Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remain as hungry as ever.
As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability define the Bay Area thrash quintet’s eighth full-length album, »The Evil Divide« (Nuclear Blast). The group - Mark Osegueda (vocals), Rob Cavestany (lead guitar), Ted Aguilar (guitar), Will Carroll (drums), and Damien Sisson (bass) - satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of ten new anthems.
“I want every record of ours to always sound fucking hungry and desperate,” declares Mark. “An injured animal is a dangerous fucking animal. We feel that. We’re always striving for more and put everything into it until our bodies give out.”
“We know who we are,” adds Rob. “We’re dedicated to this sound for both the fans and ourselves.”
In order to siphon that energy, the group re-teamed with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, DEICIDE) for the third album in a row. They traded Northern California for Suecof’s Florida stronghold, Audio Hammer Studios, during two months in the fall of 2015. Following three consecutive records together, this lineup gelled more than ever while recording.
»The Evil Divide« stands out as the culmination of thirty-plus years of music for DEATH ANGEL. It kicked off with legendary debut, »The Ultra-Violence,« in 1987. The classic »Frolic Through The Park« began to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released by The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s »Act III« only to reunite in 2004 on »The Art Of Dying« for the next generation. A powerful trifecta followed. In 2010, »Relentless Retribution« boasted a cameo from virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, while 2013’s »The Dream Calls For Blood« bowed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 5,400 copies first-week and earning the group’s first-ever entry onto that respective chart. Beyond continued public praise from the likes of James Hetfield of METALLICA and Robb Flynn of MACHINE HEAD, the band’s music has popped up everywhere from Carl’s Jr. commercials to »Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.« Their fire burns brighter than ever in 2016.
“If you’re a casual fan, I hope you really get it on this album,” Mark leaves off. “If you’ve been with us since the beginning, I want you to see we aren’t messing around. We’re still DEATH ANGEL.”
TRACKLIST LTD. CD:
01. The Moth
02. Cause For Alarm
04. Father Of Lies
05. Hell To Pay
06. It Can’t Be This
07. Hatred United, United Hate
09. The Electric Cell
10. Let The Pieces Fall
“What We Do” – Making Of The Evil Divide
Mark Osegueda | vocals
Rob Cavestany | guitars
Ted Aguilar | guitars
Damien Sisson | bass
Will Carroll | drums