2016 Death Angel interview with Rob Cavestany
It has been 15 years since Bay Area thrash legends, Death Angel reformed in 2001, and nearly 35 years since the band’s inception in 1982. The quintet stand alongside the likes of Testament, Metallica and Exodus from the early 80s Bay Area thrash scene. Early albums like Frolic Through the Park and The Ultra-Violence remain influential records from the era, and remain relevant today. Guitarist Rob Cavestany founded Death Angel in 1982 with his cousins. Vocalist Mark Osegueda signed on two years later. Guitarist Ted Aguilar joined in 2001, and the rhythm section of bassist Damien Sisson and drummer Will Carroll replaced founding members Dennis Pepa and Andy Galeon in 2009, rounding out the current line-up.
On May 27, Death Angel will release the next chapter in its storied career, The Evil Divide. On St. Patrick’s Day, Metalholic caught up with Rob Cavestany, to talk about the new record, the recording process, and much more.
Cavestany does not like to talk about his perceptions of The Evil Divide as he wants the fans to establish their own thoughts when they hear it, but he did offer that the new record is definitively “Death Angel” sound wise, and continues the evolution from the band’s last two albums Relentless Retribution and The Dream Calls for Blood. While just as heavy as its predecessors, The Evil Divide, according to Rob is not as dark and has its differences.
“It’s not so dark and dismal as we felt on The Dream Calls for Blood. The sound of this album, sonically, production-wise, is a bit more organic sounding than our last couple of albums: Which I love. We’re definitely striving for that. And also I think the songwriting, stylistically it’s more varied. It pushes the envelope of our sound and songwriting style further out.”
The title of the album, The Evil Divide, as well as some of the song titles, like “Hatred United – United in Hate” seem to play right into the divisiveness going on in America right now and perpetuated by Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Rob admits that it’s playing out to the album title.
“It’s very timely,” offers Cavestany of The Evil Divide. “The funny thing is at the time when that title was being chosen, it was before that was going down. It wasn’t even specifically influenced by that particular situation but how much it applies now—I love it. Definitely, within the songs, collectively, the various messages or ideas or feelings that are being expressed in Mark’s lyrics–and the music that is cohesive with the feeling of the lyrics–is various aspects of these type of things that are dividing people, basically. Or even one’s own self within your own self.”
During the full interview which can be heard below, Cavestany also talks about working with producer Jason Suecof and how time and experience has helped Death Angel mature in the studio. He also shares stories from the studio, and talks about binge-watching television.
Death Angel will release the first single from The Evil Divide for the track “The Moth” sometime in April. You can check out the first trailer for the new record below as well. Pre-order The Evil Divide HERE.