SLAP BASS IN METAL
Among the youngest bands ever to storm the metal genre, Death Angel has come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the thriving Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene in the early 1980s, an era when one could catch Cliff Burton (Metallica) at the front of the stage at Ruthie's Inn banging his head to Death Angel's inventive style, and speedy, complex arrangements.
In 1986, a Death Angel demo produced by Kirk Hammett (Metallica) titled "Kill As One" sparked the interest of Enigma Records. Then, in 1987, Death Angel's debut, "The Ultra Violence," was released. Drummer Andy Galeon was just 14 years old at the time. The album was a full-frontal assault on the ears, buzzing with the group's youthful energy, and "The Ultra Violence" sold 40,000 copies in just four months. Another innovative recording, "Frolic Through the Park," followed, marking Death Angel's evolution both lyrically and musically. "Bored," another track from the band's second release, highlighted the cutting-edge band's inventive dynamics, and won a spot on MTV's "Headbanger's Ball."
Geffen Records was impressed enough with Death Angel's television premier to offer the band a deal, and Death Angel became the first band of their breed to appear on the major label's roster. At Geffen, the band released what is widely regarded as one of the most original and accomplished thrash metal albums ever recorded, "Act III." The record pushed the limits of the genre to create something truly unique, a definitive work that is essential to any metal fan's music collection. Death Angel's masterful songwriting ability was once again on display nationwide in 1990, as the videos for "Seemingly Endless Time' and 'Room With A View' saw heavy rotation on MTV.
In 2004 Death Angel released their long awaited fourth studio disc, "The Art of Dying" on Nuclear Blast. A natural progression from "Act III", the new album delivered straight Thrash Metal with diverse musicality to rave reviews worldwide. Brutal thrasher "Thrown to the Wolves", the melodic doom of "The Devil Incarnate" and the speed rock of "Thicker than Blood" proved to fans that they didn't miss a beat. In autumn of 2007 the band entered the studio with producer extraordinaire, Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains, Deftones, Shadows Fall) and "Killing Season" was released in February of 2008. The opportunity of being invited by Dave Grohl to record their fifth studio album at Studio 606 in Southern California was one not to pass up. The result was a rock solid album which stands alongside "Act III" as the best work Death Angel has recorded.
Currently the madmen are in the laboratory creating the next album and will enter the recording studio in March 2010. The yet untitled record will be produced by Jason Suecof and co-produced by Rob Cavestany at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida. Plans are in motion for the new album to hit the streets by the beginning of autumn and it is going to crush beyond all expectations! Tours are already booked starting with Europe in April and continuing on thru 2011. See ya on the road!