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Art of Dying

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Leave it to Bay Area thrash metal pioneers Death Angel to name their recording rebirth, 14 years in the making, The Art of Dying. Oh, the irony! Never ones to play it straight, Death Angel, like their first wave of thrash inspiration, Exodus, shocked their aging fans when they courageously shrugged off the years of rust and returned to active metal duty in 2004. And because they were merely teenagers during their first run, most of the band are amazingly still in their early 30s! More importantly, they've done so in style. The Art of Dying, even while bypassing the often Byzantine arrangements heard on the group's first two albums, manages to maintain the songwriting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Leave it to Bay Area thrash metal pioneers Death Angel to name their recording rebirth, 14 years in the making, The Art of Dying. Oh, the irony! Never ones to play it straight, Death Angel, like their first wave of thrash inspiration, Exodus, shocked their aging fans when they courageously shrugged off the years of rust and returned to active metal duty in 2004. And because they were merely teenagers during their first run, most of the band are amazingly still in their early 30s! More importantly, they've done so in style. The Art of Dying, even while bypassing the often Byzantine arrangements heard on the group's first two albums, manages to maintain the songwriting focus of their third and heretofore last effort, Act III, while arguably providing a better all-around thrash experience than the latter. The race is a close one, but there's no denying that everything about The Art of Dying's frenetic, scratchy-riffed first track requisite acoustic guitar intro notwithstanding "Thrown to the Wolves," as well as the brilliantly concussive highlight "Thicker Than Blood," positively screams "old-school" thrash. In fact, except for a few very discreet trad-metal tricks, and the odd hardcore vocal or two snuck into "Five Steps to Freedom," "The Devil Incarnate," and "Prophecy," so does everything else on display here. The reasons are clear for all to see: as in their previous life, Death Angel's sound continues to be anchored by the intense drumming of Andy Galeon, and the absolutely sterling lead guitar work of Rob Cavestany, who's so damn good throughout, it's almost easy to overlook his always eye-popping contributions. Curiously, Galeon tackles lead vocals with moderate success on the sprawling "Spirit" featuring an uncommonly bluesy bridge section, while Cavestany takes over -- and we mean takes over -- on spectacular closer "Word to the Wise." Not about to be left out, bass player Gus Pepa jumps in with his own lead vocal for the hit-and-miss "Land of Blood," but it's unquestionably lead vocalist Mark Osegueda often singled out as the band's weak link the first time around who's benefited the most from the onset of age. Except for sporadic relapses to his irritating past ways during "Never Me" and the wobbly-paced "Famine," where both he and the band get a little lost in the slower momentum, Osegueda's performance on The Art of Dying is stronger, more confident, and more versatile than ever. And while we're taking a roll call here, let it be known that new guitarist Ted Aguilar acquits himself perfectly well in his first outing with the group. In summary, for a band whose potential had seemed disappointingly unfulfilled at the time of their original breakup, Death Angel have ensured that The Art of Dying serves as an act of speed metal closure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361123321
  • Catalog Number: 1233
  • Sales rank: 75,976

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thrown to the Wolves (7:26)
  2. 2 5 Steps of Freedom (4:45)
  3. 3 Thicker Than Blood (3:42)
  4. 4 The Devil Incarnate (6:05)
  5. 5 Famine (4:29)
  6. 6 Prophecy (5:09)
  7. 7 No (3:23)
  8. 8 Spirit (6:22)
  9. 9 Land of Blood (3:37)
  10. 10 Never Me (5:15)
  11. 11 Word to the Wise (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Death Angel Primary Artist
Rob Cavestany Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Dennis Pepa Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Andrew Galeon Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Mark Osegueda Vocals, Group Member
Ted Aguilar Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Death Angel Audio Production
Dan Burns Digital Editing
Andrew Galeon Composer
Brian Joseph Dobbs Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
David Paul Jr. Collins Mastering
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