Death Angel – A Thrashumentary DVD

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Three-decades into a career that has seen the kinds of highs and lows that most bands that few else could make it through, Death Angel is riding as high as ever. Emerging a mere teens in the second wave of Bay Area Thrash, Death Angel evolved from rambunctious youths to one of the fiercest bands on the planet. Rough life experiences can leave you with scars, but it’s what you do with those marks on the tableau of your psyche that define you, that guide you. For a band, that from the beginning was made up of family members, they have been re-writing the end of that script for over fifteen years.

A Thrashumentary (Nuclear Blast) starts like a standard band DVD with the history and the making of type of things you always want to see. The archival footage of the bands earliest shows, including their very first opening for Megadeth at San Francisco’s seminal metal haunt The Stone, are an amazing look into the genesis of a band. They transformed early from a more NWOBHM sound to thrash over their first few years in existence. One of their earliest and ongoing patrons has been Kirk Hammett of Metallica who produced their first demos. Hearing tales of how the nascent band booked a national tour on the strength of hastily made three song demo tape makes the legends come true. This band was built for greatness from the start. Terrific early accounts from thrash kings such as Gary Holt, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, Andres Kisser discuss the formation of the group and the legit early hype around them. The story of the band is re-told trough the eyes of the current band, and their continuing story takes shape over the course of two hours. Their awful bus accident that changed their lives forever in 1990, critically injuring founding drummer Andy Galeon, and ultimately leading to the end of the band at that time. The accounts are harrowing, and will shake you to your core.

 

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Reuniting for Chuck Billy’s benefit concert “Thrash of the Titans” in 2001 sowed the seed for the band to reform and stay together. Although only Rob Cavestany and Mark Osesgueda remain today from the early core lineup, the band is as strong as ever with Ted Aguilar, Will Carroll and Damien Sisson. Death Angel are one of the most potent veteran thrash bands around. It’s great to see some of their more modern contemporaries, such as Chris Adler and Michael Amott talk shop about the band too. The more recent live footage of the band is phenomenal and another highlight of the DVD. The CD portion of the package is also a great live document to have for fans. A Thrashumentary is a great way to appreciate one of the scene’s most vital groups, then and now.

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8.5/10

KEITH CHACHKES

On The Road… with Cavalera Conspiracy and Death Angel

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Recently wrapping up six weeks of touring Cavalera Conspiracy and Death Angelcriss-crossed the USA on a long tour. Both bands brought the heavy to thrash fans across the country. Joining them on the tour was Corrosion of Conformity BLIND, on their first national tour ever, and Lody Kong. Lody Kong of course counts amongst its ranks Zyon and Igor Cavalera, sons of headliner Max. The young upstarts with the metal royalty in their bloodline don’t flinch in fear of tough crowds or early stage times. COC BLIND features Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullen and singer Karl Agell (King Hitter/Leadfoot) play songs of the Blind (Columbia) album. Many of these tracks haven’t been played in concert since the tour following the album in 1991. Death Angel is still touring behind The Dream Call For Blood (Nuclear Blast) and has a new concert DVD on the way soon. They are one of the best live bands in thrash or any other genre of metal. Lastly Cavalera Conspiracy takes the stage, Max and his brother Igor (MIXHELL), reunited and thrashing just as they are meant to do together. The set list on this night included songs from the two CC albums, obligatory Sepultura hits such as ‘Territory’ and ‘Biotech is Godzilla’, a tribal drum off with a little kid from the crowd, and even a Nailbomb jam. Shot at the Hawthorne Theater by Curtiss Dunlap Photography, this was quite the entertaining night of metal!

Cavalera conspiracy, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

Cavalera Conspiracy, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

Cavalera Conspiracy, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

Cavalera Conspiracy, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

Cavalera Conspiracy, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

Cavalera Conspiracy, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

Death Angel, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

Death Angel, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

COC BLIND, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

COC BLIND, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

Lody Kong, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

Lody Kong, by Curtiss Dunlap Photography

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Death Angel – The Dream Calls for Blood

The-Dream-Calls-For-Blood-Death-AngelThis is the darkest, fastest, and most aggressive Death Angel album to date. Thanks to great song writing and production at the hands (and ears) of Jason Suecof, this just screams evil, tainted thrash. This is one of those albums where every song is good. I don’t know about the dream, but the band certainly called for blood.

 

Amazing production aside, the musicians here just shine. Singer Mark Osesgueda has a really killer flow on ‘Fallen’. It’s got a catchy as hell chorus that I found myself singing along to. This has their best lyrics so far too. Rob Cavestany’s solos are just remind you of early Kirk Hammett on ‘Caster of Shame’. The title track has a great gang vocal section that just makes everyone sound pissed off. My favorite tracks so far for me are ‘Execution Don’t Save Me’. It is the most dynamic song of the bunch. The acoustic opening reminds you of something early Metallica would have played. Then they blast out into speed heaven before stopping on a dime before the first vocal is uttered. The chorus is just so damned groovy it sticks with you.

 

Bassist Damien Sisson has marvelous sound that comes across flawlessly on ‘Empty’ and ‘Succubus’. Yay for finger style playing! Drummer Will Carrol lives up to his name; Beastman. He just pounds away on with speed and finesse on ‘Son of the Morning’. The other standout is ‘Territorial Instinct/Bloodlust’. Rob and Ted Aguilar dual harmonies on this bad boy are insane. This has been on repeat many, many times on my stereo. It is a damn fine way to close out this masterfully crafted sonic opus.

 

It’s school, without being old school (take a minute to figure it out it makes sense). If you’ve been sleeping on Death Angel for whatever reason, this might be the thing to change your mind. And the cover art kicks ass too!

 

9.0/10

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In Dreams Of Terror – An Interview with Death Angel

Death Angel 1The last three years have seen many changes in the Death Angel camp. 2010’s Relentless Retribution opus was the Californians first album with either of the Pepa cousins or drummer Andy Galeon, yet the ensuing two year saw them band touring tirelessly with compares like Testament and Anthrax in support of it. It was the band’s largest touring cycle for some time with fans lapping up their energetic performances. Even when discussing the turbulent line up changes which nearly crippled the Californian veterans in the past guitarist and founding member Rob Cavestany remains an upbeat character whose mile a minute replies make him a thrilling storyteller. After such a gruelling schedule, no one expected Death Angel to make such a rapid return to action but they are back with another assault on the senses in The Dream Calls For Blood (Nuclear Blast). Ghost Cult’s U.K. Editor Ross Baker quizzed Rob regarding their rapid return to action, line-up changes and the future of the thrash metal genre. Continue reading