Origin: Germany  
Genres: Power Metal
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Last update/review: November 7, 2015

Angel Dust

Taking their name from the Venom song, Angel Dust arrived on the German metal scene in 1986 with Into The Dark Past, a solid, crunchy Slayer-esque affair, that, while an excellent album in its own right, has little in common with the band's succeeding releases. The rhythm section of Frank Banx and Dirk Assmuth recruited three new members and the band released the more power-metal flavored To Dust You Will Decay in 1998, but by 1990 the band was done. It would be seven years before Banx and Assmuth put another new version of the band together (featuring, among others, Banx's brother Steven on keyboards), and four albums were released between 1998 and 2002 with a mostly stable lineup. By this time the band had risen to the top tier of German power metal bands, as all four albums were well received by both fans and critics. Since then, though, all has gone dark, with reports of a new album in progress surfacing in 2007, but as that never happened, the band seems to have broken up for good.

Last Lineup

Dirk Thurisch

vocals (Mercury Tide)

Bernd Aufermann

guitars (ex-Running Wild)

Christian Polhmann


Steven Bankowski


Dirk Assmuth


Former Members/Guests

S.L. Coe

vocals (ex-Scanner)

Roman Keymer

guitars/vocals (ex-Risk)

Andreas Lohrum


Vinny Lynn


Stefan K. Nauer


Ritchie Wilkison


Frank Bankowski

bass RIP: April 4, 2022, age 56


Into The Dark Past  
1986 Disaster
  1. Into The Dark Past
  2. I'll Come Back
  3. Legions Of Destruction
  4. Gambler
  5. Fighters Return
  6. Atomic Roar
  7. Victims Of Madness
  8. Marching For Revenge
  • Roman Keymer
  • Andreas Lohrum
  • Frank Bankowski
  • Dirk Assmuth

To Dust You Will Decay  
1988 Disaster
  1. 3rd Challenge
  2. Mr. Inferno
  3. Wings Of An Angel
  4. Into The Dark Past (Chapter II)
  5. The King
  6. To Dust You Will Decay
  7. Stranger
  8. The Duell
  9. Hold On
  • S.L. Coe
  • Vinny Lynn
  • Stefan K. Nauer
  • Frank Bankowski
  • Dirk Assmuth

Border Of Reality  
1998 Century Media
  1. Border Of Reality
  2. No More Faith
  3. Nightmare
  4. Centuries
  5. When I Die
  6. Where The Wind Blows
  7. Spotlight Kid
  8. Behind The Mirror
  9. Coming Home
  • Dirk Thurisch
  • Bernd Aufermann
  • Frank Bankowski
  • Steven Bankowski
  • Dirk Assmuth

1999 Century Media
  1. Bleed
  2. Black Rain
  3. Never
  4. Follow Me (Part 1)
  5. Follow Me (Part 2)
  6. Addicted ToSerenity
  7. Surrender?
  8. Sanity
  9. Liquid Angel
  • Dirk Thurisch
  • Bernd Aufermann
  • Frank Bankowski
  • Steven Bankowski
  • Dirk Assmuth
1999 Readers' Album #82

Enlighten The Darkness  
2000 Century Media
  1. Let Me Live
  2. The One You Are
  3. Enjoy!
  4. Fly Away
  5. Come Into Resistance
  6. Beneath The Silence
  7. Still I'm Bleeding
  8. I Need You
  9. First In Line
  10. Cross Of Hatred
  11. Oceans Of Tomorrow
  • Dirk Thurisch
  • Bernd Aufermann
  • Frank Bankowski
  • Steven Bankowski
  • Dirk Assmuth

Of Human Bondage  
2002 Century Media
  1. The Human Bondage
  2. Inhuman
  3. Unreal Soul
  4. Disbeliever
  5. Forever
  6. Unite
  7. Got This Evil
  8. The Cultman
  9. Freedom Awaits
  10. Killer
  • Dirk Thurisch
  • Ritchie Wilkison
  • Frank Bankowski
  • Steven Bankowski
  • Dirk Assmuth
2002 Readers' Album #83

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