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