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