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Death Angel
Origin San Francisco, USA
Genre(s) Thrash metal, Speed metal, Heavy metal
Years active 1982-1991
2001-present
Label(s) Enigma, Geffen, Nuclear Blast
Website www.deathangel.com
Members
Mark Osegueda
Rob Cavestany
Andy Galeon
Dennis Pepa
Ted Aguilar
Former members
Gus Pepa

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History

Early Days (1982–1986)

Death Angel was formed in San Francisco, California, in 1982 by Rob Cavestany (lead guitar), Dennis Pepa (Bass guitar, vox) and Gus Pepa (rhythm guitar), and Andy Galeon (drums), who are all cousins. After considering a number of different names for the band, including "Dark Fury," Cavestany and D. Pepa settled on the name "Death Angel" after coming across a book by that title in a book store. [1] In 1983, the band released its first demo, Heavy Metal Insanity, with Matt Wallace serving as producer. According to Mark Osegueda, the group was then "more like a metal band, more like Iron Maiden, Tygers Of Pan Tang and stuff like that," as the so-called Bay Area thrash movement was only just beginning to rise to prominence at the time, and make its influence felt. [2] Osegueda, a second cousin of the other four members who had been working as their roadie, became the group's vocalist in 1984 and performed his first show with the band on a bill with Megadeth in April of that year (at one of the four Megadeth gigs to feature Kerry King on guitar). [3] Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from Leyton in the East End of London. ... Tygers Of Pan Tang is a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band originating from Whitley Bay in the North-East of England, formed in 1978. ... Bay Area thrash describes a style of thrash metal popularised by bands in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s. ... Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ... Kerry King (born June 3, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is a guitarist, best known as one of the founding members of the thrash metal band Slayer. ...


Death Angel continued to play club gigs in and around the San Francisco Bay area for nearly 2 years, writing songs and refining their stage show. In 1986, the band recorded the Kill As One demo with Metallica's Kirk Hammett (whom they had met at a record store signing in 1983) as producer. Due to the underground tape trading wave of the early 1980s, the demo was distributed extensively and brought the band to the attention of a still-wider audience; Osegueda later recalled that prior to the release of the band's first album, "we were playing in L.A. and New York, and the crowd was singing our songs, because there was this underground tape trading....That's what keeps it alive, and I think that's absolutely wonderful." [4] Kill As One was the first demo recorded by thrash metal band Death Angel in 1986. ... Kirk Lee Hammett (born on November 18, 1962) is the lead guitarist and songwriter in the band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article is about the state. ...


The Ultra-Violence and Frolic Through The Park (1987–1989)

The success of Kill As One led to a record deal with Enigma Records, who released Death Angel's debut album The Ultra-Violence in 1987. The band recorded The Ultra-Violence while its members were all still under 20 years old, and the album sold 40,000 copies in just one four-month period. A video was filmed for "Voracious Souls," a song about a band of cannibals, but it never aired on MTV due to the nature of the lyrics. The group released the follow-up album Frolic Through The Park in 1988, which spawned the single "Bored", the video for which did receive regular airplay on MTV's Headbanger's Ball. Frolic featured more diverse material than the straightforward thrash of the first album; the album included a cover of Kiss's "Cold Gin," and the relatively light, playful "Bored" was written under the seemingly unlikely influence of U2, and the guitar playing of The Edge in particular. [5] The band toured worldwide for the first time and found notable success in Japan, selling out 2 full Japanese tours. Kill As One was the first demo recorded by thrash metal band Death Angel in 1986. ... Enigma Records was a popular rock and alternative record label in the 1980s. ... The Ultra-Violence is the first album by the band Death Angel, released in 1986. ... The Ultra-Violence is the first album by the band Death Angel, released in 1986. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Frolic Through The Park is the second album by the band Death Angel, released in 1988. ... Original logo of The Ball. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... For other subjects called The Edge, see The Edge (disambiguation). ...


