Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda Talks Nonstop Touring, ‘A Thrashumentary’ DVD + More
Death Angel frontman Mark Osegueda was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. He spoke all about their continuous touring schedule and also revealed details of new Death Angel material. He also spoke about the band’s DVD titled ‘A Thrashumentary,’ which is scheduled for an early 2013 release and much more. If you missed Jackie’s show, read the full interview with Mark Osegueda below:
Happy, happy, happy and touring because that’s all we do. [Laughs]
Seriously, you guys have been on the road for two and a half years now.
Yeah, actually I think a bit longer than two and a half years – I think it’s been two years and eight months, just shy of three years.
What I’ve just discovered is that Mark has been without a phone for two weeks?
Two weeks! I lost my phone at Atlantic City, the last night of the Anthrax tour and I’ve been surviving out here. It’s been enlightening, it’s been odd.
It sounds funny to go crazy like “Oh my Gosh, two weeks without a phone” because at some point in time we were without cell phones but nowadays we look at our phones every two seconds.
It’s insane, it’s absolutely insane. I was the last of my friends to get one but now it’s gone. I ordered a new one. I lose a phone once every couple years.
Death Angel’s been on tour for a really long time and now that you’ve wrapped up a year of touring with Anthrax and Testament. What will you miss most about those guys musically and personally?
Gosh, well I just saw Frankie Bello at sound check. [Laughs]
He told me to ask you, you were supposed to bring the Fer…
Fernet Bronca, yes I love it. An Italian digestive that’s just beautiful and ugly and viscious and me and Frankie and Scott [Ian] we imbibe in that quite often on tour. I love the Anthrax guys so much, known ‘em for years — Charlie [Benante] there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for Charlie, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for Charlie, Frankie, Scott – I love all the guys Rob [Caggiano], Joey [Belladonna] they’re just wonderful. I miss them already, I miss them. Seeing Frankie I felt a little teary eyed almost, it’s like “Yeah!” When they played I would sit behind Charlie every night and just watch them play. That’s probably what I’ll miss most, just watchin’ Charlie play – he’s a freak of nature.
How does so much time with those bands plus the reaction you got while on tour with them inspire your creativity in terms of new music for the next album?
Oh in a huge way, namely that tour was so good for us – breaking into a new audience completely. So many people out there may have seen the name Death Angel that are into thrash or what not but we were playing to so many people that had never ever seen us play live so we were winning people over every night. We’re hungry obviously touring for three years straight and I think it’s going to help for the next one. The next one is just going to be vicious. [Laughs]
How much Death Angel do you hear in the current generation of younger thrash bands. What do you like most about how they’ve built upon your foundation?
I definitely hear hints here and there. We’ve played with a lot of bands who are just flat out like “You guys inspired us” and I could tell with a lot of the younger thrash bands that they’re not lying. [Laughs] I love it, I love the new wave of thrash – I think it’s great. I have two favorites at the moment right now. My two favorite bands of the new wave thrash is Suicidal Angels from Greece, they take more from the book of Slayer and I love Havoc I think those guys are just great. They’re great live, they have great attitudes and they’re fun.
I want to talk about the long awaited DVD which we’ve been hearing about for quite some time, ‘A Thrashumentary’ — it’s going to be released early 2013. Mark, in the moment living in the midst of everything, a band doesn’t necessarily see the whole big picture around them; in putting together ‘A Thrashumentary’ DVD what did you realize for the very first time about Death Angel?
That’s a fine question there. [Laughs] What did I realize about us? I think the biggest thing was how surprised I was at how many people in bands that I respect truly had a mutual respect for us. When I was looking back at the edits and some of the interviews, the things people were saying about us – it made me take a step back and it just really humbled me but also at the same time it gave me new smile lines. [Laughs]
What could you tell us about a timeline for the next Death Angel album?
Right now, the plan is to hit the studio in April and so right now we’re about eight skeletons deep, musically. Lyrically I better start grabbing that pen because Rob [Cavestany] is winning. I got to catch up.
You won’t be able to leave any voice memos for yourself, because you don’t have a phone anymore.
Yeah, exactly. The thing is, once I start writing I get in a flow and it’s going to happen. For this next record we plan on writing a good twenty, twenty-five songs and picking out the best eight, ten. We’re on fire right now, we are. [Laughs]
Full Metal Jackie will welcome Frank Bello of Anthrax on her next show. Full Metal Jackie can be heard on radio stations around the country — for a full list of stations, go to fullmetaljackieradio.com.