RODRIGO Y GABRIELA — the dynamic Mexican duo which became an international world-music phenomenon with its self-titled album of aggressive acoustic guitars and irresistible Latin rhythms — makes a guest appearance on the track "Claws In So Deep" from the new DEATH ANGEL album, "Relentless Retribution".
Natives of Mexico City, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero began their careers as members of TIERRA ACIDA, a heavy metal band which played on the city's underground gig circuit for seven years.
"Like a lot of Mexican youth, we were heavily influenced by American metal bands — METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA, and also SEPULTURA," Gabriela explained. "It was a full band, very loud, and for vocals, Rodrigo would just scream. We played this way for seven years."
Regarding the new DEATH ANGEL CD, Gabriela said, "The album is fantastic. It brings back the magic that metal used to have back in the days.
"Most bands lost it along the way and the new bands can't find that magic at all, but DEATH ANGEL has that magic! Also great musicianship and their individual playing is first-class! Viva el metal!"
Added Rodrigo: "It's siiiiiiiccccccckkkkk. DEATH ANGEL have brought back the proper metal memories! Great melodies, sound, solos, vocals, and drumming! What can I say? We feel so proud to be part of it!"
"Truce" and "River Of Rapture", two new songs from DEATH ANGEL, are available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The tracks come off "Relentless Retribution", which was released in the U.S. on September 14 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). The cover artwork was created by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) and can be viewed below.
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA released its latest studio CD, entitled "11:11", in September 2009 through ATO Records. The album was recorded in Ixtapa, Mexico and was produced by RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, with John Leckie co-producing two of the tracks. The effort was mixed in Wales and London by Colin Richardson, best known for his work with SLIPKNOT and TRIVIUM.
Comprising 11 new original compositions, "11:11" is the band's personal "Gracias" to 11 musicians, both past and present, who have inspired them along the way. "Atman", which is dedicated to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, features a guest appearance by TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick.