[Exclusive Interview] 5分鐘與死亡天使對話 // 5 Minutes With Death Angel

五分鐘與死亡天使對話
5 Minutes With Death Angel

“We pride ourselves on that!” Ted Aguilar, Death Angel.

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鞭金老手 Death Angel 80年代早期被稱為西岸Bay Area鞭金界先驅,樂團近年重組回歸,並決定在明天首次在香港演出,作為亞洲巡演的其中一站,勢必帶來非一般的震撼。我們昨晚有機會與他們進行獨家專訪,更談到鞭金音樂及樂團的末來,當然少不了關於明晚專場的準備細節!(今次活動亦會有多次來港演出的日本金屬樂團 Tainted Dickman 作暖場,你還在猶豫甚麼!)

Thrash metal veterans Death Angel is known for being the pioneer of the Bay Area thrash metal during their early 80’s. The band reunited in recent years and finally decided to make their first appearance in Hong Kong TOMORROW! we have a chance to talk to the band on the present and future of thrash metal, their upcoming plans and of course, what to expect in their Hong Kong show! (Tainted Dickman from Japan will be supporting DA tomorrow at TTN_. Grab your tickets now at ticketflap.com!)

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DA: Ted Aguilar @Death Angel
DJ: Dinosaur Journal

DJ: 鞭金全盛時期可要數到80年代尾,可是近年來似乎有複興的現象。Death Angel 作為thrash metal先驅,您對此流派的當前和未來的看法如何?

DA: (我們) 很高興看到年輕樂隊選擇走上鞭金的路。Thrash metal 復興運動不僅對像我們一樣樂隊有正面影響,對年輕樂隊也有同樣幫助。希望更多年輕樂手會因追隨新一代的鞭金樂隊,漸漸受到影響而加入這個流派。

DJ: 香港金屬界將這場演出形容為「今年至今最棒的鞭金活動」!那麼今次的歌單內會是經典作品佔多,還是有較多新曲?

DA: 這次的setlist將會包含不同新舊作品。我們一共出版過8張錄音室專輯,其實真的很難為每個專場挑選歌曲,但會盡量從每張專輯都演奏一兩首曲子。

DJ: Death Angel 在亞洲,尤其是日本和菲律賓,一向擁有大批的追隨者…… 多次 Sold-out巡演、為各金屬音樂節作壓軸演出 ( Pulp Summer Slam Fest!今年又再次強勢回歸!)可以分享一下今次的亞洲巡迴演出的感受嗎?

DA: (今趟的) 亞洲旅程進展很順利。樂迷、各地的朋友、風光、文化,一切一切都令人驚嘆。能夠到訪不同地方真的給我們很多靈感。這 (亞洲) 是個我們很希望能夠再次回來吸引更多樂迷的市場。

DJ: 你有什麼特別想跟香港樂迷們分享?他們在 Death Angel 這次演出中應抱什麼期望?

DA: 很高興來到香港!這是我們一直希望來演出和體文化的國家之一,已經為這晩挑選了很多歌曲,你們準備迎接著一場能量爆發的表演吧!

DJ: Death Angel 一直以鞭金作音樂主軸,你們是否仍以此為中心?會否在未來在歌曲中加入其他音樂元素?

DA: 其實 Death Angel 不斷有在創作時添加其他元素到我們的鞭金風格,這可要數到第二張專輯 Frolic Thru The Park。而到了第三張專輯 Act III,這個方向就更為明顯。我們所做的每張專輯都混合了鞭金、搖滾、朋克和其他元素。我們亦為之感到自豪!

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Death Angel – Live in Hong Kong
Opening Band 暖場樂團: Tainted Dickmen
Date 日期: 08 May 2018
Time 時間: 7pm
Venue 地點: this town needs Hidden Agenda
Address 地址: 1/F, Ocean One, 6Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong 油塘崇信街6號Ocean One 1樓
Ticket 票價: $380 (advance), $480 (walk-in) at ticketflap.com

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DJ: Thrash metal rises in the late 80s and it seems there is a revival movement of this genre in recent years. As a thrash metal pioneer, how do you see the current and possibly the future of thrash metal?

DA: It’s great to see younger bands playing thrash metal. The revival is good not only bands like us, but for the young bands as well. Hopefully, a lot of the younger generation who follows the newer thrash bands will look at who influenced them and start picking up the catalogs.

DJ: Will Death Angel stick to the thrash metal root, or have you ever considered adding other musical elements to your music?

DA: Death Angel has always been known to add other elements to our style of thrash metal. It goes way back to the 2nd album “Frolic Thru The Park”. It was more apparent on the 3rd album “Act III”.  Every album we do has a mix of thrash, rock, punk and other elements. We pride ourselves on that.

DJ: Hong Kong’s metal community has described this gig as “the best thrash metal event of the year.” Will there be more old classics or new tunes in the setlist?

DA: Our set list will consist of old and new. We have 8 studio albums. It’s hard to pick songs for a set list but we do try to play a song or two from each album.

DJ: Death Angel always have a strong, supportive fan base in Asia, especially in Japan and Philippine… sold out tours, headline of Pulp Summer Slam Fest (and returning again this year!) How’s this Asia tour so far?

DA: The Asia tour is going great. The fans, people, places, culture and everything in between have been amazing. Very inspirational to be able to visit new territories. It’s a market we would love to come back to more often to build our fans base.

DJ: Anything you want to say to your Hong Kong fans? And what should they expect in the Death Angel show?

DA: We are excited to come to Hong Kong. It’s one of the many countries we wanted to come to, to perform and experience the culture. The fans will expect a high energy show with a great selection of songs from our catalog.

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