Title: The Dark Acts (1988 - 1991)
Label: Hammer of Damnation
Style: Black Metal
This band was active between 1987 and 1991, time during which they released 5 demo tapes, all recorded in heinous conditions, during the formation years of the members as musicians. This is a compilation featuring 3 of these demos for a total of 9 tracks into 45 minutes of playing time. Unfortunately beside the fact the sound quality is below rehearsal, the compositions and execution are also primitive to say the least, but for a profane listener like I am (never heard of the band before), these tracks give me an image of how things were in those years for an inexperienced underground Extreme Metal band. One can enjoy the attempts of creating a sinister atmosphere balancing between slow and fast paced rhythms, with demented screaming vocals as lead, occasional guitar solo attempts, too. For this day and age this CD has no value, but I'm sure for those few ones already familiar with the band this compilation is a nice surprise that will bring them memories. Definitely not something I'd play again, but I guess since Hammer of Damnation released it, it has some value for the local Underground followers.
Reviewed by Adrian