Band: Death Angel.
Personnel: Rob Cavestany, lead guitar; Mark Osegueda, vocals; Gus Pepa, guitar; Andy Galeon, drums; Dennis Pepa, bass.
History: It's not every day that you find a speed-metal band featuring five teen-age Filipino-American cousins. But that's the profile of upstart thrashers Death Angel. Formed as a quartet in 1982, the group initially featured Cavestany, now 18, Galeon, 14, and Gus and Dennis Pepa, both 19. Bassist Dennis Pepa was also the group's singer until vocalist Osegueda, 18, joined the ranks in 1985. The San Francisco-based group originally represented a more mainstream heavy-metal style. But after the emergence of Bay Area speed-metallists Metallica and Exodus around 1983, Death Angel adopted the ultra-fast and abrasive style. In 1985, it recorded a demo titled "Kill as One," which was produced by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. Last April, Death Angel released its first album, "The Ultra-Violence," on Enigma Records. The LP has sold almost 50,000 copies. Contrary to the speed-metal stereotype, the members of Death Angel come across in interviews as pleasant, unaffected teen-agers--Osegueda was even student body president of his high school and a member of the choir. The band claims its aim is to be an uplifting force and that its songs "Final Death" and "The Ultra-Violence" are anti-nuclear statements.