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