To cap off my QT's about the Unholy Trinity of 1986, I'll talk about Dark Angel's "Darkness Descends."
Even though I favor "Pleasure to Kill" out of the Unholy Trinity, I think "Darkness Descends" is a very, very close second. This Dark Angel album is like a celebration of excess, since this is one of the fastest and most intense thrash albums I've ever heard. Yeah, there's a lot of baseball cap-wearing tough-guy death metal bands that constantly abuse "brutal" musical concepts as if they're in a pissing-contest against other bands of such ilk, but "Darkness Descends" is played with intense passion for what they're doing. This makes the album all the more intense.
This album is rightfully advertised for being extremely fast, and songs like "Darkness Descends," "The Burning of Sodom," and "Merciless Death" are testaments to such a statement.
For those who love thrash metal but aren't too sharp on this album, here's some tracks to give you a good taste of what the whole album is like.
NOTE: In a few weeks from now, I'll try to write full reviews for all three UT86 albums.
I'm capping off my review of the Unholy Trinity of 1986 with Dark Angel's “Darkness Descends.” While I personally favor “Pleasure to Kill” in this trinity, “Darkness Descends” is a very, very close second to me, as this album is rife with brilliant metal riffs and blazing-fast intensity. Like all the best albums among the “top-tier” shelf of metal albums, “Darkness Descends” is overflowing with the very spirit of heavy metal. Excessive, … more