Act III (1989–1991)

Geffen Records bought out the band's contract with Enigma Records in 1989 and released the third Death Angel album, Act III, in 1990. Produced by Max Norman (who had previously worked with Ozzy Osbourne and Megadeth), the album showcased the band's newfound use of full-band backing vocals, while fusing elements of funk, thrash, and heavy metal with the use of acoustic guitars to give the album a varied feel, while staying true to the group's heavy roots. The album featured the singles "Seemingly Endless Time" and "A Room with a View" (a ballad sung mostly by guitarist Rob Cavestany), and both songs also received airplay on Headbanger's Ball, but a mainstream breakthrough still proved elusive. (The band released the "A Room with a View" video and single under the name "D.A.," and Cavestany explained to a reporter at the time that he now found the band's original name "restricting. The name Death Angel seems to imply hardcore thrash gloom-and-doom death metal, and we're not like that at all. If I were presented with 10 records, and one of them was by a band called Death Angel, and I'd never heard of them, I'd stick that one on the bottom!") [6] Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Act III is the third album by the band Death Angel, released in 1990. ... Max Norman was a record producer and recording engineer in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ... Original logo of The Ball. ...


Also in 1990, Enigma Records -- after already having sold its interest in the band to the Geffen label -- illegally released and distributed Fall from Grace, an unauthorized bootleg live album featuring songs from their first two releases recorded at the Paradisio in Amsterdam, Holland. The album was released without any input from the band members with regard to its songs, contents, credits, concepts, artwork, or anything at all. They did not even learn of its existence until they stumbled upon it in a record store in Tucson, Arizona on the night prior to suffering a near-fatal auto accident (see below). Evidently Enigma Records folded after the release, cashing in on the sales and the album was also unknowingly picked up, manufactured and illegally distributed by Capitol Records. (The legal ramifications of this remain unresolved to the present day.) Fall from Grace is a live album by the band Death Angel, released in 1990. ... For other uses, see Amsterdam (disambiguation). ... This article is about a region in the Netherlands. ... Nickname: The Old Pueblo Location in Pima County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Pima Mayor Bob Walkup (R) Area    - City 505. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ...


Death Angel had embarked on what was scheduled to be a worldwide tour in support of Act III in 1990, selling out shows at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, The Ritz in New York, and England's Hammersmith Odeon. The band was also slated to be the opening act for the "Clash of the Titans" tour featuring Megadeth, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, and Anthrax later in the year (but were ultimately replaced by Alice in Chains, since they were unable to perform). Additionally, around this time, Death Angel and Geffen were making plans to release a live album recorded at shows in the Bay Area, and the band was also intending to tour and perform in a number of other countries it had not previously visited. Act III is the third album by the band Death Angel, released in 1990. ... The Warfield, also known as The Warfield Theatre, is an historic music venue in San Francisco, California. ... The neoclassical Ritz Hotel London is one of Londons most famous landmarks. ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The Apollo, Hammersmith, London has been a rock venue for decades, and was originally known as the Hammersmith Odeon. ... Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Suicidal Tendencies is an American hardcore punk / crossover thrash band formed in 1981 in Venice, California. ... This article is about the rock band. ...


But while on the road in late 1990 in Arizona, en route to a show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the vehicle that the group was traveling in crashed, and drummer Andy Galeon was critically injured, needing more than a year to fully recover. Cavestany said at the time that "[i]n a way, it made perfect sense to have a major accident right now, it really fit the story line. We've been pushing so hard for 8 years and just not getting that far, and getting so frustrated with not being where we should be after so long, it was time for something climactic to happen!" [7] Following the accident, both Geffen Records and the band's manager pressured the group to hire another drummer and immediately go back to work. The band decided on doing a few shows in Japan with a different drummer but the chemistry was not there. When the band members declined to get a long term replacement and go on the road, they were dropped from the record label. At this point, Osegueda left the group and moved to New York to pursue a life outside of music, and Cavestany later explained that "[w]e weren't going to try to replace him and with all that stuff happening we were just totally disgusted at how things had turned out and we felt that this was a sign that the band was not going to go on." [8] Following the split the remaining members performed just a few shows in the Bay Area, appearing as "The Past," and playing acoustic-only sets. Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ...


