|DEATH ANGEL excited Thrash Metal fans with their arrival in 1987 as the latest export from the rapidly expanding Bay Area Metal scene that threatened to engulf the world in the late 80's. The Filipino-American act marked their individuality with a good degree of technicality and soon carved out a niche fanbase. Although the band came together in 1982 it would be five years before their first album the widely admired 'The Ultra-Violence'.
The group returned in 1988 with the Enigma released 'Frolic In The Park' album and ventured over to Britain the same year to support MOTÖRHEAD. However, band activities were suspended in 1990 when the band were involved in a road accident in Arizona hospitalizing vocalist Mark Osegueda and drummer Andy Galeon.
During 1991 Geffen records, believing the name DEATH ANGEL was detrimental to the band's interests, attempted to market the band under the abbreviated moniker of D.A. to promote the band through radio play but found little interest and subsequently dropped the band. The group soldiered on performing acoustic sets billed as THE PAST but enduring a further setback Osegueda departed in the same year retiring from the music business leaving guitarist Rob Cavestany to handle lead vocals. By the end of the year the band were going under a new title THE ORGANISATION releasing two albums '94's 'Free Burning' and the follow up 'Savor The Flavor'. Dennis Pepa created THICK AS THIEVES. During 1999 Osegueda, Cavestany and Galeon created THE SWARM with new bassist Michael Isiah.
DEATH ANGEL buried the hatchet in August 2001 re-uniting for a one off gig at the 'Thrash Of The Titans' festival in aid of TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy's cancer treatment fund. DEATH ANGEL put in a 'secret' gig at The Pound venue in San Francisco in early July. Supported by DEPRESSOR, DEATH ANGEL, including stand in touring guitarist Ted Aguilar of S1FT, went under the pseudonym of KILL AS ONE. The band would also participate at the famed Dynamo Open Air festival in Holland and put on a pre event show at the Efenaar club in Eindhoven with SWARM, the side act of Andy Galeon, Rob Cavestany and Mark Osegueda acting as support.
The band's continuing resurgence would be further progressed as DEATH ANGEL were confirmed as participants in the April 2003 European 'No Mercy' festivals. The group formed up part of a heavyweight billing comprising TESTAMENT, MARDUK, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, PRO-PAIN, MALEVOLENT CREATION, DARKANE, and CALLENISH CIRCLE.