Angel Dust – Of Human Bondage

Angel Dust - Of Human Bondage

Initial reports about the latest CD from Angel Dust did not bode well for longtime fans of the band.  All indications pointed towards a much more modern sound for this release, which usually spells trouble for diehard fans.  Fortunately, while the album does has some of these influences (lead track “The Human Bondage” strikes you at first as a totally different band) but the classic sound of Angel Dust still comes through.  Structurally, the songs throughout this release are very complex and thought provoking.  These are the kind of chances I would like to have seen Queensryche taken with their post Operation: Mindcrime releases.

Dirk Thurisch still sounds as emotionally grim as ever.  The keyboards of Steven Banx paint the CD with an array of dark colors which makes for an even more sinister sound (especially evident on “Killer” and “Unreal Soul” which also contains some gutteral growls underneath).  New guitarist Ritchie Wilkison (touring guitarist for Demons & Wizards) contributes some truly wicked guitar licks throughout most notably on “Forever”.

Angel Dust took enough chances with “Of Human Bondage” to come up with refreshingly unique CD that is appealing with the first listen.  Longtime fans will be in for a pleasant surprise when they find out while Angel Dust have diversified their sound, the classic elements of the group remain in tact.