Death Angel (2)

Death Angel (2)

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Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band from San Francisco, CA.

Death Angel (2) was formed in 1982 by cousins, guitarists Rob Cavestany and Gus Pepa, bassist Dennis Pepa and drummer Andy Galeon. Mark Osegueda, who is second cousin to the founding members and was their roadie, joined as the vocalist in 1984.

Death Angel were a mainstay of the Bay Area thrash movement in the early 80s and recorded their demo, Kill As One, produced by Metallica's Kirk Hammett. The success of the demo which was credited to the underground tape-trading scene, led to a record deal with Enigma Records. Their debut album, The Ultra-Violence, was released in 1987. The follow up, Frolic Through The Park, was released in 1988, which spawned the single "Bored" and was later featured in Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.

Geffen bought Death Angel out of their record deal with Enigma in 1989. In turn, Enigma released an unauthorized Death Angel live album, Fall From Grace, without their knowledge. Their third studio album, Act III was released in 1990. The album features the singles "Seemingly Endless Time" and "A Room with a View", and received heavy rotation on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.

The group's tour bus crashed in Arizona en route to a show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Drummer Andy Galeon was critically injured and required more than a year to recover. At the urging by Geffen to continue the tour without Galeon, the band refused and were eventually dropped. Osegueda said he quit the band two days after accident and moved to New York. The band eventually parted ways.

In the time of their breakup, the members were involved in various music projects. At the request of Chuck Billy of Testament, they reunited for a one-off gig for the Clash of the Titans benefit concert. However, with Gus Pepa was living in the Philippines at the time, Ted Aguilar was brought on as his replacement. Due to the positive reception, they played various gigs throughout the San Francisco area. In October 2003, they were signed to Nuclear Blast, and released their first album in 14 years, The Art of Dying, in 2004.

Invited by Dave Grohl to record at his studio, they recorded and released Killing Season in 2008, their fifth studio album and the final studio album featuring the original line up. In October 2008, it was announced that Dennis Pepa was leaving the band. The following year, Andy Galeon was forced to leave the band due to his commitments as a new father.

Their sixth studio album, Relentless Retribution, was released in 2010. It was produced by Jason Suecof and Rob Cavestany and marked a return to their trash metal sound. Now featuring Damien Sisson on bass and Will Carroll on drums, the line up also released The Dream Calls for Blood in 2013. Cavestany stated that he saw The Dream Calls for Blood as a companion piece to Relentless Retribution and once again, produced the album with Jason Suecof. It has been their most well-received album since Act III, landing at number 72 on the Billboard 200 and selling 5,400 copies in the US in its first week of release.
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Death Angel (2) Discography

Albums

Death Angel (2) The Ultra-Violence (Album) Enigma Records (3) US 1987 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) Frolic Through The Park (Album) Enigma Records (3), Enigma Records (3) Japan 1988 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) Fall From Grace (Album) Enigma Records (3), Restless Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) Act III (Album) Geffen Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) The Art Of Dying (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Japan 2004 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) Killing Season (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2008 Sell This Version
TP Death Angel (2) Killing Season (2xLP, TP) Erika Records TP US 2008 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) Sonic German Beatdown - Live In Germany (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2009 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) Relentless Retribution (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2010 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) The Dream Calls For Blood (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast US 2013 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) A Thrashumentary. Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Japan 2015 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) The Bay Calls For Blood (Live In San Francisco) (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Japan 2015 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) The Evil Divide (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EPRO - 100 Death Angel (2) Cold Gin / Bored(12", Promo) Enigma Records (3) EPRO - 100 US 1988 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-4171 D.A.* A Room With A View(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Geffen Records PRO-CD-4171 US 1990 Sell This Version
NB 2112-9 Death Angel (2) Sonic Beatdown(7", Single, Pic, Ltd) Nuclear Blast NB 2112-9 Germany 2008 Sell This Version

Compilations

Death Angel (2) Archives & Artifacts (Album) Restless Records US 2005 Sell This Version
REST73786-3 Death Angel (2) Rarities(CD, Album, Comp) Restless Records REST73786-3 2005 Sell This Version
Death Angel (2) The Art Of Dying / Killing Season (Comp, Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Europe 2013 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Death Angel (2) Heavy metal insanity(Cass, S/Sided, Dem) Not On Label none US 1983 Sell This Version
none Death Angel (2) Kill As One Demo(Cass, S/Sided, Promo) Not On Label (Death Angel (2) Self-released) none US 1985 Sell This Version
24280 SR Death Angel (2) Act III(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Geffen Records 24280 SR US 1990 Sell This Version
NB 1298-2 Death Angel (2) The Art Of Dying(CD, Promo) Nuclear Blast NB 1298-2 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
2055-2 Death Angel (2) / Arsis (2) Death Angel (2) / Arsis (2) - Sampler(CD, Smplr, Promo) Nuclear Blast 2055-2 US 2008 Sell This Version