Death Angel formed in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. (the home of the so-called "Bay area Thrashers") in 1982; a group of bands whose members included the likes of Anthrax, Metallica and others. Death Angel was an all-in-the-family affair consisting of five cousins, Mark Osegueda (vocals), Rob Cavestany (guitar), Gus Pepa (guitar), Denis Pepa (bass) and 12-year-old Andy Galeon (drums).
In 1986, a Death Angel demo produced by Kirk Hammett (Metallica) titled Kill As One sparked the interest of 'Enigma Records'. Their resulting debut, The Ultra-Violence (1987), featured a high-speed blast of T hrash that sold 40,000 units in its first four months. It was followed-up with 1988's Frolic Through The Park. Frolic Through The Park showed musical advancement, but their first opus was still preferred by fans. After touring with Motorhead, Bored, another track from the band's second release, highlighted the cutting-edge band's inventive dynamics, and won a spot on MTV's Headbanger's Ball. 'Geffen Records' was impressed enough with Death Angel's television premier to offer the band a deal, and Death Angel became the first band of their breed to appear on the major label's roster. The act would then experience some internal prob lems, but it was all water under the bridge by the time 1990s Act III was released.
Act III (1990) was highly acclaimed and set new highs for the Thrash genre; their technical musical skills were matched by few and competed successfully with the likes of Metallica. They also secured the position of being one of the first Thrash acts to get the aformentioned major label support. Death Angel's masterful songwriting ability was once again on display nationwide in 1990, as the videos for Seemingly Endless Time and Room With A View saw heavy rotation on MTV. Death Angel's world tour between 1986 and 1990 included two sold-out toursof Japan. in fact, nearly every date on the Act III World Tour, which included storied venues such as The Warfield Theater in San Francisco, The Ritz in New York, and England's Hammersmith Odeon, were sold out to capa , a remarkable achievement for any band, but particularly stunning for such a young group, not to mention one comprised of cousins.
To cash in on the newfound success their label would release the live recording of Fall From Grace in late1990. Their joy would be short lived, however, for while on a promotional tour shortly later, between Phoenix and Las Vegas Andy Galeon was critically injured in a bus accident. Mark Osegueda, i mpatient about the band's inactivity while Galeon recovered, decided to leave to New York to a career outside of the Music Business. The remaining members, with cured cousin, would reform as The Organization (a.k.a. "The O"), named after a track recorded on their last Death Angel release. The Organization would be short-lived releasing only two albums The Organization (1994) and Savor The Flavor (1995) on the 'Music For Nations' subsidiary 'Bullet Proof'. Three members continued on to form The Past (Rob, Andy, Dennis, Gus), Big Shrimp (Dennis, Andy), Smokestack (Rob, Andy), Silver Circus (Mark), and Swarm (Rob, Andy, Mark) ; the latter incarnation toured the United States for three months in 2001 supporting Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains).
There would be a subsequent reformation for a one off show in fall of 2001, at a cancer benefit for frontman Chuck Billy (Testament) called Thrash of the Titans. The response was so great that many offers came quickly in 2002, beginning with a "secret" sold-out gig in San Francisco under the psuedo name Kill As One. The show was a warm up for 2 dates in Holland including the famed Dynamo Open Air Festival and a pre-event show at the Efenaar club in Eindhoven which sold out before the band even arrived in Europe. Since then they have tour ed Europe as co-headliner of the No Mercy Festivals in April 2003, supporting Metallica at the Fillmore in San Francisco,Anthrax in the US, as well as a few shows with Halford. They are expecting a new album soon titled The Art Of Dying.