Rob Cavestany - Death Angel
Death Angel - those Ultra-Violent Thrashers, have finally returned after a four year hiatus; disturbing the peace. The seasoned Road Mutants are primed and ready to kill as one. These voracious souls simply steal the crown away from the Lord of Hate, and the stagnant, confused, modern day thrash throng. This is the second coming of the true word to the wise organization, and they are dying to reconquer with vigilance, dole out carnal justice, and swarm those shores of seemingly endless time, with aspirations of pure angst and vim.
On their new CD: Killing Season,
they deliver a dynamic sonic beatdown which dethrones the soulless; so
open up your sewn shut eyes, stop being bored! Join me in my candid conversation
with Rob Cavestany, when words collide, as
he very enthusiastically endorses the recording of the new CD, and I shout
accolades to pure Bay Area personification of Devil's Metal.
MettleAngel: Hey brother...Wow what serendipity! I know you are running a few minutes late on this interview, but check this - I was just listening to: A Passing Thought from the Archives & Artifacts collection. I just heard the words, "Sitting by the phone..." being sung by Mark Osegueda, as my phone began to buzz. The chorus "Life isn't fair - you must be strong!" sums up my whole week! Talk about your Divine Timing!
MettleAngel: Hell Yeah, I love all your
releases. I just got my advanced copy of Killing Season yesterday, so
I've played it a few times and I'm very impressed - another crowning achievement!
MettleAngel: I could have opted to obtain the promotional digital tracks, but I wanted the actual CD, as I have all your releases. Funny, it arrived postage due; but, it is definitely worth having. I'll probably get the digipack with the DVD when it's released at the end of the month. My most cherished release by the band, is still - Frolic Through The Park. I celebrate that album's variety and originality! I actually paid a great deal for that on CD, in the early days, just to get the "Devil's Metal" bonus track. Do you ever plan to publish lyrics for this song, or Thrashes or even Kill As One?
MettleAngel: Thanks man! I mean Death Angel have always written such great songs. Each album stands out on its own. You are one of the original Bay Area thrash acts and, at that time, one of the youngest; yet you never just played thrash. With each new album, you always evolved. Frolic is so diversified with influences from all walks of metal. This is even the first time I heard Cold Gin, as I was just not into Kiss as much back then. I remember reading an interview in Heaven's Metal where you mentioned your punk influences, which were evidenced on tracks like Why You Do This, Road Mutants, Open Up, etc. I always considered you as one of the elite California creations!
MettleAngel: I can see that, I've only spun it a few times, but I'm really floored - finally a winner in 2008! So many releases this year have been over-hyped. I really dug The Art Of Dying, and so far this one kicks serious ass, too. I plan to review it later this month, after fully absorbing its essence.
MettleAngel: I agree, already after just a few listens, I keep noticing nuances, not recognized the first time. I guess, with a band as talented as Death Angel, I would not expect less. You have always transcended the norm. This is your first album produced by Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked with Shadows Fall and Rush, but also Foo Fighters and Velvet Revolver. What was it like working with him?
MettleAngel: Wow, I though he would be another Andy Sneap or Machine, and by modern standards, a dutiful detriment to tradmark Death Angel. I guess he was really working them Angels, but not in a rush?
MettleAngel: I love Loudness - old school - Law Of Devil's Land rules! Akira is the Tusk of the Jaguar himself.
MettleAngel: I'm so pleased to hear that. Listening to the CD, clearly proves that all that hard work has really paid off.
MettleAngel: I've always been influenced by your lyrics. I still quote them to this day, just ask my wife! I mean I'm a huge advocate of the runes, I studied them for years. Now, with all this Viking Metal overkill, the sacred stones and bones have become cliche'. Hell, even on the new Manowar release, they wrote their entire thanklist in runes; that is just way too pretentious. Yet, when I saw you mention the "runes" on the lyrics for Shores Of Sin, I thought it was a typo for "ruins". What I'm saying is that Death Angel have always written cutting edge lyrics, beyond the norm of everyday political or societal bullshit.
MettleAngel: Oh I know, in the late 80's all these thrash bands wrote about corrupt evangelicals, Reaganomics, war, and saving the environment. Death Angel wrote about mental illness, getting arrested, touring, and being bored! Songs like A Room With A View or Falling Asleep were not your thrash staples, even still, I so love these songs!
MettleAngel: Yeah, I saw that song and I at first thought Jesus vs. Allah. Then, I realized this is Death Angel, so I felt it was more like an "Us vs. Them" motif.
MettleAngel: Yeah like drug habits or addictions.
It's like Mindrape, I had no idea that was about Charles Mansen until
I really listened to the lyrics. I agree also with you, when you state
that Killing Season has a real punk vibe. Such vicious cuts like When
Worlds Collide, Soulless, The Noose, and Buried Alive really deliver with
that proto-punk D.C. aggression reminiscient of Minor Threat, All, Descendents,
etc. Of course, I also hear aspects of Guilty Of Innocence, Disturbing
The Peace, and Throne To The Wolves wavering.
MettleAngel: Yes I do, I always have. I am so pleased to have the privilege to speak old school mettle with you. I'll contact you at your myspace once this interview is written and posted. Thanks again!
See also: review of the album Killing Season