Post-Breakup (1991–2000)

In the summer of 1991, with Galeon fully recovered, Death Angel's remaining members, without Mark, reformed with the band under the name of The Organization (the title of a song on Act III), with Cavestany taking over lead vocal duties. The band continued their exploration into new sounds, focusing less on traditional metal, and more on funk and alt rock. The Organization's first demo was recorded and produced at City College of San Francisco's multitrack studios by Eric Kauschen and Dana Galloway.


The Organization toured extensively throughout the US and Europe, including two appearances at the Netherlands's Dynamo Open Air Festival, a support slot on Rob Halford's "Fight" tour and as the main support act for Motörhead in Europe. Unfortunately, both 1993's The Organization and 1995's Savor the Flavor (including a cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again") distributed by, (Metal Blade Records) failed to make waves with the record buying public, Rob Cavestany and Andy Galeon decided to call it quits. The Dynamo Open Air Festival (D.O.A.F.) is an annual music festival that first took place in 1986 (see 1986 in music). ... Robert John Arthur Halford (born August 25, 1951) is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Judas Priest. ... This article is about the band. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Steely Dan is a Grammy-Award winning American jazz rock band centered on core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. ... Do It Again was a single which was released by The Beach Boys in 1968 on Capitol Records. ... Metal Blade redirects here. ...


In 1998, Rob Cavestany and Andy Galeon reunited with Mark Osegueda for the first time since 1990. Along with bassist Michael Isaiah, the trio formed Swarm and released a four-track self-titled EP in 1999, along with the five-song Devour EP in 2001. Swarm toured with Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains in 2000, and in 2002 released the compilation album Beyond the End, which combined the contents of the two EPs with a cover of The Doors' "My Eyes Have Seen You." Although Swarm did not become a commercial success, it did bring the core of the band back together, setting the wheels in motion for a Death Angel reunion. Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. ... This article is about the rock band. ... The Doors were an influential American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. ...


The return of Death Angel (2001–present)

Death Angel officially reunited in August 2001 for Thrash of the Titans, a cancer benefit show for Testament frontman Chuck Billy. Unfortunately, original guitarist Gus Pepa couldn't participate in the reunion since he was out of the country. At Rob Cavestany's suggestion and with Gus's blessing, the remaining band members enlisted their longtime friend and fan, Ted Aguilar, to handle rhythm guitar duties. Originally planned as a one-off show, the band received such a positive response that the show led not only to a string of other well-received gigs around the San Francisco area, but also a pair of European tours -- despite the band not having issued an album in over a decade. In 2004, 14 years after their last album, the band at last released The Art of Dying on Nuclear Blast records. Archives and Artifacts, a box set with remastered versions of the long out-of-print The Ultra-Violence and Frolic Through The Park, along with a bonus Rarities CD and DVD, followed in 2005. Thrash of the Titans concert poster Thrash of the Titans was a benefit concert held on August 11, 2001 at the Maritime Hall in San Francisco, CA. The concert was a co-benefit for Testament vocalist Chuck Billy, who was diagnosed with germ cell seminoma (a rare form of cancer... Testament are an American thrash metal band from California. ... Chuck Billy (Born June 23, 1962), U.S. vocalist, best known for his work with the thrash metal band Testament. ... The Art of Dying is an album by the band Death Angel, released in 2004. ... For nuclear detonations, see nuclear explosion. ... Archives and Artifacts (2005) is a box set by the band Death Angel, consisting of remasters of their first two albums The Ultra-Violence and Frolic Through the Park, as well as a bonus CD, and a DVD with video recordings of the band and a music video. ...


Mark Osegueda has since announced his involvement in the band All Time Highs, but has emphasized that he intends to remain a member of Death Angel. [9]


Also, on April 2007, they played a show in the Philippines, at the 7th Pulp Summer Slam, which featured them as the main act.


