Classics on the Metal Stream: Angel Dust – Into the Dark Past

Origin: Germany879

Genre: Speed Metal, Thrash Metal

Released in 1986 on Disaster Records

Angel Dust’s 1986 debut album, Into the Dark Past, is one of the rarest and most difficult albums to find, and when it is found it usually goes for high, high dollar. Angel Dust is best known for their proggy-power metal, but in their early days they were a speed/thrash act. While many bands of the era were of the San Francisco Bay Area style or the German thrash style, Angel Dust’s earliest work never fit into either scene and, as such, said albums fell into relative obscurity until the rise of the internet and the subsequent thrash revival. This album is chocked full of velocity and riffs, but lacks recklessness and is less barbaric than many other thrash bands, and the vocalist is suitable with his gruff raw style of barking the lyrics.

RIYL: Iron Angel, Helloween, Scanner, Exodus, Flotsam and Jetsam

Recommended Tracks:

2. I’ll Come Back

4. Gambler

5. Fighter’s Return

6. Atomic Roar

7. Victims of Madness

8. Marching For Revenge