Metal Mind Productions presents the first CD release of the debut album by Dark Heart – “Shadow Of The Night”.
Dark Heart are one of the many bands that sprung out during the golden years of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Their recipe for success was simple – keep it fast, keep it melodic and keep it rockin’! Their album “Shadow of the Night” followed that exact pattern and proved to be a solid heavy metal release, delivering powerful riffs, sharp solos, intense drumming and melodic vocals – all the necessary ingredients for a NWOBHM classic.
The history of Dark Heart started in 1983 in Northallerton, England, after the disbandment of another heavy metal formation – Tokyo Rose. Some members of that band decided to go into a slightly different direction and start anew. Thus Dark Heart was formed, consisting of the following musicians: Alan Clark (guitar), Colin Bell (bass), Phil Brown (vocals), Steve Small (guitar) and Ian Thompson (drums). The band almost immediately got signed to Roadrunner Records and started working on their debut release at the acclaimed Guardian Studios in Durham, England. “Shadow of the Night” hit the stores in September 1984, bringing a powerful dose of Diamond Head-influenced heavy metal. All of the nine tracks included on the album contain the pure essence of NWOBHM, making the LP a true sign of its times. The highlight here are definitely the occult-inspired “Don’t Break the Circle”, the straight-forward rocker “Giving It All For Love” and the brilliant “Dangerous Games”. But Dark Heart was not afraid to go a bit off the rails with their music, for instance with the instrumental blues-rock intro to the track “Shout It Out” or the semi-ballad “Turn The Tide”. To put it simple – “Shadow of the Night” delivered a handful of excellent ideas wrapped in a 100% heavy metal package! Dark Heart eventually turned out to be a 1-album band, but their effort was not fruitless. “Shadow of the Night” to this day remains a valuable addition to every heavy music enthusiast’s collection, delivering a prime slice of NWOBHM musicianship.
New digipak edition is limited to numbered 1000 copies and digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions will release the album on 19th January in Europe and 10th March in USA (via MVD).
Dark Heart – “Shadows Of The Night” (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1251 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numbered copies)
Release date: 19.01.2009 Europe / 10.03.2009 USA
|1.||Shadows of the Night|
|3.||No Time For Turning|
|5.||Don’t Break The Circle|
|6.||Shout It Out|
|7.||Giving It All For Love|
|9.||Turn of the Tide|