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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
It took the arrival of drummer Gene Hoglan to elevate Dark Angel above the uncultivated noise fests captured on their amateurish first album, We Have Arrived; and in many ways, their follow-up 1986 release, Darkness Descends, represents the group's true debut. From the very first crushing riff of the title track, it becomes obvious that the production values and technical discipline which had eluded the band the first time around would be brought screaming into focus on this album -- still considered a minor thrash metal classic. To be fair, Dark Angel only had a few tricks at their disposal, but they execute them extremely well. The results are a number of largely ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
It took the arrival of drummer Gene Hoglan to elevate Dark Angel above the uncultivated noise fests captured on their amateurish first album, We Have Arrived; and in many ways, their follow-up 1986 release, Darkness Descends, represents the group's true debut. From the very first crushing riff of the title track, it becomes obvious that the production values and technical discipline which had eluded the band the first time around would be brought screaming into focus on this album -- still considered a minor thrash metal classic. To be fair, Dark Angel only had a few tricks at their disposal, but they execute them extremely well. The results are a number of largely one-dimensional, but surprisingly memorable headbanging classics, including "Merciless Death," "Death Is Certain, Life Is Not," and the vicious "Perish in Flames." Over eight minutes in length, "Black Prophecies" at times sounds like a forced experiment, but it's actually the group's first stab at the progressive thrash style which would characterize subsequent releases. Under Hoglan's supervision, Dark Angel would spend the next two years refining their sound to achieve just that, but for many purists, Darkness Descends remains the band's definitive thrash statement. [Reissued by Century Media in 1998 with two bonus live tracks and much improved sound quality, Darkness Descends is a worthy discovery for committed thrashers.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/1999
  • Label: Relativity
  • UPC: 088561174927
  • Catalog Number: 1749

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dark Angel Primary Artist, Group
Jim Durkin Guitar
Mike Gonzalez Bass
Gene Hoglan Drums
Don Doty Vocals
Eric Meyer Guitar
Technical Credits
Dark Angel Producer
Casey McMackin Engineer
Steve Sinclair Executive Producer
Mark Weinberg Artwork, Art Direction
Bob Yahn Bass Engineer
Randy Burns Producer, Engineer
Eric Meyer Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Darkness Descends!!!

    This album is a total standout of the thrash/speed genre. One totally cool aspect of the album is the way it fades in on the beginning and fades out at the end of the album. totally classic. The bonus tracks are killer also. I got into this band because of an Army buddie of mine back in 1987. Baltimore Pete I owe You one!!!

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