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Release date: 17 November 1986
Style: Bay Area thrash metal


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01. Darkness Descends
02. The Burning Of Sodom
03. Hunger Of The Undead
04. Merciless Death
05. Death Is Certain (Life Is Not)
06. Black Prophecies
07. Perish In Flames
08. Merciless Death [live] [1998 re-release bonus]
09. Perish In Flames/Darkness Descends [live] [1998 re-release bonus]
Darkness Descends On Philadelphia - DFA Live At The Trocadero, October 23rd, 1988 [2008 reissue bonus]
10. The Burning Of Sodom [live]
11. Death Is Certain (Life Is Not) [live]
12. Merciless Death [live]
13. Perish In Flames [live]
14. Darkness Descends [live]
Darkness Descends On Reseda - DFA Live At The Country Club, April 22nd, 1989 [2008 reissue bonus]
15. We Have Arrived [live]
16. The Burning Of Sodom [live]
17. Death Is Certain (Life Is Not) [live]

Top 20 albums of 1986: 14

Lyrics (9)

Don Doty - vocals
Jim Durkin - guitar
Eric Meyer - guitar
Gene Hoglan - drums
Rob Yahn - bass

Additional info
Mike Gonzalez appears as the bassist for the band in the booklet; however, it is mentioned that the bass was recorded by Rob Yahn, who left the band after the recording.

The album has been re-released by Century Media twice: in 1998 and 2008 (the so-called Black Edition with 8 bonus tracks).

Guest review by

1986 is considered a golden year for Thrash Metal releases: Master Of Puppets, Reign In Blood, Peace Sells... Dark Angel also released a CD that year called Darkness Descends. It is considered a classic by many, but I'm going to draw conclusions closer to the end.

A big change on this album is Gene Hoglan replacing Jack Schwartz on drums. As one may guess the drum work became more technical and insane, but Gene also turned out to be a great songwriter. So the lyrics written by him are impressive from the very first verse of the first song. A lot of them deal with questions of Christianity and denial of God. I can't say that I like them or share the author's opinion, but the imagery in the lyrics and word choice make me wonder if Gene Hoglan has a PhD in something. But alas this is all that is truly great about this album.

published 28.07.2008 | Comments (18)

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Vasil de Shumen Best of US THRASH [ without The Big Four ]  | #31
ChapuLviz Top 100 US Thrash Albums  | #9
Mikyz Thrashing Fury  | #49
SamuelSanchezAlvarez My Top 35 Thrash/Crossover Metal Albums  | #33
NecroGabo My Favorite 100 Metal Albums Of All Time  | #79
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Yper - 04.11.2010 at 12:35  
Rating: 10 Wow..... what kind of moron can give 6.8 to Darkness Descends? This album should not receive anything below 9...
megadeath13 - 17.11.2012 at 15:39  
  Just a "in your face" record. Nearly as fast as reign in blood.
Maco - 24.11.2012 at 04:18  
Rating: 8 Fuck this is a classic
Illog1cal - 09.05.2013 at 01:18  
Written by Guest on 17.11.2012 at 15:39

Just a "in your face" record. Nearly as fast as reign in blood.

Some of the riffing is faster actually.
Reality03 - 09.06.2013 at 15:48  
  Great Album to bang your head. Love it.
Nima.Noghan - 07.07.2013 at 22:16  
Rating: 10 Words can't describe this album !! one of the best metal albums ever
Schizonaut - 02.08.2013 at 16:38  
  Fukk 'Reign In Blood', here's "Darkness Descends"!
Reality03 - 29.09.2013 at 23:05  
  That intro of Darkness Descends, man.
indexqwest - 04.05.2015 at 19:19  
Rating: 9 A classic!

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