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San Francisco's Death Angel were a product of the bustling Bay Area thrash metal scene of the 1980s. Combining serious guitar crunch and speed with a fair amount of technical expertise, they created complex thrash metal filled with time changes and tricky arrangements that, although generally loved by critics, usually failed to translate beyond a very specialized buying public. But Death Angel weren't just a band, they were family. Formed in the early '80s by cousins Mark Osegueda (vocals), Rob Cavestany (lead guitar), Gus Pepa (rhythm guitar), Dennis Pepa (bass), and Andy Galeon (drums), the group was also precocious; the bandmembers recorded their 1986 Kirk Hammett-produced "Kill as One" demo while still in their teens. In fact, drummer Galeon was only 14 when Death Angel issued their first album, 1987's astoundingly mature The Ultra-Violence via Enigma Records. The following year's sophomore Frolic Through the Park offered a few slight refinements, most notably in the uncharacteristically humorous and accessible single "Bored." Signing with the Geffen Records hit factory the following year seemed like the next step toward certain stardom, and Death Angel left nothing to chance with their third album, 1990's superlative career highlight Act III. But despite benefiting from more sophisticated songwriting, greatly improved production, and an extensive world tour to support it, Act III somehow fell short of both band and label expectations. Fall from Grace, a carelessly assembled live album released by Enigma later that year, proved both ill-timed and morbidly prophetic, when Death Angel were involved in a horrific tour bus crash in Arizona. Galeon was severely injured, enduring a year of rehab during which Osegueda decided to quit music and move to New York. As for the remaining members of Death Angel, following Galeon's recovery they re-named themselves the Organization and released two albums in the early '90s through Metal Blade -- Cavestany also handling vocal duties -- before breaking up in 1995. Numerous projects followed until 2001 (most notably Cavestany, Osegueda, and Galeon's late-'90s group Swarm), when Death Angel reconvened to perform at a San Francisco benefit concert for cancer-stricken Testament singer Chuck Billy. This, in turn, led to sporadic European festival appearances and U.S. club tours that encouraged the classic Death Angel formation to reunite more permanently. Signing with Nuclear Blast and bringing in new rhythm guitarist Ted Aguilar, the band released its long-awaited fourth album, The Art of Dying, in 2004. The Archives & Artifacts box set arrived in 2005, collecting a few out of print albums and rarities, and was followed in 2008 by Killing Season, a collection of all-new tracks recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606. Shortly after the release of Killing Season, bassist Pepa left the band, replaced by Sammy Diosdado, an active player in the Bay Area hardcore scene at the time. Just months later, drummer Galeon also left the group, leaving Cavestany as the only remaining founding member. Galeon was replaced on tour with drummer Will Carroll and work began on 2010's full-length effort, Relentless Retribution. The group followed it in 2013 with The Dream Calls for Blood, which peaked at number 72 on the Billboard 200. In May 2016 the band dropped its eighth studio long-player, The Evil Divide. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Death Angel

  1.   Song
  2.   Seemingly Endless Time
  3.   Thicker Than Blood
  4.   The Organization
  5.   Sonic Beatdown
  6.   Thrown to the Wolves
  7.   Trapped Under Ice
  8.   The Ultra Violence (Introducing: Carnival Justice)
  9.   Guilty of Innocence
  10.   Voracious Souls
  11.   We Grew Up in the Bay Area Thrash Scene
  12.   Mistress of Pain
  13.   Stop
  14.   Land of Blood
  15.   Fallen
  16.   Disturbing the Peace
  17.   Hatred United/United Hate
  18.   Why You Do This
  19.   Father of Lies
  20.   Start
  21.   Volcanic
  22.   Claws In So Deep
  23.   Word to the Wise
  24.   Spirit
  25.   Stagnant
  26.   A Room With a View
  27.   Bored
  28.   The Original Lineup of Death Angel
  29.   Act III
  30.   Confused
  31.   Silent Killer
  32.   Open Up
  33.   Let the Pieces Fall
  34.   Hell to Pay
  35.   The Moth
  36.   The O
  37.   Empty
  38.   I Chose The Sky
  39.   Death Of The Meek
  40.   Absence Of Light
  41.   God vs. God
  42.   The Noose
  43.   Buried Alive
  44.   No
  45.   5 Steps of Freedom
  46.   Discontinued
  47.   Veil of Deception
  48.   Mind Rape
  49.   Thrashers
  50.   The Electric Cell
  51.   It Can't Be This
  52.   Lost
  53.   Cause for Alarm
  54.   Swarm
  55.   Detonate
  56.   Execution: Don't Save Me
  57.   Succubus
  58.   The Dream Calls for Blood
  59.   Left for Dead
  60.   Where They Lay
  61.   Truce
  62.   Opponents At Sides
  63.   Into The Arms Of Righteous Anger
  64.   Dethroned
  65.   Prophecy
  66.   The Devil Incarnate
  67.   Evil Priest
  68.   Falling Asleep
  69.   Ex-TC
  70.   Cold Gin
  71.   Shores of Sin
  72.   3rd Floor
  73.   Final Death
  74.   Kill as One
  75.   Road Mutants
  76.   Carnival Justice
  77.   Devil's Metal
  78.   Fuck You
  79.   Territorial Instinct: Bloodlust
  80.   Angels of Death
  81.   Relentless Revolution
  82.   Steal the Crown
  83.   Soulless
  84.   Witches Of Knave
  85.   Dehumanization
  86.   Never Me
  87.   Intro
  88.   River Of Rapture
  89.   Breakaway
  90.   Lord of Hate
  91.   Son of the Morning
  92.   Heaven and Hell
  93.   When Worlds Collide
  94.   Famine
  95.   This Hate
  96.   Resurrection Machine
  97.   Caster of Shame