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