"We Have Arrived" is the first/debut album by the Thrash Metal band: "Dark Angel", It features raw and aggressive guitar riffs, fast-paced drumming, and lyrics exploring themes of violence and destruction, marking a strong entry into the thrash metal scene.

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Collectors information / Album Description:

The music industry of the 1980s witnessed an explosive growth in the hard rock and heavy metal genres, with bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath dominating the scene. In the midst of this musical revolution, a new band emerged that would challenge the status quo and pave the way for a new era of heavy metal. This band was "Dark Angel", and their debut album "We Have Arrived" was a landmark release that announced their arrival on the scene.

"Dark Angel" was formed in 1981 in Downey, California, by guitarist Jim Durkin and drummer Jack Schwartz. The band quickly gained a following in the local scene with their high-energy live performances and aggressive, thrashy sound. In 1984, the band signed with independent record label Metalstorm Records and began work on their debut album.

"We Have Arrived" was released on vinyl LP in 1985 and immediately garnered critical acclaim for its intense and uncompromising sound. The album features ten tracks of blistering thrash metal, with Durkin's lightning-fast riffs and Schwartz's thunderous drumming driving the songs forward.


Music Genre:

  Thrash Metal

Album  Production information:

The album: "We Have Arrived" was produced by: Dark Angel

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Bill Metoyer

This album was recorded at: Track Record, Hollywood

D. T. Richards - Production Coordinator
Mike Siegal - Producer
Vadim Rubin - Producer
Bill Metoyer - Sound Engineer
Track Record Studio, North Hollywood - Recording Studio
Ken Perry - Mastering Engineer
Sean Rodgers - Album cover

Bill Metoyer a well-known American music producer and sound engineer who has worked in the heavy metal genre. He has produced and engineered albums for a number of notable heavy metal bands, including Slayer, Armored Saint, and Cryptic Slaughter.

 Metoyer is known for his expertise in capturing the raw energy and intensity of heavy metal music, and for his ability to bring out the best in the bands he works with. His work has helped to define the sound of heavy metal and has had a significant impact on the genre.

 In addition to his production and engineering work, Metoyer has also been involved in other aspects of the music industry, including music education and artist development. He is highly regarded by musicians and fans alike for his contributions to the heavy metal genre, and continues to be an influential figure in the world of heavy metal music.during the 1980s he was Vice-President and in-house sound-engineer of Metal Blade Records. As such he has produced and taken care of the sound of many Heavy Metal bands. Most notable: Flotsam and Jetsam, Fates Warning, Helstar, Savage Grace, Tyrant, Slayer, Trouble, Sacred Reich, Armored Saint, Atrophy, Abattoir, Bitch, D.R.I, Dark Angel, Cryptic Slaughter, Lääz Rockit, Morbid Angel, Omen, Lizzy Borden, Mentors and many others.


Record Label Information:

  AXE Killer Records 7006

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1985 Made in France
Band Members and Musicians on: Dark Angel We Have Arrived
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Don Doty - Vocals
  • Eric Meyer - Lead Guitars
  • Jim Durkin - Guitars
  • Rob Yahn - Bass
  • Jack Schwartz - Drums

Notes on the performers on Dark Angel's We Have Arrived:

Donald "Don" Doty - Vocals. Sang in a band called "Shellshock" prior to joinig "Dark Angel" in 1983.

Eric Meyer - Guitars, Producer. Guitarist with the American Crossover Metal band "Dark Angel" from 1983 until 1992, inbetween he was music producer for bands like Bloodlust and "Recipients of Death":

James "Jim" Durkin - Guitar player. Performed in a band called "Shellshock" prior to joining "Dark Angel" in 1983.

