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DEATH ANGEL on CAPITAL CHAOS 2008 @ The Boardwalk~Orangevale, CA 5/28/2008 also on the bill were GOD FORBID, SOILENT GREEN & LIGHT THIS CITY Death Angel, formed in 1982, is a Filipino-American thrash metal band from Concord, California. Death Angel broke up in 1991, but reformed at the Thrash of the Titans benefit concert for Chuck Billy in 2001. http://www.myspace.com/deathangel
Death Angel was formed in San Francisco, California, in 1982 by Rob Cavestany (lead guitar), Dennis Pepa (Bass guitar, vox) and Gus Pepa (rhythm guitar), and Andy Galeon (drums), who are all cousins. 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 its 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 Ultra-Violence while its members were all still under 20 years old, and the album sold 40,000 copies in just one four-month period. 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”, 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.
Geffen Records bought out the band’s contract with Enigma Records in 1989 and released the third Death Angel album, Act III, in 1990. Produced by Max Norman (who had previously worked with Ozzy Osbourne and Megadeth), the album showcased the band’s newfound use of full-band backing vocals, while fusing elements of funk, thrash, and heavy metal with the use of acoustic guitars to give the album a varied feel, while staying true to the group’s heavy roots. The album featured the singles “Seemingly Endless Time” and “A Room with a View” (a ballad sung mostly by guitarist Rob Cavestany), and both songs also received airplay on Headbanger’s Ball, but a mainstream breakthrough still proved elusive. (The band released the “A Room with a View” video and single under the name “D.A.,” and Cavestany explained to a reporter at the time that he now found the band’s original name “restricting. The name Death Angel seems to imply hardcore thrash gloom-and-doom death metal, and we’re not like that at all. If I were presented with 10 records, and one of them was by a band called Death Angel, and I’d never heard of them, I’d stick that one on the bottom!”)

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  1. pinoypangit
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:33 | #1

    @SuckMyDonkey …
    @SuckMyDonkey yeah they should.

  2. tattseeker
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:33 | #2

    maddest riffs
    maddest riffs

  3. audiophile85
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:33 | #3

    i’ve seen them live …
    i’ve seen them live a couple of times and it was like being trampled to death by bulls from hell. METAL!

  4. tanador4444
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:33 | #4

    i just saw them at …
    i just saw them at the hellfest festival in france …

    amazing, they rock

  5. pinoypangit
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:33 | #5

    They were in …
    They were in Bakersfield? How the did I miss that? I’m dying to see this band live.

  6. SFdrummerboy
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:33 | #6

    The Slim’s footage …
    The Slim’s footage was good
    but the sound could have been

  7. SuckMyDonkey
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:33 | #7

    you shoulda got …
    you shoulda got there performance from bakersfield

    2 days before this

  8. DemonicScreams666
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:33 | #8

    Hell Yeah Death …
    Yeah Death Angel rule! THRASHERS!\m/

  9. japsverb
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:33 | #9

    fucking shit!!!!
    \ …


  10. ChucksterOLove
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:34 | #10

    You may have gotten …
    You may have gotten the first comment, but I got the first rating, so HAAAAAA!!!! 😉

  11. bottleofrandom
    July 27th, 2011 at 07:34 | #11

    first comment!

    SUK …
    first comment!

    SUK IT! :p

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