San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, Death Angel, will released their eighth studio album, The Evil Divide via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has released a music video for the track “Lost.” The clip was directed and edited by Tommy Jones for Videohammer Studios:
Comments vocalist Mark Osegueda: “the song ‘Lost’ is very personal to me and I believe it will resonate with many. As one who has been fortunate enough to be raised In the San Francisco Bay Area (an extremely diverse region), I have made friends with people from every religion, race, sexual orientation, and genre of music fan! One thing that no one can escape, no matter what one’s beliefs are, or how well you were raised, or educated, is that one point in your life that you felt apart, or alone. It is an awful and disparaging feeling. Some are fortunate enough to have only experienced a fleeting moment of that empty feeling. More often than not though, it’s much longer than a fleeting moment, and time moves no slower than when stuck in that feeling. I myself am not immune to that human experience. I find the best release for me, and what makes me feel as though I belong / am doing something right / have a quality of life that is not measured by a monetary system, is creating music! This song is for and about all who have ever been trapped in that dark hole of your own mind. This is ‘Lost’! You are not alone!”
Adds Jones: “when I first spoke to Mark about the lyrical context of the song, I realized that he was coming from 3 different mindsets, or 3 different narratives that would lead someone to feeling ‘Lost’. So there was a challenge to represent these 3 scenarios into the video for the song. They were pretty heavy, current social topics in the form of religious extremism, a bad relationship riddled with drug and physical abuse, and cyber and school bullying. Each of these situations, could make a person feel ‘Lost’ as to what’s right or what’s wrong, or a sense of being trapped in a situation that in your mind you know is wrong, but being stuck in it, makes you feel ‘Lost’. I also wanted the band to seem ‘Lost’ as if they were nowhere. So the setting of the video is that they are in complete never ending blackness. The rain was a necessity. With the power that Mark is belting out the lyrics ‘rain down on me’, it was a no brainier, I saw it in my head and needed to have him singing that last chorus in the rain. So we made it rain, yo!”
The Evil Divide was once again recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, Decide), 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. Artwork was created by Bob Tyrrell.
Three decades into their celebrated career, Death Angel remain as hungry as ever.
As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability define the Bay Area thrash quintet’s eighth full-length album, The Evil Divide [Nuclear Blast]. The group—Mark Osegueda [vocals], Rob Cavestany [lead guitar], Ted Aguilar [guitar], Will Carroll [drums], and Damien Sisson [bass]—satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of ten new anthems.
The Evil Divide stands out as the culmination of thirty-plus years of music for Death Angel. It kicked off with legendary debut, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The classic Frolic Through The Park began to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released by The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s Act III only to reunite in 2004 on Art of Dying for the next generation.
In 2008, Death Angel teamed with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush, Mastodon) for Killing Season recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606. In 2010, Relentless Retribution boasted a cameo from virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, while 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood bowed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 5,400 copies first-week and earning the group’s first-ever entry onto that respective chart.
Beyond continued public praise from the likes of James Hetfield of Metallica and Robb Flynn of Machine Head, the band’s music has popped up everywhere from Carl’s Jr. commercials to Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. Their fire burns brighter than ever in 2016.