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