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