Germany’s Angel Dust released the Into The Dark Past LP in 1986 on Disaster Records (a German heavy metal label). The CD saw release via Scratch Records (another German label). The CD was pressed in Japan. (1986 was pretty early in the CD age and Japan was ahead of the curve.)
The album was the band’s debut offering. Angel Dust released another album in 1988 (To Dust You Will Decay) and then disappeared for a decade. (Angel Dust resurfaced in 1998 with a new sound, but that is of no concern to this website!)
Okay, Into The Dark Past is pretty much a pure speed metal album. I mean it is as pure as you can get. After a brief instrumental intro, the album becomes a blur of almost non stop speed. The ever-repeating snare drum is like a gatling gun firing round after round into my throbbing brain. The whole album seems like one long song to me. If speed is what your after, speed is what you will get with Into The Dark Past. There really isn’t much else.
Excluding the intro, five of the seven tracks clock in at over five minutes. I think the songs could use a little haircut. Without much variation, the merciless speed (though impressive) just drags on too much for me. It doesn’t help that the singer is rather ordinary and tuneless. I think Into The Dark Past may be better if sampled in small doses.
Most of the CD copies of Into The Dark Past you will find on eBay, or similar sites, are bootlegs.
Oh… I almost forgot. The drummer’s name was Dirk Assmuth. That really isn’t of much consequence, I just think it’s a funny sounding last name. Assmuth. He He. My score: C