Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Defenders of Justice
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
The music is made up of quite basic elements but the outcome is surprisingly fascinating. This is primarily due to the fair amount of variety and hooks included in songs, without sacrificing heaviness or speed in the proce... more »
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The music is made up of quite basic elements but the outcome is surprisingly fascinating. This is primarily due to the fair amount of variety and hooks included in songs, without sacrificing heaviness or speed in the process. Somehow this refined formula makes Darkness sound a lot better and effective than many other better-known German bands. Just take Battle To The Last or Locked as examples of tracks that initially appear pretty ordinary but eventually turn out to be quite fine pieces indeed. On this album Darkness delivered some extremely solid thrash metal that contains enough fine details to give the whole thing a boost well above the average level.
For fans of German thrash only
dismaleuphony | Massachusetts, USA | 11/27/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I picked up the reissue version of this CD on chance, which includes demo versions as well as a few other odd tracks. I had heard the disc, but not in probably 10 years - but it seems my tastes have evolved, or maybe I was in a German thrash phase at the time. The music is catchy, raw, and barely without compromise, and is strongly satisfying. However, the vocals just keep bringing this back down to an average overall value. The accent is strong and his voice just becomes tiring after hearing 16 tracks - or even 3. I hoped for a better mastering, but instead the CD is more faithful to the original sound of the 1988 original, for better or for worse.
I'd recommend this to any fan of older German thrash, who certainly doesn't mind low production or messy song arrangements. It'll make you headbang or at least remind you of days when metal was simpler, and didn't rely so much on digital recording values. However, if you're like me and wish for more clarity in your music or vocal lines that are more technical and less raw (almost punk), this perhaps is not something I'd try first. Older Kreator, Destruction, or Assassin even may be a better choice for a non-diehard fan..."