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Courtesy of The V Club facebook page The V Club hosts metal band, Death Angel, Wednesday, April 23.

HUNTINGTON — The V Club is going to smash and bang it '80s thrash metal style come Wednesday, April 24. Kick open the doors and turn it up as California death metal influencers Death Angel roll through the V Club, 741 6th Ave. in Huntington. Doors open at 7 p.m. for those 18 and up. The show starts at 8 p.m. sharp.

Tickets are $20 in advance (link at through holdmyticket) and $25 at the door if not sold out.

Death Angel has come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the thriving Bay Area thrash metal scene in the early 1980s, an era when one could catch Cliff Burton (Metallica) at the front of the stage at Ruthie's Inn banging his head to Death Angel's inventive style, and speedy, complex arrangements.

In 1986, a Death Angel demo produced by Kirk Hammett (Metallica) titled "Kill As One" sparked the interest of Enigma Records. In 1987, Death Angel's debut, "The Ultra Violence" was released. Drummer Andy Galeon was just 14 years old at the time. The album was a full-frontal assault on the ears, buzzing with the group's youthful energy, and "The Ultra Violence" sold 40,000 copies in just four months.

Death Angel has released eight studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums and are often credited as one of the leaders of the second wave of thrash metal movement, as well as one of the "big eight" of the genre (along with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus and Overkill).

The band is touring off of its latest album, "The Evil Divide," and has a recent studio album, "Humanicide," due for release on May 31.

Also on the bill Wednesday is the heavy rock trio Mothership based out of Dallas, Texas.

Consisting of brothers Kyle Juett on bass/lead vocals, Kelley Juett on guitar/vocals, and Judge Smith on drums, these guys have created a unique sound that satisfies like a steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden, blended with the southern swagger of Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top, paired with a deadly chalice of Black Sabbath. The band has been non-stop road warriors since the release of its debut album in February 2013 on Ripple Music, successfully invading the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe playing on festival stages, night clubs and outdoors under the sun at motorcycle parties.

Rounding out the bill is regionally based, internationally known, underground groove metallers, Byzantine which has chalked up five critically acclaimed records including its latest, "The Cicada Tree" on Metal Blade Records. Byzantine is gearing up for a busy spring playing Metal in the Mountains, as well as shows in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and Virginia.

Go online at for a look at a host of other incoming national, regional and local shows. Just a few of the national shows include: After the Burial on May 2, Town Mountain on May 3, Light The Torch on May 6, Circa Survive on May 10, Colter Wall on May 11, Chris Robinson Brotherhood on May 21, The Glorious Sons on May 23, Black Stone Cherry on May 31, Hinder and Saving Abel on June 1 and Bobaflex on July 5.


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