Good, if not ground breaking Thrash Metal was delivered by DARKNESS' debut "Deathsquad" back in 1987. The band, coming from the surroundings of KREATOR, had been on one line with "Endless Pain". Also DEATHROW or FLAMES could be named as comparisons, whereas DARKNESS are not as aggressive as the first on "Riders Of Doom" and also not as dumb as the latter. Simple, raw Thrash Metal with some Punk touches and gripping shout-along choruses, from fans for fans.
Who doesn't give a damn about technical brilliance and prefers noisy thrashers like SLAUGHTER, old SACRIFICE, ONSLAUGHT or HIRAX should have a look around at Metal markets, if he could not find the album for little money, because the CD is anything but bad. And songs like the damn creative "Burial At Sea", the title song with its slight early DESTRUCTION touch or the neckbreaker "Iron Force" thunder a fat grin onto your face. (Online June 15, 2003)