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