WHITE/RED SPLATTER EDITION LIMITED TO 250 COPIES, HOUSED IN A THICK GATEFOLD COVER WITH CARDBOARD INSERT!
Along with Kreator and Violent Force, Darkness, from Essen, were the main protagonists of the original Thrash Metal invasion out of North Rhine-Westphalia (a predominantly working class area in the heart of Germany). The band came into being after a legendary concert at the Zeche Carl in Essen on December 1st 1984, where Destruction, Iron Angel (from Hamburg) and Tormentor, an early incarnation of Kreator, had been playing. It took a while though until Torturer (Lacky), Agony (Hartmut Schr?der), Skull (Andreas Becker) and Damager (Uwe Christophers) were ready to take off. Finally, in 1987, Darkness? first album "Death Squad" was issued on a subsidiary label of Gama Records (a small company from Southern Germany). But it was too little too late. By then, Kreator, Destruction Sodom and Tankard had already been established as the ?Big 4 of Teutonic Thrash Metal?. Two more albums followed, "Defenders Of Justice" in 1988 and the slightly more experimental "Conclusion And Revival" a year later, before the band split up. Darkness never gained the chance to take their right place in German Thrash Metal scene. Time wasn't on their side, but music surely was, since their releases were filled to the top with top notch Thrash Metal the German way. "Thrash Till Death!" collects four of the band?s best demos: ?The Evil Curse? (1985), ?Titanic War? (1986), ?Spawn Of The Dark One? (also 1986) and finally the 1987 promo tape. All songs (including the unreleased ?Voice Of Malice?) have been carefully mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony from original demo cassette sources! A true lesson in authentic German Thrash Metal.