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"Into the Dark Past"

(8/10) You might have missed the eighties for whatever reason? No Remorse Records can help you since the label provides you with some metal stuff out of this great period.

The newst re-releases of the label are the first two longplayers of German speed metal band Angel Dust. It have been the days of the first German speed/thrash wave when bands like Kreator, Sodom, Paradox, Deathrow and Helloween started their career. Some lasted longer and some less long. Next to the mentioned band also Dortmund, Germany-based Angel Dust belongs to this generation.

Maybe you are familiar with the newer releases of the band, like the excellent "Bleed" album. Nowadays the sound of the quintet is more power metal with a certain progressive touch, but the early days, before the hiatus, have been wild and rough.

The first two album, "Into the Dark Past" and "To Dust You Will Decay", are classics of  German speed metal with some thrash attacks.

"Into the Dark Past" was the debut and the guys played hard and fast. The big benefit of this longplayer is the unleashed wildness that you can find back in each of the songs. Angel Dust shows already at this early stage some more complexity in their songwriting, but in the end it's a record that doesn't take prisoners.

While listening to "Into the Dark Past" again I wonder, why it hasn't got more attention in the eighties. Maybe there have been too many releases with the same kind of music in this time, maybe there have been other reasons. 

However, great that No Remorse reissues this classic of German thrash metal and finally you get this great longplayer for a fair price. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. From the Dark Past
  2. I'll Come Back
  3. Legions of Destruction
  4. Gambler
  5. Fighters Return
  6. Atomic Roar
  7. Victims of Madness
  8. Marching For Revenge
  9. Thunder of War (demo)
  10. Watchout (demo)
  11. Angel Dust (demo)
  12. Bang Your Head (demo)
  13. Marching for Revenge (demo)
  14. Gambler (demo)

 

Label: No Remorse

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2016

CD review ANGEL DUST "Into the Dark Past" (reissue) / To Dust You Will Decay" (reissue)

 

"To Dust You Will Decay"

(8/10) Two years after the debut it was "To Dust You Will Decay" that marked the next step for Angel Dust. The second strike of the Dortmund based four-piece brought the band's sound to a next level.

Angel Dust added a new singer to their line-up. S.L. Coe took over the vocal duties which made the sound far more flexible and opend new opportunities. "To Dust You Will Decay" featured still some uncompromising thrash assaults. "Into the Dark Past II", the title track and fast "The Duell" are pure metal. But those songs also show some more complex structures that become more progressive in tunes like "Mr. Inferno". At this stage Angel Dust has some parallels with Blind Guardian, something that shows the potential the band had at this stage.

But the album featured with "Stranger" also one of the most melodic songs with a pretty catchy chorus.

"To Dust You Will Decay" got some very positive reactions even though it wasn't commercially successful. In one or another way it was the beginning of the end. Some internal frictions started at that time. Things got more intense during the following tour and it was in 1989 when Angel Dust disbanded.

It took almost 10 years till the band reunited in a slightly different line-up, but that's another story. So far, when it comes to "To Dust You Will Decay", another eight points for Angel Dust and some thanks to No Remorse for making these pearls available again.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. 3rd Challenge
  2. Mr. Inferno
  3. Wings of an Angel
  4. Into the Dark Past - Chapter II
  5. The King
  6. To Dust You Will Decay
  7. Stranger
  8. The Duell
  9. Hold On
  10. Flight to Russia (Bonus)
  11. Dawn of the End (Bonus)
  12. Total Destruction (Rehearsal)
  13. Creatures of Hell (Rehearsal)
  14. Crashdown (Rehearsal)

 

Label: No Remorse

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2016

CD review ANGEL DUST "Into the Dark Past" (reissue) / To Dust You Will Decay" (reissue)
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