Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL have released their heavily anticipated new live record titled “The Bastard Tracks” today with Nuclear Blast. Recorded live at The Great American Music Hall in their hometown of San Francisco on May 22nd, 2021, and streamed live soon after, “The Bastard Tracks” is a deep cuts collection of rarely and never performed songs from the band’s celebrated catalog that’s available now digitally and on CD and Blu-Ray and will be released on vinyl on April 29th.
In conjunction with the release the band has rolled out the live video for “The Absence of Light,” which can be viewed above.
Commenting on the song, vocalist Mark Osegueda states:
“’Absence of Light’ is a song that I have been championing for since the album that it is on called ‘Relentless Retribution’ was released in 2010. It’s an extremely dark song lyrically that sits on top of this thunderous and driving riff and beat. It is not a fast song by any means. But! It’s HEAVY!! DARK and HEAVY!!!
We finally took the time to re-familiarize ourselves with it and we were all surprised how HEAVY it sounded when we all played it together in the room! I’m pretty confident it will rear its DARK and HEAVY head in some future live sets. In front of an actual audience!”
Purchase “The Bastard Tracks” here: https://bfan.link/DeathAngelTBT
Commenting on the record, Osegueda says:
“When we performed and filmed the songs for ‘The Bastard Tracks’ it was such a crazy time and having missed being able to perform live for so long was taking it’s toll on me to a certain degree as I have been a live performer for the majority of my life..
I must say…It was a pretty dark time. I know it was for so many of us…But! Music once again helped to pull us through it…It was a bit odd performing to no crowd…But! It felt great re-learning some deep tracks and getting on stage with the guys and unleashing this pent up aggression! And the response from everyone who tuned into it suggesting that we release it as an album was overwhelming! Well…Thanks to them here it is! I hope you enjoy it!”
Adding to that, guitarist Rob Cavestany says:
“Choosing and sequencing the songs for ‘The Bastard Tracks’ set list was quite a different trip. All of them had rarely (and in some instances never) been played live. We hadn’t performed in front of a live audience for over a year, the longest ever for this band. It was to be filmed live at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and then broadcast worldwide on the good ol’ inter-web! I could get into that…
From basically re-learning most of these songs to getting them as tight as they should be, we put our energy together and made it happen! I’m thankful for having had this goal to focus on during those (still) crazy earth crisis days. It gave us an important reason to get together at DA Studio and JAM! Literally the only time I’ve felt “normal” since 2020 was while we were jamming! Fortunately we’ve been able to do it a lot. Now, we proudly present the audio and visual recordings of those sessions. Turn it up!
P.S. – We cannot wait to exchange live energy with you as soon as possible!!”
DEATH ANGEL will perform a hometown show this weekend and will join TESTAMENT and EXODUS on “The Bay Area Strikes Back Tour” in Spring 2022. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.deathangel.us/tour.
DEATH ANGEL Tour Dates:
Nov 27 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Apr 9 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
Apr 10 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Apr 12 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Apr 13 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Apr 15 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Apr 16 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Apr 19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Apr 20 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Apr 21 – Austin, TX – Emos Austin
Apr 22 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
Apr 23 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Apr 25 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
Apr 26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven
Apr 27 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
Apr 28 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
Apr 30 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 1 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
May 2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
May 5 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
May 6 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 7 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
May 9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
May 10 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater & Ballroom
May 11 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
May 12 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
May 14 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
May 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
May 19 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
May 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
May 22 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
May 23 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
May 25 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades