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Among the youngest bands ever to storm the genre, Death Angel has come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the thriving Scene in the early 1980s, an era when one could catch Cliff Burton at the front of the stage at Ruthie’s Inn banging his head to Death Angel’s inventive style, and speedy, complex arrangements.

In 1986, a Death Angel demo produced by Kirk Hammett titled “Kill As One” sparked the interest of Enigma Records. Then, in 1987, Death Angel’s debut, The Ultra Violence, was released. Drummer Andy Galeon was just 14 years old at the time. The album was a full-frontal assault on the ears, buzzing with the group’s youthful energy, and The Ultra Violence sold 40,000 copies in just four months. Another innovative recording, Frolic Through the Park, followed, marking Death Angel’s evolution both lyrically and musically. “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.

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