[Live Review + Photography] Death Angel – Live in Hong Kong

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這晚專場可算是充滿不尋常事件 —— 首先演出於晚上7:30正式開始,主場樂團比暖場樂團更早上台,平靜的週二晚上有重型演出,由鞭金界老手將30年來首次現身香港帶領!死亡天使 Dead Angel 80年代於三藩市組成,成為鞭金流派的先驅者之一。而在成軍的三十幾年後,樂隊終於在58日在香港進行首次演出,親自向你展示「Death Angel」的現場力量 —— 快速!震撼!真誠!

This is an unusual event in Hong Kong — very unusual that it begins at 7:30pm, unusual that there’s a thrash heavy gig on a Tuesday night, and very unusual that the legends are bringing their 30 year’s classics to the city!

Dead Angel, hailing from the Bay Area in early 80’s as pioneers in the thrash metal scene, they become one of the representatives in the genre. One 8th May, the band is making their debut performance in Hong Kong, and it has proven what the Death Angel identity is known for  —  FAST! FURIOUS! GENUINE!

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今次演出在全新 Livehouse This Town Needs」舉行,亦即是大家熟悉的Hidden Agenda 所進化出來的。工業風裝潢配備LED顯示屏和升高舞台。由於巡演時間緊迫,樂隊成員在演出結束後需要立即趕上飛往東京的航班,可以在晚上7:30已經正式開始(!)  Death Angel 選擇了最新專輯 The Evil Divide 內的 Father of Lies 2013年出版的 The Dream Calls For Blood 專輯點題曲作開始。主將 Mark Osegueda 向觀眾打招呼:「這是我們職業生涯中第一次來香港!Hope you’d have a great time!」

在樂團演出前,我們有機會與 Ted Aguilar 進行專訪,他透露因這是Death Angel首度與香港樂迷見面,當晚會嘗試從每張專輯中都挑選2-3首歌曲。演出之後我們知道他們並沒有食言喔!

The show took place at the newly open venue This Town Needs, the evolved identity of Hidden Agenda. The industrial setting is equipped with LED display and a raised stage. Because of the tight touring schedule, the show begins at 7:30pm so the band can catch the flight to Tokyo right after the show (!) This night kick off with the “Father of Lies” from their latest album ‘The Evil Divide’ and “The Dream Calls For Blood” off 2013’a album of the same name. Frontman Mark Osegueda gives the crowd a warm welcome, “This is our first time to Hong Kong in our career and we hope you’d have a great time!”

In the interview we did with Ted Aguilar before their show, he hints they will try to pick 2-3 songs from each album ’cause it’s the first time Death Angel meeting their fans here. And they do keep their promise!

Mark 一向被譽為鞭金界其中一個最優秀的歌手之一。如果你曾經在現場欣賞過他的演出 (不是只透過錄音室專集或Youtube視頻),一定會發現他廣闊的音調和顫音是多麼完美,簡直可以 pitch perfect 來形容。在演出剛開始的時候,樂團已經能夠注入瘋狂的能量,使前排觀眾不斷headbang,各成員在不同分段中展示他們的標誌性的二重奏和三重奏solo,絕對是純粹的視覺和聽覺享受。

Osegueda is known for being one of the BEST vocalist in the thrash scene. If any of you have heard him in real live (not studio recording or Youtube video), you’d be stunned on how perfect the pitch and wide vibrato is. The energy input also drive  the crowd into madness right at the very beginning of the show. Even the stage is relatively tiny for a 5-piece band, they still try to showcase their signature instrumental duo and trio skills which is a pure pleasure to watch.

Death Angel 也藉着這個現場機會,多次與分享他們音樂創作背後的理念 —— Being DifferenceMark 大聲叫喊:「要忠於自我!堅持走自己的路!」藉此介紹他們的新歌 Break Away Lost,內容均描述了走上不同道路需要的勇氣。

Death Angel also address multiple times for the idea behind their music — Being difference. “Be who you are and stick to your gun!” scream Osegueda, and later introduce their new song “Break Away” and “Lost” as both described the courage of walking onto the road of being different.

許多樂評人都稱讚 Death Angel 多年來不斷超越自己。然而,對於所有死忠來說,Ultra-Violence 永遠都是樂團的代表作,在intro一開始奏起時,整個觀眾群立即一同和唱headbang,進入mosh pit漩渦中。

Many critics have praised Death Angel for surpass themselves over the years. However, to all the die-hard fans, ‘Ultra-Violence” will forever be the representation of Death Angel. The echoes and power in the mosh pit have proved it all.

3rd FloorThe Moth 及少不了encore之作Kill As One 可算是當晚的亮點。 90分鐘的演出無可否認充滿快樂、力量和(奮力headbang/mosh pit)痛楚。如果你錯過了這次專埸,尤其是喜歡鞭金的樂迷來說,相信會十分可惜。最後 Death Angel 承諾:「We can’t wait to be back!」希望第二次死亡天使活動不用再等二十多年吧。

“3rd Floor,” “The Moth” and of course, the final encore of “Kill As One” are the highlight of the night. The 90-minute set is definitely filled with joy, energy and ache (from headbanging too hard). If you miss this, no doubt you’ll regret it especially if you’re a thrash metal listener. “We can’t wait to be back!” promised by the band. Let’s hope it doesn’t take too long for he second Death Angel.

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Death Angel  – Live in Hong Kong

Exclusive Interview – 5分鐘與死亡天使對話 5 Minutes With Death Angel
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