Darkness Descends

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Darkness Descends
Studio album by Dark Angel
ReleasedNovember 17, 1986
GenreThrash metal
ProducerRandy Burns
Dark Angel chronology
We Have Arrived
Darkness Descends
Leave Scars

Darkness Descends is the second studio album by the American thrash metal band Dark Angel, released on November 17, 1986. 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 landmark in the thrash metal genre.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

In August 2014, Revolver placed Darkness Descends on its "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own" list.[3] Decibel Magazine placed it 9th on its "50 Greatest Thrash Metal Albums of All Time."[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Darkness Descends"Gene HoglanJim Durkin, Gene Hoglan5:49
2."The Burning of Sodom"Durkin, Hoglan, Don DotyDurkin, Eric Meyer3:16
3."Hunger of the Undead"HoglanDurkin, Hoglan, Meyer4:16
4."Merciless Death"Durkin, DotyDurkin4:04
5."Death Is Certain (Life Is Not)"HoglanDurkin, Hoglan, Meyer, Rob Yahn4:15
6."Black Prophecies"HoglanDurkin, Hoglan8:29
7."Perish in Flames"DotyDurkin4:49

1998 Century Media re-release[edit]

Icarus Records 2010 Remastered Bonus Tracks[edit]

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

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




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."

"Death Is Certain (Life Is Not)" deals with euthanasia.

"Black Prophecies" deals with Nostradamus.

"Perish In Flames" deals with a nuclear apocalypse.


  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.
  4. ^ "Decibel: The Top 50 Thrash Metal Albums Of All Time". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 2017-04-26.