30 years in Colombia's Rock Scene
Darkness has had several stages over 3 decades! It all began in the garage of a friend who said they could play the drums and the guitar and bass amplifiers loud, because he lived alone and he liked Rock, in times that almost nobody played, there was hardly any bands around and the Rock movement was just taking place.
Oscar Orjuela, had acquired a custom made drum set when he was 16 that his dad bought him because he wanted to support the talent and discipline he saw in his son! Oscar did not take long to become skilled on his instrument, playing songs of the groups that nowadays are legends as Judas Priest, AC / DC, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Rush, etc.
The former members of Darkness were Oscar Orjuela, Felipe Levy, Jorge Mc Kenzie, Harold Fajardo and Jake Cruz. Oscar and Felipe began the band because they were friends at school, one played drums and the other one played guitar. They invited Jorge to play bass and Harold was the singer. They played covers. One day, the band was in a music store right on 19th Street in downtown Bogota and Oscar reunites with Jake, whom he had met through a mutual friend, Yury Vargas. Yury has been one of the closest contributors of Darkness as Lucho Cardozo (R.I.P.) and Leo Espinoza and they are still currently working with the band in everything, as far as design, marketing and advertising is concerned, topics in which they are experts.
When Oscar rehearsed with Jake for the first time, there was a short circuit ... I mean, these two hit it off right from the start and when they played together, wrathchild by Iron Maiden, there was an immediate connection throughout art, including tastes and concepts, which led them to compose songs together that became classics of Rock in Colombia. Rodrigo Vargas was a friend of Jake’s and he proposed him as rhythm guitarist and when Oscar heard him play he immediately knew that that boy would be in Darkness, even when he was 50 years old.
Carlos Olmos, who was a classmate with Oscar, was quite a collector of music. Oscar used to go to Carlos’ home to discover new artists and he used to mimick the bassist of Iron Maiden with a tennis racket. So when Mc Kenzie leaves the band to form Neurosis, Oscar calls Olmos. For his part, Levy left the country with his family and Harold decided to go in search of his dreams, away from music.
Darkness is now formed by Oscar, Jake, Rodrigo and Olmos. Oscar and Jake entered a stage of composition and the band publishes its first original material in its EP Espias Malignos in 1989 with Jake as a singer. This recording and a couple thousand vynil copies were sponsored by Gustavo Arenas, who owned a music store on 19th Street.
Darkness had an impact on the Bogota youth since its first live show, in some bar downtown or Lotus Queen bar in Castilla, and since then the local critics welcomed them as leaders in the new Metal scene. At this point we have to mention the unconditional support of music expert / radio personality Andres Duran and his specialized program "El Expreso del Rock", who has always been part of our family and who still believes in Darkness.
A couple of years later Jake makes a life decision and dedicates full time to theology so the band becomes a power Trio and since then, Darkness made presentations throughout the country, adding followers everywhere and even drawing people from towns near the cities where they played. Javier Cano "The Zipa" played with the band for a while but fate led him to take a different path than Darkness.
In 1995 the band releases its first album, Soberania - Soberana Ironia, recorded at Audivision studios and produced by Darkness. In 1999 the band was the opening act for the first Metallica visit to Colombia in the biggest concert in the country during the twentieth century.
In 2000 Olmos travels to the United States and Oscar continues with Rodrigo and Nicolas, a bassist friend, for a while. It is at this stage, the end of 2002, when Oscar makes the decision to live indefinitely in Miami with his wife and son. Meanwhile, Rodrigo kept playing with the band as demand for Darkness, after years of effort invested, continues to increase over time. Nestor Ozuna takes the seat at the drumset and Andres Buitrago is now the bassist. This formation recorded in 2011 Guerrofobia, album produced by Rodrigo Vargas. To date, Darkness is still around, fulfilling contracts at events with international artists such as Destruction, Exodus, Kreator, Hirax, and Overkill.
In 2016 Oscar arrives from the United States and Darkness prepares to release a new EP, on December 1st at Ozzy Bar in west Bogota, which includes a new song with its video, the re-recording of two classic songs from the Espias Malignos EP and a cover from Metallica (Fade to Black with lyrics in Spanish!!).
ROCK al PARQUE 2017
Este año, la única banda distrital de trayectoria que participará con invitación directa en Rock al Parque es Darkness, y la razón es que después de tres décadas de existencia y habiendo forjado un legado de rock y metal, la banda llega a su fin y oficialmente realizará su último show en las tarimas de Rock al Parque 2017. Esta última presentación contará con Oscar Orjuela y Rodrigo Vargas, miembros originales. Una última cita con Darkness, y con la historia misma del rock de Bogotá.
XI Premios Subterranica 2017
Darkness, Mejor Artista Metal y nominados a Mejor Grabacion del año!
Darkness anuncia la cancelacion de su Presentacion en el Festival Rock USMETAL, por motivos ajenos a la organizacion
Rock Hyntiba XVII
Parque Central, Fontibon, Bogotá D.C.
Darkness anuncia la cancelacion de su Presentacion en el Festival Rock Hyntiba, por motivos ajenos a la organizacion.
Darkness en vivo!
Darkness, Grim Reaper, Icarus Falling y Herejia! No te lo puedes perder!
SUA Rock Fest
Este Jueves es Re DARKNESS
Celebramos los 30 años de la banda con el lanzamiento oficial del nuevo EP "ESTE NO ES EL PARAÍSO", que incluye:
- Nuevo single/ Nuevo vídeo
- Re Grabacion de Neurotica, una de sus legendarias canciones
Además, se presentará el nuevo Sitio Web, las redes sociales, la tienda online y las plataformas de música de DARKNESS y se realizará un Concierto memorable de reunión con dos de los miembros originales ya q también estamos celebrando el regreso del Baterista ÓSCAR ORJUELA, fundador de la banda, quien se reintegra a DARKNESS!
- $30.000 (solo efectivo en la puerta)
Puntos de Venta (Boleta Física)
- Dynasty Galería Bar - Cra 13 No. 66-10
- Rockabar - Cra 9 No 59-45
- Rolling Disc - c.c. Vía Libre - Av 19 No. 4-38 (Local 206)
- El Templo de la Música - c.c. Omni - Cra 8 No. 18-81 (Local 204)
- Alma Musical - c.c. Omni 19 - Calle 19 No. 8-43 (Local 211)
- Ozzy Bar - Avenida Boyaca No. 64F-15
- Fenix Music - Tienda Virtual - Servicio a domicilio (email@example.com)
- Rocka Rolla - Music Store - c.c. Vía Libre - Av 19 No. 4-38 (Local 206)
Todas las personas que compren su boleta durante la preventa, tendrán una fila preferencial para el ingreso y ganaran un Meet And Greet con la banda.
También ganaran un código (entregado en persona por los miembros del grupo durante el Meet And Greet) para descargar totalmente gratis el nuevo sencillo, desde la página oficial de la banda, www.darkness.rocks/musica
Info: 319 423 1172
Concierto de Disfraces
Este sábado, 29 de Octubre, estará del putas! Darkness en concierto y Fiesta de Disfraces en AlmodoBar! Mera fiesta! Nos vemos allá!
Boletería PREVENTA $10.000 (Llamar al 319 423 1172) TAQUILLA $15.000