Re: Dark Angel:
I never really got into them either, I always thought of them as a second rate Thrash act. But to be fair I probably only heard DD and WHA a couple of time each. I think the only album I ever owned was 'Time Does Not Heal', and I got it at a point where I was sorta overloaded on thrash, so it never got the attention it might've deserved. So while my knee-jerk reaction is to say I don't like them, I don't have a really good reason for saying that.
Re: Black Metal:I agree with the sentiments overall; had some very interesting ideas in the early 90s, but devolved into tier-two clones pretty quickly. That said, new bands do catch my attention from time to time. This week I've been playing Batushka, Akhlys, and Mgla quite a bit.
Black Metal really waxes and wanes with me; I'll be into it for awhile, then ignore it for a long stretch, then get back into it, etc.
Re: Persistence of Time
I always liked that one too, though it's too long for its own good. I never could get into the goofy Anthrax stuff too much, so 'State of Euphooria' did nothing for me. But I liked PoT, and it aged reasonably well; better than many of its contemporaries. It's not a masterpiece, but probably the best of their later albums.
"I'm sorry Sam, we had real chemistry. But like a monkey on the sun, our love was too hot to live"