William Pezy : In line of their good tradition Spanish rockers Angelus Apatrida have soaked their new album in the good old ‘Bay Area Thrash’ oil to be able to remain on high speed and kick ass. This is possibly the reason I love to play this album over and over again. Although the big names like Testament and Exodus are (still, or again?) doing great in thrash metal it is nice to witness some fresh air.
And that is just what this band is. The complete their music with ingredients from German thrash and finish it with some NWOBHM. It brings us aggressive but melodic and energetic metal that nevertheless keeps reminding of the old Testament and Exodus. It might lack originality but it is definitely ultima thrash off a kind that is best served in with the volume set to high. Lyrically the band is quite critical and share their discontent off limiting free speech brought to us as it would save us from terrorism. Strange anti-terrorism laws indeed. Interesting is therefore their album title. The ‘Cabaret de la Guillotine’ was the restaurant where you could witness people being beheaded during the French revolution. Quite intelligent metal so to say and the way I like it. Another good part of this album are the vocal parts of Guillermo Izquierdo, he is not only a good thrash vocalist but is actually a good singer. This you might witness on a song like ‘Farewell’. However I prefer a song like ‘One Of us’, just solid high speed riffs. A great album!