Holland's FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rob Cavestany of San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL. You can watch the chat in three parts below.
Asked if DEATH ANGEL has already begun thinking about a follow-up to 2016's "The Evil Divide" album, Rob said: "Definitely. I have my ideas, my notes, my riff tapes and some demoed little bits here and there, but all of that is just scattered bits — there's nothing [concrete] yet. The real writing is gonna happen when we get into next year. We'll get home, we have these couple of shows in San Francisco right when we get home — we do these Christmas shows every year in our hometown — and then I'll have to at least take the holidays off to go just clear it all out, clear the slate, clear out your heart and everything. And at that point, I'll be in a different headspace at that time, and I'm very excited to then get into the studio and just really get in and just let it happen."
He continued: "I also know that we're not gonna tour too much next year, because we are gonna write and record our album next year. That's the other part that makes me nervous, because we tour a lot and we're always open to touring and we're crazy — we never say no. So all of a sudden, it's, like, 'Yeah, I thought we were gonna be writing at that time.' Like, 'Well, we're gonna go on this seven-week tour, but just write on the bus and write in the dressing room, and keep writing,' and that's fucking hard. So now I know that we're really gonna focus on working on our record. We're gonna do some touring, but not too much, where there's actual months at home where I can be in a more comfortable environment working on it, focusing on it. So that's making me more excited about writing too. 'Cause the last couple of albums, we wrote a lot of it on the road, which was cool, and the emotion and the experience of that is in those albums, but I need a different experience for creativity — I don't wanna keep doing it the same way; it's gonna get stale for that. So now I think we can get deeper into the musicality and stuff instead of just purely just getting pissed off and feeling anguish and frustration and wanting to go home or take a rest. It works to a certain extent, but I need a variety of a vibe to keep interested."
"The Evil Divide" entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 98 with first-week sales of just over 6,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales. The set followed the No. 72-peaking "The Dream Calls For Blood", which opened with around 5,400 copies back in 2013.
"The Evil Divide" was released in May 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was once again recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, DEICIDE), who previously worked on 2010's "Relentless Retribution" and 2013's "The Dream Calls For Blood". Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City. The cover artwork was created by Bob Tyrrell.