Among the youngest bands ever to storm the metal genre, Death Angel has come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the thriving Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene in the early 1980s. An era when one could catch Cliff Burton (Metallica) 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 (Metallica) 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 while the rest of the band was still under 20. Pegged as the runts of the Bay Area thrash metal scene, Death Angel quickly silenced most critics with an ambitious full-frontal assault on the ears which wonderfully encapsulated the group's youthful energy.