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The Black Angels Biography

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Birth Place: Austin, Texas, U.S.
Years Active: 2004 - Present
Genres: Psychedelic Rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative Rock

The Black Angels is a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. Formed in May 2004, the band's name derives from the Velvet Underground song "The Black Angel's Death Song."

In 2005, the Black Angels were featured on a dual-disc compilation album of psychedelic music called “Psychedelica Vol.1” from Northern Star Records. That year they also released a self-titled EP.

The group's debut LP, 2006’s “Passover” was generally well received in the underground independent rock community and was noted for its dark tones and lyrical content.

The band’s music was featured on the soundtrack of the 2007 film, “Death Sentence,” on FOX's "Fringe" and on the Showtime series “Californication.”

Their second album, “Directions to See a Ghost" was released in 2008 by Light in the Attic Records. A limited edition bonus EP, “Black Angel Exit,” was given away to those who pre-ordered “Directions to See a Ghost.”

Between October 28, 2008 and November 2, 2008, the band performed as Roky Erickson's backing band on the West Coast. The band was featured on Unkle's May 2010 release, “Where Did the Night Fall,” collaborating on a song called "Natural Selection."

The band's third album, titled “Phosphene Dream,” was released in September 2010 by Blue Horizon. This is the first album the Black Angels have released with their new label, Blue Horizon Records, having previously worked with Light in the Attic Records. The album debuted in the U.S. at #52 on the Billboard 200 Album charts and reached #10 in the Independent Albums chart.