Not every band can rise up to be musical legends, but every once in a while a group is able to exceed all expectations and define the boundaries of a genre. Among one of the youngest bands to ever storm the metal world, Death Angel have come to be known as one of the most influential acts to emerge from the '80s Bay Area thrash metal scene.
Originally formed in 1982 by five cousins, including surviving members, guitarists Rob Cavestany and vocalist Mark Osegueda, Death Angel return in 2016 with The Evil Divide. The 10-track set was once again recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, FL with producer Jason Suecof, who previously worked on 2010's Relentless Retribution and 2013's The Dream Calls For Blood. Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City.
Osegueda to Rock Hard magazine: "In our minds, even if we think we're being more brutal than we've ever been, it's inevitable that we are obsessed with melody, so there's always gonna be melody that separates us from, say, different thrash bands or extreme bands, because we always veer to a melody and catchy hooks. No matter how brutal we think we're being, we like to throw in hooks, so we're just gonna carry on how we're doing now and try to pick as many of the young punters there and keep our stronghold on the old punters."