Death Angel guitarist Rob Cavestany has just one wish for Christmas this year: that he doesn’t miss his favorite holiday altogether. But the Daly City-bred Filipino admits he’ll be cutting it pretty close. The band’s exhaustive European run on the MTV Headbanger’s Ball 2018 Tour ended Dec. 16 in Munich, Germany, and it has only a few days to high-tail it back to the Bay Area to rehearse its fifth annual X-mas shows Dec. 21-22 at Slim’s. Then, it’s back to work, mastering its ninth studio disc, recently recorded in Sanford, Fla. with producer pal Jason Suecof. “It’s so close to being done. I was tracking until the hour of heading to the airport to fly out to Copenhagen for this tour,” Cavestany says in an email from overseas. “There is just no rest for the wicked!”
You actually have your own beer now? Caster of Shame?
Yes! It’s deelish! Packs a punch at 6.7 percent. We were going for 6.66 percent but I guess it had to be rounded off at 6.7 percent. The wonderful craftsmen at Ale Industries in Oakland approached us with the idea, and the entire band was there for a tasting session before we — along with Ale Industries — decided upon an IPA and tailored the flavor and strength. Mark (Osegueda, vocalist) came up with the name “Caster of Shame” based on one of our favorite songs from our album “The Dream Calls for Blood.” Fans can buy it through Ale Industries’ website, or at their taproom in Oakland.
How has the Headbanger’s Ball tour been?
This tour has been awesome. Any time we play with Exodus it’s a killer show, always has been since the first time at the Stone in S.F. in the early ‘80s. Tonight is our 14th show in a row — no days off. That’s how we roll. We are in Ludwigsburg tonight, and it’s snowing out so we are all taking shelter in the venue or on the bus. Winter out here is cold, and yesterday in Saarbrucken was actually the first time I left the venue/bus zone and walked around town on this tour.
What’s the overall theme of the new record? And given our current creepy political climate, how angry is it?
Album title, song titles, theme, concept? It’s just not time to unveil all of that yet. Soon. Maybe we’ll announce it at our Christmas shows. But yes, given the general mayhem of humanity, as well as our love/hate relationship with the music industry (or is that hate/hate?), this album has no lack of anger. It gets dark. Really dark. But it’s balanced with a hopeful, positive energy.
IF YOU GO
Another Death Angel Xmas Show
Where: Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 21 & 22
Contact: (415) 255-0333, www.eventbrite.com