San Francisco Bay Are metallers DEATH ANGEL will release their new album, “The Evil Divide”, on May 27. The CD was once again recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, DEICIDE), 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. The cover artwork was created by tattoo artist Bob Tyrrell and can be seen below.
DEATH ANGEL guitarist Rob Cavestany said: “Both Mark [Osegueda, vocals] and I had been tattooed by Bob, and when the subject of album artwork came up, we approached him to create the design. We wanted an image that would represent the idea of ‘The Evil Divide’; something beautiful, yet simultaneously wicked, hence the death moth. Bob realized our vision with mere pencil and paper, and now we proudly present to you the cover art for our eighth studio album, ‘The Evil Divide’.”
Osegueda told SFWeekly.com about working with Suecof again: “It’s the third time we’ve used him, and we couldn’t really be happier.”
He continued: “This time, all the music was written and lyrics were written with the exception of one song, which I purposely saved to write on the spot.
“Sometimes you can get a great vibe from a studio and draw inspiration from that. That song came out great.”
Mark added: “It’s got the aggressiveness of the last two records, but our songwriting has improved dramatically. Really, it sounds like DEATH ANGEL should.”
Regarding DEATH ANGEL’s mindset going into the songwriting process for the upcoming CD, Osegueda told Rock Hard magazine: “When we started working with Jason Suecof for the last two records, ‘Relentless Retribution’ and ‘The Dream Calls For Blood’, we thought we were gonna do two records intense like that and kind of go back [to the more] melodic [direction of 1990’s] ‘Act III’, but the last two records, we’ve been loving so much writing that style, and the crowds have been enjoying them so much.
“In our minds, even if we think we’re being more brutal than we’ve ever been, it’s inevitable that we are obsessed with melody, so there’s always gonna be melody that separates us from, say, different thrash bands or extreme bands, because we always veer to a melody and catchy hooks. No matter how brutal we think we’re being, we like to throw in hooks, so we’re just gonna carry on how we’re doing now and try to pick as many of the young punters there and keep our stronghold on the old punters.”
“The Evil Divide” track listing:
01. The Moth
02. Cause For Alarm
04. Father Of Lies
05. Hell To Pay
06. It Can’t Be This
07. Hatred United, United Hate
09. The Electric Cell
10. Let The Pieces Fall
+ “Making Of” DVD
DEATH ANGEL released “A Thrashumentary” in July 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The DVD was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK, LAMB OF GOD, CARCASS, TESTAMENT) of Videohammer Studios. The release also includes a full live album titled “The Bay Calls For Blood”.