New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Death Angel

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Death Angel frontman Mark Osegueda can tell a good story. In fact, he tells a lot of great stories in this "What's In My Bag?" episode, including his very first concert experience.

"My very first concert was KISS 1979 at the Cow Palace on the Dynasty tour. I was 10. Four fifths of the original Death Angel, we all went together...I knew 10 minutes into the show, that's what I want to be when I grow up."

The legendary thrash metal band recently performed at Amoeba San Francisco to celebrate the release of their eighth full-length album, The Evil Divide. A passionate music fan, Mark took us on an anecdote-filled journey through the artists who most impacted his life, including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Nick Cave, and Elton John.

Death Angel formed in 1982 and quickly became one of the key bands in the Bay Area thrash scene. Their 1985 Kill As One demo was produced by Metallica's Kirk Hammett and caught the attention of Enigma Records, leading to the release of the band's first full-length, The Ultra-Violence, two years later. In 1988, the band released their sophomore LP, Frolic Through the Park, and embarked on their first worldwide tour. Act III followed in 1990, its two singles, "Seemingly Endless Time" and "A Room with a View" both receiving regular airplay on MTV's Headbangers Ball.

The band broke up in the '90s, although members collaborated together on other musical projects such as The Organization and Swarm. Death Angel officially reunited in 2001, with a new release, The Art of Dying, following three years later. Over the next decade, Death Angel released four more albums; in fall 2016, the band embarked on a North American tour with Slayer and Anthrax to promote their latest LP, The Evil Divide.

Pulling records out of his bag at random, Osegueda lands on David Bowie's Hunky Dory, which he calls "a masterful record," and shares how the album grabbed him as a little kid. Next up is PJ Harvey's Dry. Upon first hearing it, Osegueda says, "the production just blew me away...the songwriting, the drums and the bass, everything was, to me, just stellar." Another interesting selection was Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads. "When I discovered Nick Cave, it was just like nothing I'd ever heard," he says and he goes on to describe Nick Cave as "one of the greatest living lyricists that we have at this point."

But what is Mark Oseguesda's favorite AC/DC album? And which two bands are tattooed on his back? You'll have to watch the video below to find out:

Death Angel - What's In My Bag?
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