Death Angel

Amager Bio, Copenhagen - 2010

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Finally we got to break the trend of only seeing Death Angel live once a year, and we owe it all to Thrashfest 2010!

Moments earlier, Suicidal Angels had warmed the room up as well as they could, and now it was time for the beginning of some good old Bay Area thrash. Was it Exodus? No, they were playing later, alongside Kreator; now it was time for Mark Osegueda, Rob Castevany, Ted Aguilar, Damien Sisson and Will ‘Kill’ Carroll to rule the school.
And schooling time it was; with this show we were taught exactly what a performing thrash band should and needs to do in order to rock the house.
Death Angel came on after a short acoustical intro, and already from the first second they were blowing us away with I Chose The Sky from their latest album, Relentless Retribution. A title well fitting the concert tonight, as Death Angel truly were relentless in their efforts at giving the best show they possibly could.
During the second song of the night, their old fan-favourite Evil Priest, the band got a good “Hey” shout-along going, and several devil horns were raised in the air in its honour.
The set was often changing from this very old material and several songs from the latest album, not surprisingly, and the only negative thing I can think of saying about it is that it was simply too damn short! With the way things were going, Death Angel could easily have jumped one position up on the billing, maybe even all the way to the top.

That the band-members themselves were happy to be playing here as well was not to be mistaken; Osegueda could clearly remember the bands last gig here in Copenhagen, in a much smaller place and with a smaller crowd he said, and now they had moved up to this place and had a lot more great people to hang with. He even commented;

”We’re not done playing, and we’re already looking forward to getting back!”

I can’t blame him, compared to the Suicidal Angels show, the crowd was really getting into it with moshing and headbanging wildly throughout, and during the last part with Thrown To The Wolves, some kid crowd-surfed up on stage, and had a great few seconds headbanging with his arm around Osegueda’s shoulders before getting out into the crowd (with some help…).

I wrote in my notes, ‘Liveliest band of the evening?’ and it has to be said that even though they were only the second act out of four, none of the others would prove to hold a candle to the force that was Death Angel. A different opinion may exist, but no one I’ve spoken to after the gig has expressed it…
In short, there was no way around it – Death Angel ruled this night!


I Chose The Sky
Evil Priest
Buried Alive
Mistress Of Pain
Claws In So Deep
Seemingly Endless Pain
River Of Rapture
The Ultra-Violence / Thrown To The Wolves

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