Released: 2000, Necropolis Records
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson
Anyone remember this band? After leaving Dark Angel, guitarist Jim Durkin formed Dreams of Damnation and released one three-song 7” back in 1992. Eight years later we finally see the return of Dreams of Damnation! I only discovered that 7” a couple years ago, but nonetheless, I was anxious to get my hands on this six-song affair. Dreams of Damnation was never meant to be Dark Angel Part Two, and they sure as hell aren’t. Of course you can expect some similarities to Jim’s work on Darkness Descends and Leave Scars because he wrote all of the music on Let the Violence Begin, not to mention he’s retained that same great guitar tone. But at the same time this disc doesn’t quite match the aural intensity of the aforementioned slabs of brutality. Instead of being purely thrash, Dreams of Damnation cross over into death metal, due to some rather poor vocals. First of all, the vocals are too high in the mix. Secondly, the music calls for someone with more energy and aggression, but Charlie Silva’s just another run-of-the-mill death metal vocalist. They need someone that screams, not growls. “Demonic Celebration”, the slowest song present, is probably the only track where the vocals fit perfect. Another result of a poor mix is Jim’s guitar being somewhat buried. My only other disappointment is the lack of leads. The music on Let the Violence Begin is pretty straightforward, and guitar leads would add another needed dimension to the music. And now that I think of it, it would be nice to hear them play faster once in a while.
Overall I was rather disappointed with this release, especially considering their 7” release eight years prior not only sounds much heavier, but also has music more tastefully crafted with better arrangements. But it’s nice to hear Jim back to continue making some brutal music. With some improvements, Dreams of Damnation could absolutely crush. Necropolis Records’ web site can be found at http://www.necropolisrec.com