Metal!

Death Angel's Mark Osegueda: "Music brings people together. It crosses genres, racial lines"

Death Angel was formed in 1982 by four cousins who were inspired by the new wave of British heavy metal. After releasing a demo called Heavy Metal Insanity, the band enlisted its roadie, another cousin, Mark Osegueda, to be its singer -- just in time to open for the then-up-and-coming Megadeth. From there, the outfit went on to become one of the most respected thrash acts of the era.

See also: Death Angel at Summit Music Hall, Thursday, November 7

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.