10 February, 2014

Death Angel: Left For Dead – new video

The “powerhouse of tight and shiny thrash metal”, DEATH ANGEL, have released a new Tommy Jones-directed video for ‘Left For Dead’, off ‘The Dream Calls For Blood’, the band's seventh album. Issued in October 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records, ‘The Dream Calls For Blood’ sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release, and had cracked U.S. Top 100 (at number 72 on The Billboard Top 200 chart). The album was recorded at AudioHammer Studios in Florida with Jason Suecof, while Brent Elliot White provided those seriously upset wolves for its cover. “DEATH ANGEL still sound visceral and hungry decades into their work, a rare case of a band getting sharper as it goes instead of mellowing,” voiced his opinion Fred Thomas, AllMusic who placed the group's latest offering in the “top tier of extremely inventive and exciting metal albums” (more here). To discover just how visceral and hungry they sound you’ll have to buy a copy ‘The Dream Calls For Blood’ here (Nuclear Blast Europe), here (Nuclear Blast USA), on iTunes or Amazon:

Instrumental in the development of thrash metal genre, DEATH ANGEL was formed in 1982 in San Francisco Bay Area by cousins guitarist Rob Cavestany, vocalist and bassist Dennis Pepa, guitarist Gus Pepa, and drummer Andy Galeon. While still in their teens, DEATH ANGEL recorded their 1986 Kirk Hammett (METALLICA)-produced demo ‘Kill As One’, and drummer Galeon was only fourteen when the band recorded their debut full-length album, 1987s ‘The Ultra-Violence’ (which went on to sell 40,000 copies in just four months) with vocalist Mark Osegueda. The track ‘Bored’, off DEATH ANGEL's second release 1988s ‘Frolic Through The Park’, had won a spot on MTV's “Headbanger's Ball”, impressing Geffen Records enough to offer the band a record deal. Regarded by many critics (and fans) as the band's finest effort, they next recorded 1990s ‘Act III’ with producer Max Norman; with it “finally reaching musical adulthood (though some band members were still barely old enough to vote)” (Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic – more here) as well as reaching position number 24 on the Billboard Top 200. The group's rise to fame was tragically cut short in 1990, when the band's tour bus crashed in the Arizona desert. Drummer Andy Galeon was critically injured, and would need more than a year to recover. Following, vocalist Mark Osegueda left, while the remaining bandmembers went on to form THE ORGANISATION, releasing two full-length albums under that name. DEATH ANGEL reassembled in 2001 to perform at a cancer benefit for TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy. In 2004, they released their fourth album ‘The Art Of Dying’ through Nuclear Blast Records which peaked at number 50 on the Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. The band recorded their fifth album at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 with producer Nick Raskulinecz; the end result, 2008s ‘Killing Season’, was described as a “modern heavy metal album, with selected hallmarks of old-school thrash (and a few other musical styles) seamlessly woven together” by Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic (more here). In 2009, DEATH ANGEL released their first-ever live concert DVD called ‘Sonic German Beatdown’, followed by their sixth album ‘Relentless Retribution’ in 2010, which peaked at number 9 in Hungary, at number 45 in Germany and at number 10 on the Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart, selling over 2,700 copies in its first week in the U.S. alone:

DEATH ANGEL features: Mark Osegueda – vocals, Rob Cavestany – guitar, Ted Aguilar – guitar, Damien Sisson – bass and Will Carroll – drums


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