The Dream Calls for Blood

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The Dream Calls for Blood
Death Angel - The Dream Calls for Blood cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)
RecordedAudiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, April–May ,2013
GenreThrash metal
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerJason Suecof
Death Angel chronology
Relentless Retribution
The Dream Calls for Blood
The Evil Divide

The Dream Calls for Blood is the seventh studio album from American thrash metal band Death Angel.[1] The album was released on October 11, 2013, via Nuclear Blast.[1] It sold 5,400 copies in the U.S and reached number 72 on the Billboard 200, marking the first time in Death Angel's history that they cracked the Top 100 on the American charts.[2]


Guitarist Rob Cavestany described the album's title as "basically our motto"[2] and further explained that:

In our point of view the dream being our band and keeping the band going and making music for your life. The blood is all the sacrifice and all hard work that goes into it and that's the metaphor for that. It's not only meant for music. It's also meant for other people to relate in their own life and goals that they're trying to achieve and the sacrifices that it takes to achieve these goals. And along with that, there's also a tinge of aggression in there about other people that cut corners and don't quite go through all the steps it takes to achieve the goal the right way. So there's a little bit of a middle finger to those people that go about it that way and don't fully respect what it takes.[2]

The album features a guest guitar solo by the album's producer, Jason Suecof.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com4/5 stars[4]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Metal Forces8.5/10[7]
All About The Rock10/10[8]

The Dream Calls for Blood has been well received by critics. Writing for, Neil Pretorius praised the album as "another triumph for a band that clearly still has a lot of gas left in the tank" and for "throw[ing] down the gauntlet to the thrash scene at large".[4] Allmusic's Fred Thomas also praised the band for remaining a "powerhouse of tight and shiny thrash metal" this late in its career, observing that Death Angel "still sound visceral and hungry decades into their work, a rare case of a band getting sharper as it goes instead of mellowing".[5] While Greg Pratt suggested in Exclaim! that the album's length was too long, he applauded the album's "super-tight rhythm section, killer guitar work and excellent vocals".[6] Metal Forces' Neil Arnold noted that the album is a more "straight-laced" thrash album in contrast with the band's more experimental fare, which he claimed stands as "simple proof that Death Angel rules the thrash scene".[7] Rich Dodgin from All About The Rock claimed the album is "An essential purchase for fans of thrash metal."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All music by Rob Cavestany, all lyrics by Mark Osegueda, except "Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust" music and lyrics by Rob Cavestany.[3]

1."Left for Dead"5:31
2."Son of the Morning"4:02
4."The Dream Calls for Blood"4:11
6."Execution / Don’t Save Me"4:39
7."Caster of Shame"3:37
10."Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust"6:37
Total length:47:25
Bonus track
11."Heaven and Hell" (Black Sabbath cover)6:47
Total length:54:12


Death Angel[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

Production and art[edit]

  • Jason Suecof – production
  • Jason Suecof and Rob Cavestany - engineering
  • Ronn Miller - assistant engineering
  • Eyal Levi and Rob Cavestany - additional engineering
  • Ted Jensen - mastering
  • Brent Elliot White – cover art
  • Rob Kimura - CD layout design
  • Nick Koljian - band photography

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Europe October 11, 2013 Nuclear Blast CD, digital
UK October 14, 2013
North America October 15, 2013