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DARKNESS Reveals “Blood On Canvas “Album Details & Shares Lyric Video 


April 26, 2024 will see Essen, Germany-based thrashers DARKNESS unleash their most ferocious album to date! “Blood On Canvas” will be coming out on Massacre Records, the pre-sale has just started at

The new DARKNESS songs seem to be more aggressive and heavier than anything else in the band’s discography to date. Although it’s not a concept album, “Blood On Canvas” is not a mere collection of nine songs created in one period, but a multi-faceted sound painting, painted with the colors of wrath. While the album recordings had already begun in mid-October 2023, DARKNESS and guitarist Meik parted ways during the production process, meaning that “Blood On Canvas” was only recorded by the four band members Lee, Arnd, Ben and Lacky. Now, the band has welcomed a new member to their ranks, guitarist Dominik Rothe!

“We are happy to announce that Dominik Rothe has joined the formation as the new guitarist! With his impressive musical expertise, passion for guitar playing and thrash, Dominik will undoubtedly be a powerful addition to our sonic universe. We warmly invite all fans and supporters to experience Dominik at our upcoming performances and to celebrate the new album together with him and us.”

“During the first rehearsals for “Roots Of Resistance”, Lacky criticized the fact that the songs always start with an intro or a long prelude. He thought that a song could also start with a drum roll and then kick off. Then he spontaneously played one, and that’s exactly what ended up on the album,“ says guitarist Arnd about the new DARKNESS track. “Lyrically, the song has its origins in an old ’68 Sponti saying: “If you don’t fight back, you’re living wrong”. There were times when people stood up for their convictions, many fought for them, some accepted punishment or even death. The names have been forgotten today, their fight was pointless and hardly brought about any change.

What still counts are stock portfolios, wealth and profit. When people revolt or resist today, they are discredited and ridiculed. The “roots of resistance”, whoever or whatever they may have been, are buried and forgotten. What counts is “fuck, eat, watch TV”. So this song is an ode to indifference and ignorance.“

Musically, DARKNESS deliver the uncompromising and fast thrash metal they have been known for since their debut album “Death Squad” in 1987. However, the compositions on their forthcoming album are more complex and detailed than usual, without losing any of the aggression, heaviness and authenticity.

The nine songs were produced at Rambado Recording Studios in collaboration with Cornelius “Corny” Rambadt, with whom the previous albums “First Class Violence” and “Over And Out” were produced. For “Blood On Canvas”DARKNESS and producer Corny set out to create an aggressive and powerful, but also honest sound. The cover artwork was once again created by Timon Kokott, with whom DARKNESS are collaborating for the third time.



  1. Wake Up In A Rage
  2. A Couple Of Kills
  3. Night In Turmoil
  4. Human Flesh Wasted
  5. This And My Heart Beside
  6. Truth Is A Whore
  7. Defcon Four
  8. Roots Of Resistance
  9. Blood On Canvas

“Blood On Canvas” will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Digipak
  • Ltd. Vinyl LP
  • Ltd. Box Set (content: CD Digipak, flag, patch, signed autograph card)
    LP Colors: black, blue, clear (+ available via the band only: red)

Order your copy here:

Lee – Vocals
Arnd – Guitar
Dominik – Guitar
Ben – Bass
Lacky – Drums

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