Q (11/94, p.152) - 2 Stars - Average - "...The Philippino Californians (still active as The Organization) are among the legion claiming to have `invented speed metal'..."
Death Angel: Mark Osegueda (vocals); Rob Cavestany, Gus Pepa (guitar); Dennis Pepa (bass); Andy Galeon (drums).
Producers: Rob Cavestany, Davy Vain, Andrew Galeon.
Personnel: Mark Osegueda (vocals); Gus Pepa, Rob Cavestany (guitar); Andy Galeon (drums).
Audio Mixer: Death Angel.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (03/1988).
Photographer: Mark Leialoha.
Death Angel's second effort, 1988's Frolic Through the Park, found the band improving on its technical thrash formula, as their developing musical ability began to do their ambitious songwriting some justice. "Why You Do This," "Devil's Metal," and "Confused" are prime examples of the band's intricate sound, which, unfortunately, tended to sacrifice concise hooks and melody for overblown song structures and arrangements. The only exception turns out to be the album's strongest cut, "Bored," which shows a rare sense of humor and musical restraint. Also of note is the excellent playing of guitarist Rob Cavestany, who holds everything together with his tasteful and skillful axe work. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia