Darkness: First Class Violence-2018.

Darkness:Thrash Metal from Germany.

Discography:

The Evil CurseDemo1985 
Iron ForceDemo1985 
Attack the MephistoDemo1986 
Titanic WarDemo1986 
Spawn of the Dark OneDemo1986 
Death SquadFull-length1987
Promo TapeDemo1987 
Cleans PforzheimDemo1987 
Defenders of JusticeFull-length1988
Conclusion & RevivalFull-length1989
Spawn of the Last OneDemo1989 
Bocholt Live SquadLive album2005
The DemosCompilation2008 
Thrash till Death!Compilation2015 
XXIXEP2015
The Gasoline SolutionFull-length2016
Darkness / Teutonic SlaughterSplit2017 
First Class ViolenceFull-length2018
Over and OutEP2020

Members:

LackyDrums (1984-1991, 2007, 2013-present), Vocals (1984-1986)
See also: ex-Charger, ex-Eure Erben, Fake Dealer, ex-Veracruz
ArndGuitars (1987-1991, 2007, 2013-present), Vocals (1991, 2007, 2013-2015)
See also: Sankt Velten, ex-Eure Erben, ex-Crypt
MeikGuitars (2013-present)
See also: Fashion Killers
LeeVocals (2015-present)
See also: Yuppie-Club
BenBass (2019-present)
See also: The Trill, ex-One Bullet Left

Past Members:

AgonyBass (1984-1985)
SkullGuitars (1984-1985)
DamagerGuitars (1984)
See also: ex-Sodom
RaperBass (1986-1987)
PierreGuitars (1986-1989)
See also: ex-Faithealer, ex-Jester’s March
OlliVocals (1986-1989)
(R.I.P. 1998) See also: ex-Crypt
ThomasBass (1987-1988)
See also: ex-Holy Moses
TimoBass (1988-1991)
See also: ex-Loud ‘N’ Proud, ex-Red House, ex-Veracruz
JöterGuitars (1988, 2007)
See also: The Unpleasant, ex-Eure Erben
EmmaBass (1989, 2007)
See also: Sankt Velten, ex-SP, ex-Eure Erben, ex-Scanner, ex-Ravage, ex-SRG
RayVocals (1989-1990)
(R.I.P. 2004) See also: ex-Aterial, ex-Preacher
Bony FertigmenschGuitars (1991, 2013-2014)
See also: Christ of Kather • Markus Maria Hoff, ex-Shaxul, Extinct the Scum, ex-Japanische Kampfhörspiele, ex-Obscurity (live), ex-Wortmord (live)
Christian GieslerBass (2013-2014)
See also: Extinct the Scum, Fore, ex-Kreator
DirkBass (2014-2019)
See also: Powerball, ex-Everwake, Serpentine (Deu)
ChrisGuitars (2014-2015)

One thought on “Darkness: First Class Violence-2018.

  1. autothrall, November 2nd, 2018
    Written based on this version: 2018, CD, Massacre Records.

    Say what you will about the fluxing quality of the various Teutonic second string thrashers’ reunion era records, but there’s no question that bands such as Vendetta, Accuser, Assassin, Necronomicon, Exumer and Darkness are committed to the cause. Not just taking one shot at kicking their midlife crises in the jimmies to reclaim their hopeful youths, but attempting to forge a genuine secondary career out of returning to the metals. As for Essen’s Darkness, the 2016 comeback The Gasoline Solution was a competent and well executed thrash album that, to me at least, was right on par with their 1987 cult debut Death Squad, possibly the only album that many would remember from the band. With First Class Violence, they return for more of their no-nonsense, urban thrash which eschews any and all gimmicks, bells or whistles for the pure headbanging roots of the medium.

    The results here were mixed for me. I find the album very well produced with appreciable nastiness, and lots of cool flourishes in the lead work and the atmosphere that takes me right back to a lot of US underground thrashers in the 80s, from Atrophy to Indestroy, not to mention the overt parallels to their own legendary countrymen Sodom and Kreator. However, about half of the tunes here suffer from some really banal rhythm guitar progressions that are entirely too dull and predictable. “Low Velocity Blood Spatter” is a good example, because it starts with some nice, dim harmonies and seems like it’s about to explode like a mix of Artillery’s By Inheritance and Kreator’s Coma of Souls, but then devolves into some lame moshy parts. These are saved by the fiery energy of the band, in particular the lead guitars wailing out all over the place, or the meaty drum performance. In general, they just perform far better when they’re moving along at either a faster paced with speedier picking redolent of Agent Orange, or a few of the peppier mid-paced riffs which recall Exodus.

    There’s also a similar mood or feel to a number of the tracks here where a lot of the guitar seem to blend together; don’t mistake me, they all feel flush to the artwork and atmosphere that the album is trying to present, but a few more guitar parts out of left field would have rounded it out better. The band’s newer vocalist Lee does an adequate job of delivering a nasty, sincere, splattering tone, but sometimes a bit too polished and punctual. As I mentioned before, the leads are fired up and inspiring throughout, when they erupt in tunes like “See You on the Bodyfarm” they almost always elevate their surroundings, and without any need to be overly wanky or technical. It’s largely thanks to these that First Class Violence is still an album I’d recommend to pure thrashing fans who are looking for proficiently implemented throwbacks to that 80s Golden Age, which Darkness themselves were a small part of. The Gasoline Solution was slightly better, but a tune like “Born Dead” works for me in any decade, these gentlemen don’t sleep on the execution.

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