Hoglan is a beast at anything he does. So the drumming is ten out of ten here. The riffs are also really creative. On top of it all, the songs are all VERY long when it comes to thrash tracks, and the writing is more complex than a lot of what I hear when it comes to thrash. I started the album disliking the vocals, but they grew on me before the album was finished. I enjoy them a lot now. The album also has a doomy atmosphere to it. “Psychosexuality” has an awesome, spooky intro. I love that track. “Trauma and Catharsis” is also PACKED with really good riffs. “A Subtle Induction” is a more traditional, insanely heavy thrash track. It’s not one of my favorites, but I think people who like less progressive thrash will really like that one.
The choruses on the album are a bit lacking for my taste. A minor complaint is that sometimes I feel the album throws riffs in just for the sake of going to another riff. It’s hard to explain, but a lot of times I didn’t feel another, only slightly variant riff, was needed. I particularly didn’t care for the track “The New Priesthood” personally.
Favorite Tracks: “Psychosexuality,” “Trauma and Catharsis,” “Sensory Deprivation,” “Act of Contrition.”
This was a really good album. It’s a great thrash album that lets it all hang out a bit more than most. It’s got everything that makes thrash really good, but adds some longer songs, a bit more complexity, and a doomy atmosphere to it. I’d totally recommend picking this one up! If this is going to be the last Dark Angel album, they went out with a good one.