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Dark Angel – Darkness Descends

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I’m pretty sure it was spring 1987 and I was down on Atlantic Ave at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront hanging out for dark angelwhatever reason.  There was a little record store there that I can’t remember the name of.  I’m pretty sure it was an independent store and don’t hink it lasted more than a few years.  I can’t even remember if anyone was with me…maybe Robert S.  Anyhoo, we were browsing the cassettes and I saw Dark Angel’s Darkness Descends.  I immediately knew that this would be my purchase.  I had seen the ads for this in various metal mags and it was on Combat Records which had a pretty good track record of bands so far.

I remember getting in my 66′ Nova 4dr and heading back home while the tape started.  I was immediately blown away.  The drums.  Holy shit, the drums!  I remember seeing fotos in magazines of the band and the big huge drummer in shades looming over them in every foto.  I was fortunate enough to meet him earlier this decade and he was the coolest mofo in the world.

But back to this massive album.  There’s not a stinker in the bunch but my faves are Burning of Sodom, Black Prophecies and Perish In Flames.  Sure it’s a tad sloppy and severely underproduced, but it set a/the standard for early thrash and death metal in my opinion, especially for drummers.

When I finally saw them live in 1989, I got to help sing Merciless Death as the new singer said he didn’t know the lyrics that well.  I was the happiest acne-faced, bad-haired kid in Virginia Beach that night!

If you’re into classic metal and especially early thrash, you NEED this album.

I finally found the foto of Gene and me from 2001.  gene hoglan me

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  1. Definitely this album is a blast from the Metal past… very good stuff. I am going to dig around for my copy now. Story that goes with this album is something else – very cool.

    In Metal – Stone

    metalodyssey

    June 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm

  2. I first heard around late 1986 I think. I bought it without hearing a song and loved it right away. Still my favorite album of theirs.

    Mark McKinney

    June 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm

  3. holy crap!

    Love it, Mr. Mean Gene Hoglan himself. The god of thunder on the drums!

    *I used to follow his insane double bass drumming with Dark Angel (and DEATH).

    I found this post while searching for an old SYE album “Turn on the Fire”.

    This is a classic photo that I would cherish.

    I never was able to see DARK ANGEL Live unfortunately.

    “Darkness Descends” & “Merciless Death” rules in my book (on drums at least)!

    This put a smile on my face…I wonder how many Camco pedals this guy destroyed over the years!?

    Kinger (ex-thrash drummer)
    Demolish Drum Workshop

    curt king

    February 8, 2010 at 3:09 am


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