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DEATH ANGEL interview with MARK OSEGUEDA on CAPITAL CHAOS 2008 @ The Boardwalk~Orangevale, CA 5/28/2008
Death Angel is a Filipino-American thrash metal band from Concord, California. Initially active from 1982 to 1991, the band reformed at the Thrash of the Titans benefit concert for Chuck Billy in 2001.
Death Angel was formed in San Francisco, California, in 1982 by cousins Rob Cavestany (lead guitar), Dennis Pepa (vocals, bass), Gus Pepa (rhythm guitar), and Andy Galeon (drums). After considering a number of different names for the band, including “Dark Fury,” Cavestany and D. Pepa settled on the name “Death Angel” after coming across a book by that title in a book store. In 1983, the band released their first demo, Heavy Metal Insanity, with Matt Wallace serving as producer. According to Mark Osegueda, the group was then “more like a metal band, more like Iron Maiden, Tygers Of Pan Tang and stuff like that,” as the so-called Bay Area thrash movement was only just beginning to rise to prominence at the time, and make its influence felt. Osegueda, a second cousin of the other four members who had been working as their roadie, became the group’s vocalist in 1984 and performed his first show with the band on a bill with Megadeth in April of that year (at one of the four Megadeth gigs to feature Kerry King on guitar).
Death Angel continued to play club gigs in and around the San Francisco Bay area for nearly 2 years, writing songs and refining their stage show. In 1986, the band recorded the Kill As One demo with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett (whom they had met at a record store signing in 1983) as producer. Due to the underground tape trading wave of the early 1980s, the demo was distributed extensively and brought the band to the attention of a still-wider audience; Osegueda later recalled that prior to the release of the band’s first album, “we were playing in L.A. and New York, and the crowd was singing our songs, because there was this underground tape trading….That’s what keeps it alive, and I think that’s absolutely wonderful.
The success of Kill As One led to a record deal with Enigma Records, who released Death Angel’s debut album, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The band recorded the album when all the band members were still under 20 years old, and the album sold 40,000 copies in just four months. A video was filmed for “Voracious Souls,” a song about a band of cannibals, but it never aired on MTV due to the nature of the lyrics. The group released the follow-up album Frolic Through The Park in 1988, which spawned the single “Bored” (which was also used in the 1990 movie Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III), the video for which did receive regular airplay on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. Frolic featured more diverse material than the straightforward thrash of the first album; the album included a cover of Kiss’s “Cold Gin,” and the relatively light, playful “Bored” was written under the seemingly unlikely influence of U2, and the guitar playing of The Edge in particular. The band toured worldwide for the first time and found notable success in Japan, selling out 2 full Japanese tours.

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  1. Ephiros12
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:29 | #1

    old interview of …
    old interview of the members of Death Angel —> youtube. com/watch?v=UMrNurBWab0

  2. joshmattg
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:29 | #2

    bay area thrash
    bay area thrash

  3. kliff215
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:29 | #3

    Why’s he being …
    Why’s he being interviewed by a prison inmate? ha! just kidding

  4. LGLG69
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #4

    Mark is a real down …
    Mark is a real down to earth guy.

  5. Michaelknowshisshit
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #5

    how do u pronounce …
    how do u pronounce it?

  6. xxladyhorrorxx
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #6

    He is just too cute …
    He is just too cute!!!!!!!! ^^ <3333 *loves*

  7. 001001sith
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #7

    you guys check out …
    you guys check out thier band without Mark Osegeuda (the lead singer) when they kicked him out called –The Organization

    underrated music composed brilliant.

  8. CWA12
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #8

    hahaha he …
    hahaha he pronounced Marduk funny.

  9. Anthrax1331
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #9

    Thrash metal
    Thrash metal

  10. xbLaCkgOrEx
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #10

    metal + nudity = ^, …
    metal + nudity = ^,,^ *nosebleed*

    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #11

    what kind of music …
    what kind of music metal does death angel play

  12. angelofdeth616
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #12

    Holy lol ive …
    Holy lol ive read Sonny Bargers book, its awesome.

  13. v12kid
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #13

    Mark is king, make …
    Mark is king, make no mistake DA was part of the tip of the spear that we call metal. Pay respect to the elders to understand where we cam from and understand where we are going…its def thicker than blood 😉

  14. Mike4metal
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #14

    i love mark …
    i love mark osegueda and death angel!

  15. kiralyficko
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #15

    congrats…I like …
    congrats…I like them 2 but I didnt know them for a long time. But since I heard a song of them I think it was 5 steps of freedom Im looking for all their songs

  16. Aboxatax
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:30 | #16

    Yeah, I’ve been a …
    Yeah, I’ve been a fan since ’87.

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