Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel has released their heavily anticipated new live record titled The Bastard Tracks today via 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 catalogue that is now available digitally, via CD and Blu-Ray. Vinyl will be released 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 below.
Commenting on the song, vocalist Mark Osegueda states: “Absence of Light is a song that I have been championing 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-familiarise ourselves with it and we were all surprised at how HEAVY it sounded when we all played it together in the room! I’m pretty confident it will rear it’s DARK and HEAVY head in some future live sets. In front of an actual audience!”
Commenting on The Bastard Tracks, 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!!”
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