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Death Angel

Reunited Bay Area thrash-metal masters Death Angel have returned with The Art of Dying, the band's first album since 1990's Act III.

Death Angel has managed to record an album that mixes their classic, speedy sound with a modern twist.

"We're a live band," said lead singer Mark Osegueda during a recent phone interview. "We went for a production that was the most live-sounding."

While the music and lyrics are all over the place, inspiration for the album came from the state of the world, according to Osegueda. "The album wasn't just politically inspired, but by the state of today's music. People can be lazy with what they like; they just go by what other sources tell them to like."

The Art of Dying opens with the smashing track, "Thrown to the Wolves." A well-orchestrated acoustic-guitar solo opens the song, then it rips into a metal frenzy full of shredding guitar riffs.

Death Angel display their musical versatility throughout the album. The ending track, "Words to the Wise," is a haunting ballad combining acoustic sounds, mid-tempo riffs and beats, and passion-filled lyrics. "If hopelessness is all you see, it's what you'll get / Believe in today because the fight isn't over yet," are lyrics that symbolize the message of the track. "Prophecy," "Spirit" and "Never Me" are tracks that also highlight this powerful album.

The Art of Dying is a lesson that Death Angel is here to teach the world: Beware!

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