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Darker Half

Formed: 2005
From: Sydney, Australia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Darker Half News

Below is our complete Darker Half news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Rage And Firewind Set Spain Ablaze

Having visited the Garaje Beat Club twice before to see Napalm Death and Ratos de Porao, it's safe to assume that this is one of the best small venues in the South East of Spain, if not Spain itself. It's compact but with room to move, the staff are friendly (even the bouncers!) and there's a great rock and roll vibe about the club. Perfect setting then, to host one of the most exciting tours of early 2018, as Rage and Firewind rolled into town on a metal mission.

Before the big names took place, the crowd were treated to two opening acts, the first of which, Arenia, was the only Spanish group on the bill. As is often the case for the opener, it was a sparse crowd which Arenia played for, but those in attendance were privy to something special. Their brand of power metal with a little symphonic taste is very impressive, as is the vocal talents of frontman Fran Santos, who was in fine form throughout. It's unfair to focus purely on the singer however, as every single member of the group performed with a tremendous passion and skill. If you're a fan of power metal, check out Arenia and their latest release, "El atardecer de los sueños" now because this quintet from Gijón are well on their way to becoming the top metal band from Spain. More...

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Rage Gearing Up For Fall Tour

The German heavy metal trio Rage just announced more dates for "The Devil tour Again" where the band will join forces with several fantastic support acts. Rage comments:

"Rageheads - here's the official poster for The Devil Tours Again 2016! This first leg of the tour will be supported by the amazing bands Monument (UK), Sober (ESP), Darker Half, (AUS) and Messiah's Kiss (USA). Be sure to get your tickets. We are RAGE!!!"

10.11.16 FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
12.11.16 RUS St. Petersbourg - Aurora Hall
13.11.16 RUS Moskow - Volta Club
15.11.16 AU Vienna - Szene
16.11.16 AU Graz - Explosiv
17.11.16 GER München - Backstage
18.11.16 SK Martin - KD Zaturcie
19.11.16 CZ Zlin - Winter Masters of Rock
20.11.16 POL Warsaw - Progresja
03.12.16 GER Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal meeting
04.12.16 GER Moerlenbach-Weiher - Live Music Hall
06.12.16 GER Kaiserlautern - Kammgarn
07.12.16 CH Pratteln - Z7
08.12.16 IT Cremona - Midian Live
09.12.16 AU Kufstein - Kulturfabrik
10.12.16 GER Geiselwind - X Mas Bash
11.12.16 GER Markneukirchen - Warwick Music Hall
13.12.16 GER Berlin - Nuke Club
14.12.16 GER Nuernberg - Hirsch
15.12.16 GER Leipzig - Anker
16.12.16 GER Siegburg - Kubana
17.12.16 GER Goslar - Das Kartell
18.12.16 GER Luebeck - Werkhof
27.12.16 GER Crailsheim - Dynamite Night More...

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Darker Half Issues "Heaven's Falling" Lyric Video

Australian metal act Darker Half released a new lyric video for the track "Heaven's Falling." The song appears on the band's latest EP entitled "Classified," which was issued via Fastball Music back in June.

Check out the clip here:

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Darker Half Posts "Blinded By Darkness" Track

Australian metal outfit Darker Half just made the song "Blinded By Darkness" available for streaming online.

The track comes off the brand new album "Never Surrender," which is available for purchase right here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Nemesis
2. Never Surrender
3. End of the Line
4. Stranger
5. As Darkness Fades
6. Duality
7. Blinded By Darkness
8. Lost in Space
9. Heads Are Gonna Roll
10. Anthem for Doomed Youth

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Darker Half Streaming Title Track Of New Album

Australian metal act Darker Half is streaming the title track from the band's upcoming release "Never Surrender." The album was recorded at Defwolf Studios in Sydney and tracked by the band along with engineer Matt Grave. The album was mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. The album's official release date has not yet been announced, but it is expected in June via the band directly.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Nemesis (streaming here)
2. Never Surrender
3. End of the Line
4. Stranger
5. As Darkness Fades
6. Duality
7. Blinded By Darkness
8. Lost in Space
9. Heads Are Gonna Roll
10. Anthem for a Doomed Youth

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Darker Half Streaming New Track "Nemesis"

Australian metal act Darker Half is streaming the new track "Nemesis." The song will appear on the band's upcoming new album "Never Surrender." The album is tentatively scheduled to drop in June, and further details are forthcoming.

