(c) 1996 by Lewis D'Aubin, Chris Flattmann and Keith Casebonne
I still recall the night Chris Flattmann came up with the title, and therefore the idea for this song... I was sitting in front of the computer, when Chris phoned me with a head full of ideas for my new band The Consortium of Genius. I was telling him that I wanted to riff on the METAL style, and he told me, "you know, I've always wanted to write a song called DEATH to the ANGEL of DEATH."
Well, that was enough to get me started. About five minutes later, I had the lyrics to this thing written! The very next rehearsal, we jammed out a guitar part around a basic drum loop, which I soon embellished with stupid double-bass drum licks. I also made up a sample of a gang of voices shouting 'DEATH!' and loaded that into the Tropez sound card memory.
This song was finished in time for the 2nd lecture! We decided to enact the bridge of the song live (dead?) on stage with Death himself coming through the audience, and Dr. Pinkerton shooting him dead during the middle section. It proved a popular routine and over the years many people have played the part of Death during the show. More recently the part has been represented by a phone-in that changes to suit the script.
In 1998, the purchase of an Iomega Buz finally gave me the power of nonlinear video editing (mjpeg with Premiere 4) and I decided we should immediately make a music video. This song was chosen as an obvious candidate, and so one evening we spent an hour erecting a 'graveyard' set in the empty lot across from the Secret Lab. Ed Wood would have been proud of our styrofoam tombstones and cheap wooden crosses. Alfred Richards showed up at 8:00 or so with a school board SVHS camera and proceeded to film us running through the song several times. There were many mishaps; for one, there was little attention paid to the fact that we had several black robed characters against a dark background. Keith got hit in the eye with Death's scythe. There were also several planned shots that were overlooked, but in the end, we got some video which was eventually delivered back to me on VHS and cut into our first music video. And boy does it ever show (nevertheless, it's extremely funny and entertaining, even today!)
Lead vocal......Lewis D'Aubin
Backing vocals..Lewis D'Aubin, Chris Flattmann
Recorded and mixed 1998 at C.O.G. Secret Lab, Kenner LA