|Genres:||Heavy Metal Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||thrash metal speed metal old school thrash metal|
Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1981, Dark Angel specialize in ultra-heavy thrash metal. The original line-up comprised Don Doty (vocals), Jim Durkin (guitar), Eric Meyer (guitar), Rob Yahn (bass) and Mike Andrade (drums), although the latter was quickly replaced by Jack Schwartz. Early demos saw the band sign to Azra Records, resulting in the release of We Have Arrived in 1984. Unfortunately, this was a clumsy effort that at times made them sound unrehearsed. Soon after its release, Yahn and Schwartz left to be replaced by Mike Gonzalez (bass) and Gene Hoglan (Eugene Victor Hoglan II, 31 August 1967, Dallas, Texas, USA; drums), who became the bands chief lyricist. Signing a new contract with Combat Records, they released Darkness Descends. This brutally heavy and uncompromising album, which featured the departed Yahns bass playing, showed the band to have made the transition into a tight, cohesive unit.