Wim S. : Darkest Color is a Greek thrash band that dates back to the late 80s and early 90s. For various reasons, however, it never came to an album release. Band leader Tom joined the band Flames (unknown to me) but he could never let go of Darkest Color completely. And now, more than twenty years later, Darkest Color finally releases an album. An album filled with songs that were written more than 25 years ago, at a time when the metal world was dominated by The Big 4. And that is clearly heard when listening to 'Deal With Pain'.
It sounds a bit dated, but that is by no means disturbing. I like to listen to that typical 80's thrash. Those riffs, those dizzying antics on the bass ('Slam Dance'): it is all there on ‘Deal With Pain’. Not to mention a raw voice reminiscent of that of James Hetfield and Chuck Billy from 25 years ago. Nostalgic therefore. Speaking of nostalgia; the band actually conjures up a cover of Holocaust through a nice chopping and pounding version of 'Death Or Glory'. Also nice. On the album you can hear guest contributions from Georg Emmanuel (Rotting Christ) and Frank Blackfire (Kreator, among others). With the exception of the midtempo pounding 'The End (Black End)' all songs are up-tempo. So you can test your neck muscles in an old-fashioned way with 'Deal With Pain', an old school thrash album.