From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Death Angel Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Death Angel.
Death Angel is one of the great underdog stories of American metal. Arguably the "baby band" of the San Francisco Bay Area thrash explosion, their initial late '80s lineup formed even before some members could legally vote or purchase a Hustler. After three cult classic studio albums, an early '90s breakup threatened to consign Death Angel to footnote status in rock history - if not for the resurgence in popularity of old school thrash over a decade later.
With a reinforced lineup and a youthful energy undiminished by time, the band firmly planted itself back on the metal map in the 21st century, via indie giant Nuclear Blast Records. Death Angel then faced perhaps their toughest challenge to date when founding members Andy Galeon (drums) and Dennis Pepa (bass) departed, leaving a gaping wound that providence would see healed by the recruitment of newcomers Will Carroll and Damien Sisson. "The two white boys in the band," frontman Mark Osegueda has joked, referencing the group's collective Filipino heritage. The resulting studio album, 2010's "Relentless Retribution," is a defiant roar of triumph that led to a furious worldwide touring campaign - all leading up to a coveted opening slot on one of the most anticipated American metal tours of 2011 with New York legends Anthrax and fellow Bay Area crushers Testament.
On Veteran's Day - or so-dubbed "National Metal Day" - I sat down in Worcester, Massachusetts with guitarist Ted Aguilar, who joined the band upon its initial 21st century reunion and has since proven an integral member. More...
Death Angel has been thrashing since most of you were kids (or not even born yet). After a long hiatus in the 90s, the band reunited and became mightier than ever. On the eve of their latest release "Relentless Retribution" and currently on tour with Soilwork Death Angel will be touring the US up, down, and back again for the next few months. I caught up with guitarist Ted Aguilar before their headlining show in New Orleans to discuss the new album, their busy tour schedule, and going on a sea cruise. A transcription follows. More...