The thrash metal commando DARKNESS hailing from Essen (Altenessen), Germany, which was one of the most creative hot-spots of thrash, besides the Bay Area, in the 1980’s. Formed in 1984, the band made a name for itself with the demo releases "Evil Curse", "Titanic War" and "Spawn Of The Dark One". From 1987 until 1989, DARKNESS released 3 studio albums. The debut, "Death Squad", is considered to be a thrash classic and helped the band in gaining a cult status in the thrash scene. Things got a bit quite around the band in 1991. Seven years later, vocalist Olli tragically passed away. Just like other veteran metal bands, DARKNESS underwent some line-up changes: Long-time band members Lacky and Arnd started looking for a stable line-up to start a comeback. They recruited guitarist Meik in 2013. Arnd passed the microphone on to Lee in late 2014, since he wanted to focus on playing guitars and background stuff. In 2015, Dirk stepped in for Christian "Spessy" Giesler on bass, because the latter was no longer able to fully commit to DARKNESS due to his main job at Kreator. Following the Keep It True Festival, and especially since 2014, DARKNESS played at well-known festivals like Turock Open Air, Storm Crusher Festival and Ruhrpott Metal Meeting. They also played numerous club shows and proved what DARKNESS stands for: Old-school thrash - brutal, fast, uncompromising and mean! "The Gasoline Solution", released in 2016, is a worthy successor to the classics "Death Squad" and "Defenders Of Justice". Now, in 2018, DARKNESS is back with a bang with the new album "First Class Violence".