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