DEATH ANGEL frontman Mark Osegueda recently spoke to Belgium's Concreteweb.be about the songwriting and recording process for their forthcoming "comeback" CD, "The Art of Dying". Asked how they ended up working with producer Brian Joseph Dobbs on the new album, Mark said, "He was phenomenal! He's actually someone I've met a long time ago. He was Bob Rock's head engineer, and so that's what we liked, because he used to get those tones. Since he knew the studio, he knew where to set the mikes and what not. So we wanted that, and more and less it was a conscious thing before we went into the studio. We wanted somebody who was more like an engineer to get tones. He can get the sounds that we put into words out of the speakers. And that's what we needed. So, we sat down, and saw that we saw eye-to-eye on this. And what we wanted, especially coming out of these live situations and writing on tour, was a live sounding album, with really true, warm tones! Because I think a lot of things are missing in metal today... A lot of people tend to go for the producer at the moment, and a lot of people are getting these really over-processed, unbelievably big, unrealistic sounding albums! And with us, you know, we come from the school of...we come from even things prior than things like that! We come from the school of hearing your first time 'Highway To Hell', first time hearing 'Screaming For Vengeance'. Hearing these tones that were just massive, yet believable, yet lively sounding. And that's what we pretty much wanted to achieve...you know, 'The Art of Dying' was something that made people feel like hearing the soul of the tone, which in a lot of these over-processed things, you don't even hear the soul in the guitar, nor hear the soul of the snare!"
With regards to whether there's a "connection" between him, Kirk Hammett, Bob Rock, and Brain Joseph Dobbs, Osegueda said, "Well, I did meet Dobbs via Kirk. But that was years ago, and then it became odd that I kept meeting him through other mutual friends! And eventually it just came around full circle! He also produced the MANMADEGOD record, and VOIVOD's last record. It was just really odd how his name kept coming up, and then he was also friends with mutual friends of mine in L.A.. You know, we talked to a few people, but he was the one who really stood out, and saw most eye-to-eye with us!"
Read the rest of Mark's interview with Concreteweb.be at this location.