Death Angel Become Lords Of The Underworld
Camden's Underworld venue has hosted some great performances from many of the old school thrash and death metal legends. Death Angel would be no exception.
The first band to hit the stage was Austria's Demolition. The band demonstrated some really good sounds in the vein of older death metal acts and were quite possibly the heaviest band of the night. Whilst they were good at what they did, they received only a limited reaction from the audience, which was a shame because they were pouring their heart and soul into the set. Demolition was a good live band that restores your faith that there is "real" death metal still going.
Next up was Danish thrash/power metallers Mercenary, who reminded me a lot of Ripper Owens-era Iced Earth. They received a great response from the London audience and were clearly loving every second of it. If, like me, you're not a fan of power metal, it's unlikely that this band will convert you to their fan base. Like Demolition, they were great at what they did but definitely weren't for everyone.
After Mercenary there was a relatively long wait for Bay-area heroes Death Angel, but they proved that the wait was well worth it. Whilst their latest effort, "Killing Season," has been receiving mixed reviews of late, the tracks they played from that album sounded just as good as anything off their glory days' records, as demonstrated with the show opener "Lord Of Hate." They actually played a set that was very heavy on "Killing Season" material, performing almost every song from the album with the exception of "The Noose." They brought out some classics as well, such as "Seemingly Endless Time," "Kill As One," and "Evil Priest." During the set, frontman Mark Osegueda continually thanked the fans for their support and recalled fond memories of playing in London in the past. The interaction between the band and the audience was really good as well, with the band very happy to accomodate stage divers. One particularly humourous quip from Osegueda came when a fan who was eager to hear the "Frolic Through The Park" single, "Bored," continuously shouted "I'm bored!," to which he was met with "Well we'll get you excited shortly then."
A real highlight in the set was "Steal The Crown," from their latest album, which was a great live song and an awesome energy-booster for the crowd. The band continued mixing old and new songs before set closer "Thrown To The Wolves" from their 2004 comeback album "The Art Of Dying." After the show, the band made the effort to hang out with their fans at the merchandise stand.
In closing, Death Angel demonstrated to every band how to show appreciation for the fans that enabled them to tour the world and performed a fantastic set that disapointed nobody... unless you were Bored!
Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.
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