Death Angel – “Frolic Through The Park” (1988)

Death AngelThe second Death Angel was not the same rabid thrash attack as their 1987 debut The Ultra-Violence.  Rather than return to the mosh madness of their first record, the young Bay Area band (all of whom were related) chose a more measured approach.  While The Ultra-Violence has its place, I personally prefer the more consistent and far-reaching Frolic Through The Park.  Improvements come on multiple fronts with this album.  This includes (slightly) better production, more melody, and catchier songs.  While The Ultra-Violence started off strong on side one but slipped on side two, Frolic Through The Park picks up steam on its second half.  This includes one of best Death Angel songs in Open Up as well as the potent Shores Of Sin.  There’s even a pretty cool cover of the KISS classic Cold Gin.  Another fave is the slower, grinding Confused.  My score: B

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