Death Angel emerged from the Bay Area in the mid-eighties,
and is often mentioned in the same breath as
and others, though their unique style set them apart from the pack
just a bit.
The young family affair (the lineup consisted of two brothers and
three of their cousins, one of which was then-12-year-old drummer
debuted in 1987 with The Ultraviolence, their fastest and
heaviest album, but also their most conventional, as the followups
Frolic Through The Park and
Act III are where the band really
started to spread their wings, cultivating a loyal following with their
highly inventive take on thrash.
But following a tour bus accident, disillusionment with the music
business, and finally the
the departure of vocalist Mark Osegueda, the band was done.
Two followup bands featuring various former members emerged in the
nineties, in the forms of
both featuring styles quite different from their thrash roots.
Finally, in 2002, four of the five original members got
back together and officially reformed the band.
Since then they've released a slew of successful albums that marry
their early thrash sound with a more modern aggression, and have
re-established their position as a top-tier thrash band.