Darkness Descends

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Darkness Descends
Studio album by Dark Angel
Released November 17, 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre

Thrash metal, death metal

Length = 35:03
47:06 (Re-release)
Label Combat
Producer Randy Burns
Dark Angel chronology
We Have Arrived
(1985)
Darkness Descends
(1986)
Leave Scars
(1989)

Darkness Descends is the second studio album by the American thrash metal band Dark Angel. The album is the first to feature drummer Gene Hoglan. Rob Yahn was replaced with Mike Gonzalez by the time this album was released, however, Gonzalez was given credit over Yahn on the album sleeve. Darkness Descends was also Dark Angel's final album to feature vocalist Don Doty. The album is considered a classic in the thrash genre.[1]


Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

In August 2014, Revolver placed Darkness Descends on its "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own" list.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Darkness Descends"   Gene Hoglan Jim Durkin, Gene Hoglan 5:49
2. "The Burning of Sodom"   Durkin, Hoglan, Don Doty Durkin, Eric Meyer 3:16
3. "Hunger of the Undead"   Hoglan Durkin, Hoglan, Meyer 4:16
4. "Merciless Death"   Durkin, Doty Durkin 4:04
5. "Death Is Certain (Life Is Not)"   Hoglan Durkin, Hoglan, Meyer, Rob Yahn 4:15
6. "Black Prophecies"   Hoglan Durkin, Hoglan 8:29
7. "Perish in Flames"   Doty Durkin 4:49

1998 Century Media re-release[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
8. "Merciless Death (Live)"   Durkin, Doty Durkin 3:44
9. "Perish in Flames / Darkness Descends (Live)"   Doty / Hoglan Durkin / Durkin, Hoglan 8:27

Icarus Records 2010 Remastered Bonus Tracks:

Darkness Descends on Philiadelphia DFA Live at the Trocadero, October 23, 1988

8. "Merciless Death"

9. "Perish In Flames"

10 "Darkness Descends"

11. "The Burning Of Sodom"

12. "Death Is Certain (Life Is Not)"

Darkness Descends on Resda DFA Live at the Country Club April 22, 1989

13. "We Have Arrived"

14. "The Burning Of Sodom"

15. "Death Is Certain (Life Is Not)"

Credits[edit]

Studio[edit]

Live[edit]

Song Information[edit]

The song "Darkness Descends" is about the comic book characters known as the Dark Judges from the Judge Dredd comic book series, and even contains their famous statement, "this city is guilty, the crime is life, the sentence is death."

"Black Prophecies" deals with Nostradamus.

"Perish In Flames" deals with a nuclear apocalypse.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The History of Thrash Metal". Metal and Horror Movies. Archived from the original on April 28, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Darkness Descends at AllMusic
  3. ^ "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own". Revolver.com. August 29, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2014.