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Dez Fafara of DevilDriver

Review by Jeff Maki
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DevilDriver, the headliner of the Bound by the Road Tour, now has seven studio albums under its belt. Yes, seven. The band has been around that long, and I’m getting that old. But the band in direct support on the tour has been around way longer—Death Angel. Thirty-five years to be exact.

Death Angel has been an absolute machine in recent years, churning out its style of Bay Area thrash metal with albums Killing Season (2008), Relentless Retribution (2010), The Dream Calls for Blood (2013) and last year’s The Evil Divide, which earned an honorable mention on my “best of the year” list. I also interviewed frontman Mark Osegueda in 2010 (read here) and again in 2016 (read here). Both times, his excitement and enthusiasm was unlike anyone I’ve interviewed. It turns out he carries this enthusiasm over to the stage (more…)

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Death Angel

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, Death Angel, will release their eighth studio album, The Evil Divide, worldwide on May 27, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. In our recent interview with vocalist Mark Osegueda (read interview here), he described the album as “the wicked mother of its previous albums, Relentless Retribution and The Dream Calls for Blood.” Today, the band has released a music video for the track “Lost,” which can be viewed inside. The clip was directed and edited by Tommy Jones for Videohammer Studios.

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Death Angel

Spawning from the Bay area thrash metal scene in the early 1980s, Death Angel’s marriage of aggression and melody was unique. The band gained a loyal following playing in the same clubs and stomping grounds as Metallica, Megadeth, Death, Slayer and Exodus. It was the newer, edgier underground band of the time. I know because I was a big fan. I remember trading my friend a bunch of cassettes for a copy of the band’s classic 1988 release, Frolic through the Park, and listening to its 1990 album, Act III, repeatedly in my bedroom on my boombox. It followed at a close second only behind Megadeth’s Rust in Peace. Yes, I’m old, but enough about me.

The band was experiencing its first real commercial success with Act III but broke up after the album’s tour. All but gone and forgotten, it eventually made a surprising return in 2004 with a new album, The Art of Dying, and a revamped lineup. In the years since, the band has remained active to the delight of thrash metal fans worldwide, touring and releasing album after album, each one stronger than the last. It’s next album, The Evil Divide, will be released May 27, 2016, on Nuclear Blast and is its third in five years, not including 2016 re-issues of Frolic through the Park and its 1990 live album, Fall from Grace.

Live Metal’s Jeff Maki recently talked with vocalist Mark Osegueda about the new record, the band’s evolution and more. (more…)

"Death Angel: The seemingly endless band: An interview with vocalist Mark Osegueda"

“Death Angel: The seemingly endless band: An interview with vocalist Mark Osegueda”

Like many others, I got into the Bay Area thrash metal band Death Angel all the way back in 1990, after seeing their videos for “Seemingly Endless Time” and “A Room with a View” on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. Those cuts were from their most successful album to date, Act III. Of course, two other now-classics preceded it: The Ultra-Violence and Frolic Through the Park. But as the touring cycle for Act III was nearing its end, a bus accident left then drummer Andy Galeon unable to perform. This led to the band’s members going their separate ways and a decade-long hiatus, before they finally reformed in 2001 for a benefit concert for Testament’s Chuck Billy. The band eventually replaced its rhythm section and has managed to release two acclaimed albums in recent years, The Art of Dying (2004) and Killing Season (2008).

Now in 2010, the trend of consistent releases continues with the excellent all-out thrasher, Relentless Retribution (review), an album that retains the heart and soul of Death Angel and further solidifies the band within the standing of modern thrash metal.

Throughout Death Angel’s career, Mark Osegueda has been its voice and force. Though he usually opts for more of a clean, melodic vocal style, Relentless Retribution finds him with a meaner, aggressive style, one that fits the self-proclaimed “most aggressive Death Angel album since The Ultra-Violence.” I recently had the privilege to talk with Osegueda about Death Angel’s history, the new album and much more.

This is a band that played its first show on a bill with Megadeth in 1984, a veteran act that deserves the attention. Read on, thrash metal fans! (more…)