Dark Angel
Time Does Not Heal


3.0
good

Review

by Siamois USER (3 Reviews)
January 12th, 2012 | 23 replies | 5,111 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 9 songs, 67 minutes, 246 riffs... the excesses of this record are what makes it intriguing at times and underwhelming at others. This is also a chance to hear drummer Gene Hoglan before he reached legendary status with a wider audience.

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I became acquainted with Dark Angel thanks to a musician friend of mine. Because the guy was a damn good technical guitarist, I knew Time Does Not Heal would probably contain some interesting performances but in some ways, it surpassed my expectations.

First a little bit of history. Dark Angel is a Californian act which was spawned by the Thrash movement that took place in the early 80s. They withstood several lineup changes throughout their short tenure and never met much success. TDNH was their fourth and last album after which they closed shop. In many ways, it was their most ambitious record and it deserves some exposure to metal fans. The band is notorious for featuring the amazing Gene Hoglan in his first recordings behind a drum kit. This particular album has received a lot of praise as a technical thrash achievement at the time. It came with a sticker advertising its 67 minute playing time and the 246 riffs on display. So, how does it sound?

The album begins with the title track. Time Does Not Heal features a nice acoustic guitar melody interspersed with good old electric guitar chugging but very soon, the acoustic guitar disappears and you can throw out the window any notion that Dark Angel will use gimmicky quiet moments on this record. This is one very, very dense song, like the rest of the record. Within the first 60 seconds, the intro evolves and you already marvel at the riffing on display and notice the drumming... and just when you think the song will finally settle, it just fades out and morphs into something else, a second intro, vaguely reminiscent of a military march where Hoglan just keeps on impressing. It was quite something in 1991 and I can totally understand why soon after this release, Chuck Schuldiner asked "Gene the Machine" to join Death. It takes quite some time into this song for singer Ron Rinehart to show up but when he finally does, it's disappointing to say the least.

Rinehart's tone and delivery is not unlike a mix of Belladonna and Souza in their quieter moments but unlike these guys, he is monotonous to the extreme and... sounds like he's tone deaf more often than not. There are several instances throughout the record where his "melodies" are completely off and clash with the brilliant instrumentation. And unfortunately, his place in the mix is pretty upfront, making it difficult to ignore him. Something a lot of unsuccessful thrash band misunderstood is the role of vocals in the genre. Thrash was (correctly) seen as a counterpoint to "trad metal" and NWOBHM who often featured accomplished singers wailing prominently in the mix and were "the face" of their band. By comparison, the pioneers of thrash put every instrument at the forefront and added grit to the overall delivery. But many thrash bands that followed Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and co. seemed to think that less emphasis on traditional metal singing prowess meant not paying attention to the vocals at all when it came to their band. This was mostly the case for North American acts, who often featured a guy who can't really sing but tries to. The result of that can be disastrous and Rinehart is one of the best examples around. In comparison, the Teutonic thrash bands wisely elected not to pretend they could sing like Halford or Sean Harris and instead went all the way into harsh, gritty vocals. It works fine for bands like Kreator and Destruction. All this to say, Rinehart is quite painful on this record.

Fortunately, the music makes up for it. Several of the songs are as good as the opener, if a little less catchy. I have to repeat how dense the music is. I don't know if the album truly contains 246 riffs as advertised (someone, feel free to count and get back to me) but it certainly packs a ton of them. So much so that in some cases you wonder if they didn't go overboard. Most of the songs are over 7 minutes long, several pass the 8 minute mark and although there are great headbanging moments, the overall song construction lacks focus. Sure, the riffs are tight and nice but the overall songs themselves never reach the brilliance of the top acts in the genre. Some have labelled this album progressive thrash but I wouldn't go that far. There is certainly a focus on the technical side and as such, it may particularly appeal to rhythm guitarists (the solos are underwhelming) and drummers but this is a thrash record through and through.

