Ted Aguilar of Death Angel

Ted
Orchid: Hey Ted!

Ted: Hey! Have you been listening to the new album?

Orchid: Yes! I’ve been listening to it a lot and it’s fucking mind blowing, especially the title track. Which songs, if any, are your particular favorites to listen to and to play?

Ted: It changes weekly to tell you the truth. As of right now, Left for Dead, Fallen, Caster of Shame and Territorial Instinct/Bloodlust are my favorite ones to listen to, but it fluctuates. Who knows, by next week it’ll probably change. We haven’t actually played the album yet, we’re starting rehearsals today! I’ll find out about two weeks into rehearsals which songs will be my favorites to play.

Orchid: With a three year gap between releases, have you been able to enjoy any downtime, or has it been constant touring and recording?

Ted: We’ve had some downtime, but it was mostly spent writing and recording. Downtime is over as of yesterday! We’re going to have intense rehearsals and then the tour starts October 17th. We’ll be touring across the US and Canada before heading to Europe. We’ll have some time off to enjoy the holidays, and so far we only have one thing booked in 2014, but there will be more touring next year.

Death Angel 'The Dream Calls For Blood'

Orchid: What, if anything, do you feel sets The Dream Calls For Blood apart from previous Death Angel albums?

Ted: It’s a dark and emotional record, more so than our previous albums. And it’s more technical in terms of the instruments. The songs are shorter and more concise, and the production has been much better. I think this new album is more fierce than anything we’ve done. We wanted to kind of make a sister album to Relentless Retribution and I think we’ve accomplished that with this album.

Orchid: Were there any specific elements of inspiration that helped foster this album?

Ted: A lot of things inspired this record. Touring off Relentless Retribution for three years and getting to know each other better, everyone in the band inspires each other. Being in another country and touring with bands like Kreator, Exodus, Sepultura, Testament, all that and life in general has really inspired us to write this record.

Orchid: What and/or who inspires you/the band in general, musically and otherwise?

Ted: We still tend to go to the classics [for inspiration], old Scorpions, Judas Priest, Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Black Sabbath and so on. Everyone in the band listens to all sorts of different things. On the last tour, Mark and I were really listening to Adele’s album 21 a lot. We love that album by Adele, she puts her experiences into words in a way that everyone can relate to. Our tastes [as a band] are all over the place with artists like P!nk, Tom Petty, Bjork and Tom Waits. We love our metal, but we really love checking out other stuff as well. If the song is catchy to our ears, then we like it. You’ve gotta love all sorts of music. Having all of that influence helps to create your own style.

Orchid: What, if you can share of course, is your craziest or most memorable road story?

Ted: There’s been a couple times where we stepped out of the bus and the bus left us there and had to come back. And you know, it’s pretty much like Groundhog’s Day on the road. Meeting all these fans is the best part of being on tour. Having to cross the Canadian border can really be a pain, you can ask any band and they’ll tell you the same thing.

Orchid: What was the crystallizing moment in your life when you knew you wanted to play music for a living?

Ted: I think it was in third grade, when I first heard AC/DC, that’s when I knew I wanted to play music. I remember listening to Led Zepplin and Metallica as well and being exposed to music at that age in general.

michael jackson

Orchid: If you could meet any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Ted: Michael Jackson. I love the Thriller and Off The Wall albums. He created new music and he was such a great artist and a great entertainer. I’d also like to meet Cliff Burton from Metallica, I respect him a lot as a musician. Randy Rhoads is another. And Prince, he’s another great entertainer.

Orchid: Are there any albums from this year that you’re listening to or are there any upcoming releases you’re excited about?

Ted: As of right now, there are two groups I’m really into. Scorpion Child, who I heard at The Rockstar Mayhem Festival, they remind me of old Led Zeppelin. Their album sounds like a rock album from back in the day. I’ve also been listening to Danko Jones, a band from Canada. They’re another great rock band, they play really good, sleazy rock and roll.

Orchid: Are there any particular bands you’d like to tour with in the future?

Ted: Number one would be Metallica, but you know we love to tour with others and step outside the box of playing with other metal bands. We’d like to tour with bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones and Dethklok, or any band that would like to tour with us and try something new in terms of working with bands who are involved in a completely different genre of music.

Orchid: Is there anything else you’d like to share with the fans?

Ted: To all our fans around the world, even in Portland, we’re looking forward to coming back and touring again. We hope everyone likes the new album because we’re really proud of it!

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