Robert "Rob" Yahn - Bass, is from Irvine, California and performed in a band called "ShellShock" before joining "Dark Angel" in 1983

Jack Schwartz - Drums, Timeline: 1983-1984 Dark Angel 1986-1987 Holy Terror

Track Listing of: "We Have Arrived"

The Songs/tracks on "We Have Arrived" are

  1. We Have Arrived - 4:07
  2. Merciless Death - 4:28
  3. Falling from the Sky - 4:23
  4. Welcome to the Slaughterhouse - 5:23
  5. No Tomorrow - 6:30
  6. Hell's on Its Knees - 4:14
  7. Vendetta - 4:26
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Chaos and Destruction: Dark Angel's Thrash Metal Journey

Dark Angel Band Information:

 Dark Angel is a thrash metal band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. The band is known for their aggressive and fast-paced style of music, as well as their political and social commentary in their lyrics. Over the years, Dark Angel has become a highly influential band in the thrash metal genre, with many of their songs being considered classics by metal fans around the world.

 The original lineup of Dark Angel consisted of guitarist Jim Durkin, drummer Jack Schwartz, bassist Rob Yahn, and vocalist Don Doty. In 1983, the band released their debut album, "We Have Arrived," which received critical acclaim for its ferocious sound and powerful lyrics. The following year, the band released their second album, "Darkness Descends," which is widely regarded as one of the best thrash metal albums of all time. The album features blistering guitar work, thunderous drumming, and intense vocals, and it cemented Dark Angel's place as one of the most exciting bands in the thrash metal scene.

 Dark Angel continued to release successful albums throughout the 1980s, including "Leave Scars" and "Time Does Not Heal." The band's sound evolved over time, incorporating elements of progressive and experimental music into their thrash metal sound. However, in 1992, Dark Angel disbanded due to creative differences among the members.

 In 2013, Dark Angel reunited for a series of concerts, including appearances at several major metal festivals. The band has not released any new music since their reunion, but their legacy as one of the most important thrash metal bands of all time continues to live on.

 One of the defining characteristics of Dark Angel's music is the band's political and social commentary. Many of their songs address issues such as war, government corruption, and environmental destruction. For example, the song "Merciless Death" from their debut album, "We Have Arrived," is a scathing critique of the military-industrial complex and the destructive power of nuclear weapons. Similarly, the song "Time Does Not Heal" from their 1991 album of the same name, is a warning about the dangers of unchecked technological progress and its potential impact on human society.

 In addition to their music, Dark Angel has also been known for their striking visual imagery. The band's logo, which features an ominous, skeletal figure with wings, has become an iconic symbol of the thrash metal genre. The band's album covers and stage shows often feature similar imagery, evoking a sense of darkness and menace that perfectly complements their aggressive sound.

Selected Vinyl Albums
  Dark Angel - Darkness Descends 12" LP
Darkness Descends 12" LP

Under One Flag FLAG 6 , 1986 , UK

Dark Angel's 1986 album "Darkness Descends" is a thrash metal classic featuring aggressive guitar riffs, blistering drums, and violent lyrics exploring themes of war, death, and destruction.

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  Dark Angel -Leave Scars 12" LP
Leave Scars 12" LP

Under One Flag FLAG 30 , 1988 , France

Released in 1989, Leave Scars by Dark Angel is a thrash metal album with a more polished sound, featuring technical guitar work, powerful drumming, and dark lyrics exploring psychological themes of pain, suffering, and trauma.

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Live Scars 12" LP
Live Scars 12" LP

Back On Black – BOBV239LP , 2009 , UK

Live Scars is a live album released in 1990 by Dark Angel, capturing the band's intense and chaotic energy during their 1989 tour. Featuring tracks from their previous albums, it is a must-listen for fans of their early thrash metal sound.

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  Dark Angel - We Have Arrived 12" LP
We Have Arrived 12" LP

AXE Killer Records 7006 , 1985 , France

We Have Arrived is the debut album by thrash metal band Dark Angel, released in 1985. It features raw and aggressive guitar riffs, fast-paced drumming, and lyrics exploring themes of violence and destruction, marking a strong entry into the thrash metal scene.

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