Dark Matter originally was the solo recording project of Dave Gilbert. A project for learning how to record at home and put songs together,which hed written. A late starter in playing, in his mid-40s, Dave bought a guitar from a work colleague and started writing songs. He then bought a small Boss digital recorder and recorded an album Dark Matter (2015) which was totally home-made. On hearing this album, Gandalfs Fist drummer Stefan Hepe asked if he could join Dave and make more music. Dave agreed and Dark Matter became a two piece. Two albums were recorded under this line up, Wood Lane (2017) and The Ghosts of Dunwich (2019). These albums were professionally self-released with Stefan taking over Mixing and Mastering duties. Dave had always dreamed of working with an incredible lead guitarist. Alex Perry, who plays in NWOBHM legends Mythra, had mentioned to Dave that hed have liked to have played some guitar on those previous albums. Rather than someone playing bits here and there, Dave asked Alex if hed become a band member. Alex agreed.