30+ years in Colombia's Rock Scene


DARKNESS is a powerful Rock Metal group formed in Bogotá, D.C., in 1986, considered to be one of the most emblematic and important bands of the national rock scene, whose extensive discography includes several Latin American rock classics. The group gained fame due to their skills during live performances, where the powerful set of the band makes people to not stop jumping, shouting and applauding.

The lyrics of DARKNESS, raw and scathing, reflect the feelings of a non-conformist society, addressing issues such as poverty, inequality and freedom. The music of the group has been recognized by its unique sound (a mixture of elements characteristic of Rock, Thrash, Speed ​​and Heavy Metal music) which has been strongly influenced by bands like Judas Priest, AC / DC, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Rush.

DARKNESS continues being, generation after generation, the preeminent Metal band in Colombia, an artistic reference that has contributed to culture, since it is one of the first Bogota’s metal bands that helped establish the genre in the country and who the new talents continue to venerate and emulate.

With over 30 years on the Colombian scene, innumerable presentations throughout the country, thousands of multi-generational followers, massive concerts opening for great international Metal artists such as Metallica, Exodus, Kreator, Destruction, etc., DARKNESS has influenced a good part of the Colombian Rock musicians that today are recognized artists.

The band, which over the years gained the prestige of legend, has left an indelible mark in the history of Colombian Metal, with songs that became anthems of national Rock. The firm support of thousands of fans and the good reception of their music by the Colombian rock scene, managed to establish DARKNESS as one of the most important groups in the history of Rock made in Colombia.

Press Release

Bogotá, D.C., Colombia, February 22, 2019 - DARKNESS, legendary Colombian rock metal group announces a new launch for June 21, after two years of inactivity. This new production was recorded on December 21, 2018, produced by Flemming Rasmussen (Producer of Metallica during the 80's) and was also Mixed and Mastered at Sweet Silence Studios, in Copenhagen, Denmark during January 2019.

DARKNESS returns to the artistic activity with a new line-up after officially finishing a 30-year career at Rock al Parque 2017. Singer and guitarist Rodrigo Vargas was not part of this new process nor will he be accompanying the band in the future.
The new members of DARKNESS are professional musicians and each one is a recognized artist, who has his own project. Their identity will only be revealed before the official launch of this new production.

The new song of DARKNESS is a derivative version of Metallica's classic Fade to Black, which has been reinterpreted by the Bogota band, as a tribute to their idols and musical mentors. This production acquires artistic merit as it is a new version of the first ballad launched in 1984 by the Californian group and not just a cover.

This is a version authorized and licensed by Metallica, in a negociation that took two years, including the time it took to make Flemming part of our team, whom we admire since our adolescence thanks to works such as Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets or ... And Justice for All, were he was the producer "says Oscar Orjuela, founder and drummer of DARKNESS, who is also its main composer.

Fade to Black (in Spanish) will be available only in streaming for fans starting June 21st, just the day when the night is longer in the southern hemisphere.

ABOUT DARKNESS: Recognized as a group that has contributed to the culture of Colombia, this legendary band influenced many of the musicians that today are part of the national rock scene. In 2017 they finish their 30-year career due to creative differences between their members, at which time the band was negotiating with the lawyers of Metallica, advancing the efforts to make a version of Fade to Black. This license was granted to Oscar Orjuela in 2018, so he decides to invite great musicians and friends to record this song, which constitutes the return of the legendary group DARKNESS.


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