I think the album features enough interesting tracks to be at least worth a listen. Standout songs other than the title track include Psychosexuality , which borrows the old traditional song Misirlou for its intro and album closer A Subtle Induction which starts innocently but soon evolves into pure chaotic thrash bliss. It's also fun to hear Gene Hoglan at that stage of his career. While he would go on to do even better with several top bands later on, this is a very energetic and inspired performance.


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Siamois
January 11th 2012



40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My very first review so any constructive comments are appreciated!

Siamois
January 12th 2012



40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, most of the songs are mediocre but there are a few moments I find very strong and I also like the raw energy and the rhythm, so I bumped by .5, from average to good.

This album is certainly nothing amazing but there were no reviews and I figured some people might be curious to find out more.

KILL
January 12th 2012



71193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

RULES

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

lostforwords
January 12th 2012



445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

very interesting record, a bit chaotic though, classic grower.

One thing about your recommendations, not Among the Living, Persistence of time is much closer (this is the "progressive" Anthrax album)

"But many thrash bands that followed Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and co. seemed to think that less emphasis on traditional metal singing prowess meant not paying attention to the vocals at all when it came to their band."

No

Siamois
January 12th 2012



40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You are spot on with that recommendation, lostofwords! I'll try and see if I can edit the recommendations. I'm still getting used to Sputnik.

seedofnothing
January 12th 2012



3425 Comments


This is the only album I haven't heard by DA. I listened to a few songs off it last night and wasn't impressed at all.

lostforwords
January 12th 2012



445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"This is the only album I haven't heard by DA. I listened to a few songs off it last night and wasn't impressed at all."

Like I said, TDNH is a grower.

By the way, this was a good review. One advice every one will give you (probably) is try to be less personal ("I believe, I think etc") in your reviews

Siamois
January 12th 2012



40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"By the way, this was a good review. One advice every one will give you (probably) is try to be less personal ("I believe, I think etc") in your reviews"

Thanks! I'll definitely keep that in mind. I just edited the recommendations and swapped AtL for PoT.

Siamois
January 12th 2012



40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"This is the only album I haven't heard by DA. I listened to a few songs off it last night and wasn't impressed at all."

Did you like their other albums? Usually, I find that people are split between Darkess Descends or Time Does Not Heal as their favorite.



TheNotrap
January 12th 2012



8029 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Mediocre songwriting.
"Pain's Invention, Madness" is the only ok song here.

Digging: Savage Grace - Master Of Disguise

seedofnothing
January 12th 2012



3425 Comments


"Did you like their other albums? Usually, I find that people are split between Darkess Descends or Time Does Not Heal as their favorite."

Only album I like by these guys is Darkness Descends, but even then I haven't listened to it in a while. This isn't a band I really come back to frequently. I prefer other thrash acts over them. Like right now, I'm jamming Artillery, owns!

Siamois
January 12th 2012



40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I only know of Artillery by name, never heard them but will check it out!

seedofnothing
January 12th 2012



3425 Comments


Bro check out first and third lp's on this site. You won't regret it!

TenebraeInvictus
January 16th 2012



56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I may have to re-evalutate my rating, but I enjoy the title track and I find An Ancient Inherited Shame quite an overwhelming song, intstrumentally and lyrically.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2012



5990 Comments


Good review, pos.


Oddly enough, I never bothered with this band, gotta check Dark Descends soon.

Digging: Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom

Siamois
January 19th 2012



40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Good review, pos.


Oddly enough, I never bothered with this band, gotta check Dark Descends soon."

Thanks, man!

Darkness Descends is more raw. To take two Exodus albums that you rated for a comparison:

Darkness Descends is more like Bounded by Blood while Time Does Not Heal is more like Fabulous disaster. Early albums just more intense, while later works a little more cerebral and crisp if that makes sense.



foxblood
October 27th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't like the vocals as much on this but damn dark angel rules

dante1991
April 16th 2013



529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really like this album, it's probably my favourite of theirs. At times it does drag though.

dante1991
April 16th 2013



529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Never understood the praise for Darkness Descends, it's a good album but just doesn't do it for me as much

foxblood
May 26th 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band kicks ass



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