Dreams of Damnation - _Let the Violence Begin_
by: Aaron McKay (
What to do? Dark Angel is far and away one of my favorites. Dreams of Damnation publicize themselves as a Dark Angel replicas. I, for one, don't hear it. I -may- be alone on that, too, but I don't care. If I would not have come to understand that Jim Durkin was in this band and playing guitar, I would have -never- guessed it. Is this band good and proper in their own right? YES! Savage and severe, DoD force their scarred thrash reality upon you like a midnight stalker's wrath. For one reason or another, I am suffering from the Burning Inside syndrome (see issue #49). Dreams of Damnation's vocalist/bassist, Charlie Silva, doesn't complete the circle for me in the vocal arena. I like the whole band as a package unit and singling out the vocals is essentially nitpicking, but I don't feel comfortable saying that everything is hunky-dory here; it isn't. I surely will listen to _Let the Violence Begin_, but will it keep my interest? Only time will tell. I see better things for this band on the horizon unless the much talked about Dark Angel reunion occurs. If that happens, I'll drop DoD like a bad habit -- otherwise I -may- hold on to it like an ol' warm blanket reminding me of years long gone that by when even the mere thought of Mr. Hoglan and the boys live in concert boiled my fiercely human blood! LONG LIVE DARK ANGEL!
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