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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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Image: Death Angel, pitriff, heavy metal, news, interviews, reviewsDEATH ANGEL have announced dates for their upcoming Summer European tour which begins on June 1st in Mining Austria at Metalfest Open Air. Tour dates can be seen below:

1 – Mining, Austria - Metalfest Open Air
2 – Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air
3 – Jaworzno, Poland - Metalfest Open Air

5 – Zadar, Croatia - Metalfest Open Air
7 – Milano, Italy - Metalfest Open Air
8 – Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Open Air
9 - St. Goarshausen, Germany - Metalfest Open Air
10 – Pilsen, Czech Republic - Metalfest Open Air
13 – Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club
14 – Essen, Germany - Turock
16 – Clisson, France - Hellfest 2012
17 – Bilbao, Spain - Rock Star
18 – Porto, Portugal - Hard Club
19 – Madrid, Spain - Sala Ramdall
20 – Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra
21 – Montpellier, France - Rockstore
22 – Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
23 - Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
26 - Leeds, UK - The Well
27 - Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
28 - London, UK – Underworld
29 – Bornwird, The Netherlands - Dokk'em Open Air

Death Angel guitarist Rob Cavestany recently announced that their landmark debut, The Ultra-Violence, is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will be given the reissue treatment this summer:

"I am proud to announce that we will finally make our debut album, The Ultra-Violence available after more than 10 years out of print! Digitally remastered but, not altered – it sounds leagues better than the original pressing yet retains every ounce of vibe, character and feel that we put into our first record. To coincide with this release we will be performing the full album in its entirety this summer on tour in Europe. Perhaps even select dates in other parts of the world...we shall see where this takes us. Hope you enjoy this blast from the past as we go 'old school' and bring Bay Area Thrash in its most primal form from 1987 to 2012. Join us a we celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Ultra-Violence!"

Relentless Retribution - Death Angel