Don Doty [ELIMINATE, ex- DARK ANGEL] Interview 08/17/2016

Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2016

Most men have a certain degree of pride and as the story goes, you can only kick a dog for so long before they lash back out and take a nasty size bite out of you. Don Doty, the man regarded by many fans as the only vocalist for thrash metal icons, DARK ANGEL but tagged as estranged from that band by the media. He has returned with something to prove and to have as much fun as he can while doing it. He is now fronting the thrash/death metal super group ELIMINATE, and they are one hell of a beast! They are rounded out by guitarist Scott Owen (ex- HIRAX, SUBVERSION), guitarist Henry Elizondo (ex- DEVASTATION), bassist John Signorelli (SUBVERSION) and drummer Joe Cangelosi (BROOKLYN MILLITIA, ex- WHIPLASH, ex- KREATOR, ex- MASSACRE).

Last month, ELIMINATE they did a short stint of CA and NV dates. The sets consisted mainly of songs from ‘Darkness Descends’ and ‘We Have Arrived’, plus two others. Scott Owen was nice enough to arrange for me to interview Don via telephone for my FACEBOOK group, A DARK UNITED FRONT, prior to going onstage in Las Vegas, NV on 08/17/2016 (see YouTube link below).


During the course of the interview, we discussed ELIMINATE and their future plans as well as how today’s metal heads compare to the metal heads from almost two generations ago. We discussed his tenure in DARK ANGEL in the eighties and what he said went down with the DARK ANGEL re-union that never happened in 2013-2014. Also, we discussed the royalties that he has never received over the last thirty years for the two DARK ANGEL albums that he made, Plus, he tells of an album that was recorded but never released by DARK ANGEL that I am sure a lot of fans would be interested in knowing about. Cheers!





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ELIMINATE live in Los Angeles, CA 0815/2016

Dark Angel – We Have Arrived (1985) FULL ALBUM (Vinyl Sound)

Dark Angel – Darkness Descends (Full Album)

DARK ANGEL live in Cypress, CA 11/02/1985


Author: Marc Pietrek

I grew up in northern California during the 1980s and have been an AVID heavy metal fan since 1982. Having experienced the Bay Area thrash metal scene first hand, thrash metal will always be at my core, However, I am also a huge fan of death metal, doom metal, traditional heavy metal, stoner rock/metal and old-school black metal. If it concerns any of those sub-genres, (to borrow a quote from Christopher Walken in 'THE KING OF NEW YORK') "I want in on it!!". Cheers, ya rivet-heads!!

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