In an interview with bassist Dennis Pepa [10], he stated that a new Death Angel album would be recorded in September/October 2007 and released in early Spring 2008. Recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Northridge, California, Killing Season was released on February 26, 2008. David Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969 in Warren, Ohio) is an American rock musician and songwriter. ... Killing Season will be the title for Death Angels fifth album, which is due for release in early 2008. ... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


In August of 2007, Rob Cavestany released a solo CD of acoustic songs, Lines on the Road, the material on which was written in collaboration with Gus Pepa, and performed by Cavestany (vocals, bass, guitar) Gus Pepa (guitar) and Andy Galeon (drums).


Death Angel’s video for "Dethroned," a track off their latest album, Killing Season, debuted online on Thursday, April 17th, 2008, on Headbangers Blog.


As of May of 2008, Death Angel is currently on tour.


Set List for Killing Season Tour 2008 (some songs vary)


Lord of Hate - Evil Priest - Buried Alive - Voracious Souls - Dethroned - Carnival Justice - Sonic Beatdown - Soulless - Kill As One - The Ultra Violence - Seemingly Endless Time - Thrown To The Wolves -


Discography

Demos

Kill As One was the first demo recorded by thrash metal band Death Angel in 1986. ...

Live Albums

Fall from Grace is a live album by the band Death Angel, released in 1990. ...

Compilation Albums

Archives and Artifacts (2005) is a box set by the band Death Angel, consisting of remasters of their first two albums The Ultra-Violence and Frolic Through the Park, as well as a bonus CD, and a DVD with video recordings of the band and a music video. ...

Studio Albums

The Ultra-Violence is the first album by the band Death Angel, released in 1986. ... Frolic Through The Park is the second album by the band Death Angel, released in 1988. ... Act III is the third album by the band Death Angel, released in 1990. ... The Art of Dying is an album by the band Death Angel, released in 2004. ... Killing Season will be the title for Death Angels fifth album, which is due for release in early 2008. ...

Other

  • Metallic Attack: Metallica - The Ultimate Tribute album ("Trapped Under Ice") (2004)
  • Alone in the Dark movie soundtrack (song: "The Devil Incarnate") (2005)

Alone in the Dark is the title of several works of fiction: Alone in the Dark (1982 film), a 1982 horror movie featuring Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, and Martin Landau Alone in the Dark (series), a series of computer games which as of 2005 has four titles Alone in the...

Members

Current members

  • Mark Osegueda - vocals
  • Rob Cavestany - guitars, backing vocals
  • Ted Aguilar - guitars
  • Andy Galeon - drums
  • Dennis Pepa - bass guitar, backing vocals

Former members

  • Gus Pepa - guitar (1982–1991)

Other projects

  • The Organization
  • The Past
  • Silver Circus
  • Big Shrimp
  • Swarm
  • All Time Highs
  • Smoke Stack
  • Thick As Thieves
  • Sift

References

  1. ^ Death Angel
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ Death Angel
  6. ^ DEATH ANGEL A fan who won a pair of tickets to Death Angel's December 1 show at Oakland's
  7. ^ DEATH ANGEL A fan who won a pair of tickets to Death Angel's December 1 show at Oakland's
  8. ^ http://web.textfiles.com/ezines/COC/coc074.txt
  9. ^ Metal News - All Time Highs To Release Split CD ( Metal Underground . com )
  10. ^ The Gauntlet

External links

The Ultra-Violence is the first album by the band Death Angel, released in 1986. ... Frolic Through The Park is the second album by the band Death Angel, released in 1988. ... Act III is the third album by the band Death Angel, released in 1990. ... The Art of Dying is an album by the band Death Angel, released in 2004. ... Killing Season will be the title for Death Angels fifth album, which is due for release in early 2008. ... Kill As One was the first demo recorded by thrash metal band Death Angel in 1986. ... Fall from Grace is a live album by the band Death Angel, released in 1990. ... Archives and Artifacts (2005) is a box set by the band Death Angel, consisting of remasters of their first two albums The Ultra-Violence and Frolic Through the Park, as well as a bonus CD, and a DVD with video recordings of the band and a music video. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ...

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