Death Angel (USA)

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Death Angel (USA)

Príspevokod užívateľa Horex » 04 Aug 2015, 08:14

Death Angel - Frolic Through The Park (1988)








Year : 1988
Style : Thrash Metal
Country : United States
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Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Concord, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released seven studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums.Two independent releases, The Ultra-Violence (1987) and Frolic Through the Park (1988), attracted the attention of Geffen Records, which signed the quintet in 1989 and released their next album, Act III, one year later. While Death Angel was touring in support of Act III, drummer Andy Galeon was injured in a tour bus accident and needed more than a year to fully recover. This resulted in the band's break up in 1991. However, Death Angel reformed in 2001 (without original guitarist Gus Pepa) at the Thrash of the Titans benefit concert for Testament singer Chuck Billy. The band continues to record and perform today. Death Angel is currently working on a new album, which is due for release in April 2016.Death Angel was formed in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, in 1982 by cousins Rob Cavestany (lead guitar), Dennis Pepa (vocals, bass), Gus Pepa (rhythm guitar), and Andy Galeon (drums) -- all of Filipino descent. After considering a number of different names for the band, including Dark Fury, Cavestany and D. Pepa settled on the name Death Angel after coming across a book by that title in a book store.[3] In 1983, the band released their first demo, Heavy Metal Insanity, with Matt Wallace serving as producer. According to Mark Osegueda, the group was then "more like a metal band, more like Iron Maiden, Tygers Of Pan Tang and stuff like that," as the so-called Bay Area thrash movement was only just beginning to rise to prominence at the time and make its influence felt.Osegueda, a second cousin of the other four members who had been working as their roadie, became the group's vocalist in 1984 and performed his first show with the band on a bill with Megadeth in April of that year (at one of the four Megadeth gigs to feature Kerry King on guitar).Death Angel continued to play club gigs in and around the San Francisco Bay area for nearly two years, writing songs and refining their stage show. In 1986, the band recorded the Kill As One demo with Metallica's Kirk Hammett (whom they had met at a record store signing in 1983) as producer. The underground tape trading wave of the early 1980s led to extensive distribution of the demo, bringing the band wide attention. Osegueda later recalled that prior to the release of the band's first album, "We were playing in L.A. and New York, and the crowd was singing our songs, because there was this underground tape trading .... That's what keeps it alive, and I think that's absolutely wonderful."


Frolic through the Park is the second studio album by the band Death Angel, released in 1988.The song "Bored" was used in a scene in the 1990 movie Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.Their refreshing debut The Ultra-Violence made clear these guys were one of the most competent Bay Area thrashers, featuring a very brutal sound that satisfied the most diehard fans. For the following record, the Filipino act joined the growing trend of change in thrash by late 80’s. The old primitive ways were getting obsolete and groups had to find their own identity to prevail among the other huge bunch of generic subgenre bands. Some decided to choose melody and technique; other simply sold out and played ballads while Death Angel preferred to combine their raw sound with alternative influences. That determination they’d later go further into started with Frolic Through The Park.Fortunately, they haven’t got rid of aggression and velocity yet. The first couple of tracks are the heaviest artillery in the pack, both “3rd Floor” and “Road Mutants” thrash hard including the elemental characteristics of the subgenre, though this time these guys intend to add a bit of complexity the first record lacked. Riff variations have increased, structures are more intricate and instrumentally this attempt is much perfectionist. “Bored” (Yeah, the song on the Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III soundtrack) and “Devil’s Metal” follow that pattern, away from the common early Death Angel ways, with richer arrangements, a more notable presence of melody and a pretty elaborated job by the combo Rob Cavestany & Gus Pepa. Other like the both casual sing-along compositions “Open Up” and “Guilty Of Innocence” are still quite thrashy but rather accessible compared with the rest, getting commercial on the choruses with that lovely backing choir. Actually, vocals are undoubtedly numerous and taking control at times, even defining some cut sequences while guitars follow them discreetly in the background. Instrumental parts aren’t that progressive on the mid-paced “Confused” and its simple weighty guitar lines or the punkish “Why You Do This” either, although both are professionally constructed and passionately executed, showing a remarkable musical diversity that escapes from the uniformity of most of thrash groups. Culmination is achieved by the final epic number “Mind Rape” particularly, along with the also slightly complicated “Shores Of Sin”. Instrumental passages become lengthier on those, with the Bay Area Thrashers trying their best to improve and increase the structures consistence, successfully.There’s no doubt about it, these Filipinos made a difference from the rest with their distinctive unique style they finally reached with this record. By 1988 thrash was the most popular metal subgenre and many bands were around playing good stuff, so the need to offer something characteristic and avoid generic sounds became evident and crucial. Death Angel were aware of that and left behind the The Ultra-Violence basic schemes to evolve and make something much more advanced. To conceive this new sound, they took inspiration from diverse music genres like funk, punk, hard rock and a bit of progressive stuff, making an unpredictable mixture that works out fine but inevitably relegates the basic thrash elements to a humble presence in most of these tunes. In fact, the heavy metal tag would definitely fit most of the compositions according to the refined nature of riffs, the dynamic though traditional disciplined tempos which refuse to go really fast and the emphasis the band puts on melody. This new direction is clearer, determined to get rid of topics and design a more mature work, very tolerant with melody as I mentioned and exploring new musical horizons most of Death Angel’s peers could have never imagined. They want to break the limitations of thrash at all cost, even if that means ignoring speed and brutality. Right or wrong, that choice certainly made nobody feel indifferent; the strictest fans might found these tracks kinda adulterated and weaker than the previous album lethal material. Some riffs series are slightly chaotic, direction is sometimes unfocused, a few instrumental passages are clumsy but it’s clear these guys did a serious honest effort.I’m sure most of us would’ve preferred a The Ultra-Violence sequel, but Death Angel were probably too inventive and ambitious to record the same LP twice back then. Were those musical modifications and experiments reasonable? It’s obvious this release was an essential step forward for the group’s development, on other hand they went too far on the following work, on which their thrash roots would be totally denied and this is where all that decay started. Once again, uniformity, enjoyable clichés and topics were proved as the truly unique elements of thrash, because very few really managed to find a late-80’s sound that reached the high results of their earliest stuff. Evolving doesn’t mean necessarily improving, at least in this case it didn’t.

Line Up:

Rob Cavestany Guitars (1982-1991, 2001-present)
See also: ex-Swarm, ex-The Organization, ex-Smokestack, ex-The Past

Mark Osegueda Vocals (1984-1991, 2001-present)
See also: ex-Swarm, All Time Highs, ex-Silver Circus, ex-The Past

Gus Pepa Guitars (1982-1991)
See also: ex-The Organization, ex-The Past

Dennis Pepa Bass (1982-1991, 2001-2008), Vocals (1982-1984)
See also: ex-The Organization

Andy Galeon Drums (1987-1990,2004,2008)
See also: ex-Swarm, Spiralarms, ex-Death Angel, ex-Depressor, ex-Big Shrimp, ex-Smokestack, ex-The Past


1. 3rd Floor 04:58
2. Road Mutants 03:45
3. Why You Do This 05:33
4. Bored 03:29
5. Devil's Metal 05:33
6. Confused 07:26
7. Guilty of Innocence 04:26
8. Open Up 05:45
9. Shores of Sin 06:30
10. Cold Gin (Kiss cover) 04:23
11. Mind Rape 05:32 (Bonus Track)

+ Video "Bored" (Official Video)

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