San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have completed recording the lead vocals for the follow-up to 2010’s “Relentless Retribution” for an October release via Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s seventh CD is being tracked at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER) and DEATH ANGEL guitarist Rob Cavestany handling production duties. The cover artwork is being created by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL), who also worked on “Relentless Retribution”.
Cavestany previously stated about DEATH ANGEL‘s upcoming album: “‘Relentless’ turned out the way we wanted, so we we’re taking it to the next level with the same team… We had a blast doing the last record [at AudioHammer] and now we know each other better and how well we work together.
“It was our idea all along to go directly into the studio following the end of [DEATH ANGEL‘s most recent] tour, without taking time off.
“We always take a break after an album’s touring cycle ends. You basically have to after spending so much time on the road, traveling and performing constantly. But not this time! This tour [was] the longest one we’ve ever done and that live energy is in our new songs! The glory and the heartache, it’s all there.
“That said, this is some of the heaviest, fastest, most powerful material we’ve ever created! There’s something really dark in it too… music is and always will be our outlet to vent and release the built up pressure that life deals. In the world today, we need it more than ever!!!”
“Relentless Retribution” sold 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 10 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The band’s previous album, “Killing Season”, opened with around 2,300 units back in March 2008. This number was in line with the performance of its predecessor, “The Art of Dying”, which registered a first-week sales tally of around 2,100 back in May 2004.
“Relentless Retribution” was released in the U.S. on September 14, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.