The Black Angels - Death Song
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #296 / 669
User Score
Based on 36 ratings
2017 Ratings: #335
April 21, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Partisan / Label
Your Review



In some ways, Death Song is a return to basics ... In other ways, it’s their most truly progressive work yet, characterized by bold, complex, even labyrinthine compositions. It’s inspired by ‘60s psychedelia but without glancing backward too much.

American Songwriter

The Black Angels can immediately suggest hints of many other artists, but on Death Song, their greatest strength is harnessing the aesthetic they’ve worked for more than a decade to refine, and it’s as rich and powerful as they’ve ever sounded.

The Skinny

All told, Death Song might be their finest hour.


Whether they address political issues, genocides (both historic and contemporary) or anxieties caused by alienation or inability to cope with the overwhelming pace of the 21st century, the band smoothly blends the beautiful with the ugly.

A.V. Club

Recorded in the thick of the most vulgar election season in American history, the Angels funnel all the Trump-era savageness they can stomach into what might be the heaviest record of their career.


If you're in the market for an album that will summon the dark atmospheres, Death Song certainly delivers the goods, and it demonstrates that the Black Angels slowly but surely improve each time they go into the studio.


Hardcore fans will surely be pleased with Death Song, as it does offer some worthy additions to the band’s sonic résumé. Yet, for more casual listeners, the record could lack overall impact and staying power.

God Is in the TV

As with many albums within this genre there is so often an absence of light and shade; half a dozen tracks down the line and I’m having to concentrate which is by no means a criticism but The Black Angels are clearly more of a proposition lyrically than musically.

Jul 25, 2017
Currency - 10/10
I'd Kill for Her - 7/10
Half Believing - 9/10
Comanche Moon - 8/10
Hunt Me Down - 8/10
Grab as Much - 7/10
Estimate - 8/10
I Dreamt - 7/10
Medicine - 6/10
Death March - 6/10
Life Song - 8/10

Overall Rating: 84 out of 110 = 76%
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Added on: February 7, 2017