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Sorry, Europe – Death Angel not coming to a venue near you soon

Death Angel

Death Angel, the long running US thrash metal band (not to be confused with the Gene Hoglan featuring Dark Angel), announced recently via their Facebook that they have cancelled their European touring plans for this summer. Originally, the band would have been playing a number of high profile festivals across Europe, now however they will only been playing France’s Hellfest. This comes on the heels of an announcement from Megadeth, who recently cancelled their Hellfest appearance, resulting in Death Angel experiencing a prominent bump up the bill in their place. This promotion is likely the reason why the band have chosen to stick to their Hellfest commitment, compared to the others as vocalist Mark Osegueda cited “business” problems as a reason for their cancellation. Here’s the full statement:

“It’s with a heavy heart I have to inform you that the rumors you are hearing are unfortunately true…Although there is a platinum lining to this black cloud of Death Angel‘s 2014 summer festival season.

The Platinum lining is that we are very proud to announce that DEATH ANGEL WILL be playing HellFest this year! Hellfest will have the exclusive European Death Angelshow this summer!
However! Our billing on that festival has been updated.
We will now be playing on Sunday June 22! (The Black Sabbath day!) On main stage #1 in place of Megadeth who unfortunately had to cancel…and we plan to give that slot on the bill, and you metal fans the damage it deserves!

The Dark cloud I must announce is the rest of our summer tour has been cancelled…And cancelled by us.

I assure you this has NOTHING to do with the structure, or strength of the band itself! We feel the band is at its live performing peak riding on the wave of our latest Album,The Dream Calls for Blood!

It boils down to the infrastructure of the business side of this band…
Certain aspects of how this band was being handled were no longer matching up to the quality level of product we are releasing, and the live shows we’ve been unleashing!
And if we carried on that way any longer it would have damaged the core of what is us, and that is The Band!
So we are taking this time to restructure our business team to make DEATH ANGELthe strongest band that we can possibly be from the outside to the core!

The lineup is intact! The hunger is voracious! And we will be back in Europe with a full blown tour when we feel confident that we have the full arsenal, and team behind us that this band, and it’s music, and most of all you fans deserve!

We are doing all we can to expedite this process!

I know some of you will not understand this aspect of the art form known as music! But! It is a business. And hasty business choices in this art has brought down bigger than us….And we have NO intentions of being brought down!

Some of you will have negative comments, and thoughts…
But! Believe me! No one is more saddened, and disappointed about these cancellations than us…

And if you have ever seen us live I’m sure you can attest to our love for being on stage!

That being said! We’ll see you at HELLFEST!
And we plan on giving you a performance that night that will convince the naysayers that DEATH ANGEL is here to stay!
And a force to be reckoned with!

The Dream Calls for Blood!
And Death Angel is still bleeding!

Thank you!
Mark Osegueda

While you certainly can’t fault the band’s enthusiasm, it is a curious announcement to come so close to the summer season. Did the band underestimate how much money they would need to make the tour? Did they overestimate how much festivals would be willing to pay them? Were they being shafted by management? Regardless at least the band were forthcoming enough to be honest to their passionate fan base, who have mostly been incredibly supportive of this decision.

It’s a tough decision for any band to make, but Death Angel clearly feel they have made the right one. For a band that tours as much as Death Angel do, they need to be careful with their finances, as wasting money could cause them to lose out on future touring opportunities. Either way, I’m sure fans will get a chance to see them again very soon.

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