"Never Surrender" is the first album in three years, when the band released "Desensitized" via Rockstar Records. Check out "Nemesis" here:

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Darker Half Confirms For WOM VII Festival

The Warriors of Metal Fest has announced the confirmation of Sydney, Australia's power thrash metal band Darker Half for this summer's Warriors Of Metal Fest VII. Darker Half will be supporting the release of their upcoming third studio album, "Never Surrender." Check out the song "End of the Line" from Darker Half's 2012 album "Desensitized" below.

Band vocalist and guitarist, Vo Simpson states: "We are stoked to be coming to the US for Warriors Of Metal Fest VII this year! This'll be our first time in America and our first show outside Australia so we're excited to come and play with so many great bands and hope we can bring back some killer stories.

It's an honour to be invited to play a festival we've heard so much about over here, so we hope you enjoy what we do. We look forward to seeing you, rockin' your socks off and making some new fans and friends on the other side of the planet \m/."

Darker Half joins a whole host of other bands that have confirmed in the past month for the Warriors Of Metal Fest's seventh installation. The latest bands that have been added to the roster are A Sound Of Thunder, A Tortured Soul, Noble Beast, Zephaniah, Steel Assassin, Shadowstrike, Vermithrax, Valhalla, Aska and Benedictum w/special guest Leather Leone. Vermithrax replaces the previously confirmed Flesh Engine.

Get updates on the WOM VII Festival at this location. The 7th annual Warriors of Metal Fest will be held June 27th-28th at O'Shecky's LIVE Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio.

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Darker Half To Enter The Studio

Unsigned Australian progressive thrash metal band Darker Half will be going into the studio on Jan 22nd to begin recording material for the follow up to their debut album "Duality." Watch the band's music video for the song, "Helpless," below:

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Utopia Records Celebrates 30 Years w/ Metal Shows

Sydney’s Utopia Records is currently in it’s 30th year and to celebrate, they will be staging a series of shows to celebrate the local rock and metal scene. “This series of shows will focus on the various sub genres of the might juggernaut that is metal, and will present the best bands from the Sydney scene of the musical & cultural phenomenon that really is louder than life.”

July 10th will see Mortal Sin, The Amenta, Daysend, Switchblade, Killrazer, Darker Half, Anno Domini, Norse and Hellbringer hit the Manning Bar stage to celebrate the occasion.

Tickets are available for $27 from Utopia Records or Moshtix.

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Australian Musicians Honor Miika Tenkula

Marking to the exact day the death a year ago of talented Finnish guitarist Miika Tenkula, admirers of his work from past and current line ups of estblished Australian metal bands: Nazxul, Lord, Darker Half, Anno Domini and Rampage will be performing a set of Sentenced covers on February 19th in Sydney, Australia in rememberence.

Under the banner of Frozen, named after one of their land mark releases, a set of over an hour of classic Sentenced songs will be performed to honour and pay tribute to Miika. Sentenced never performed on Australian soil so this show is a chance for Australian fans to experience these classic songs live.

All involved in this project are fans of Miikas work and are all eager to pay tribute to an artist taken well before his time was due. Support for the show will be The Veil and Requiem of the Damned.

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Darker Half Posts New Live Video Clip Online

Sydney’s Darker Half has released footage from their recently successful Australian tour with heavy metal legend, Paul Di’Anno. You can watch the video of the track "Invasion" below, which was recorded in Sydney at the Manning Bar. More...

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Queensryche Australian Tour Support Announced

Conducting a world tour on the back of their latest release, “American Soldier,” Queensrÿche has included Australia on its itinerary and will perform what will be known as Extended Suites: Rage For Order/American Soldier/Empire.

The support acts for the upcoming Queensrÿche tour have also been announced and they are:

Perth - 27th August - Capitol (over 18) w/ Voyager (WA), Darker Half (NSW)
Brisbane - 29 th August - HI FI Bar ( over 18) w/ Arcane (Qld), Darker Half (NSW)
Melbourne - 30 th August - BIllboards (over 18) w/ Eyefear (Vic), Darker Half (NSW)
Sydney - 31st August - Metro Theatre (All Ages) w/ Eyefear (Vic), Darker Half (NSW)

Tickets are now available from www.JustSayRock.com.au and Ticketek (Perth, Melbourne and Sydney).

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Darker Half Parts with Drummer Ben Martino

Long serving Darker Half drummer Ben “Benaul” Martino has decided to take a break from music for an idefinate period and played his last show with the band on May 1st in Sydney, Australia.

The band commented: "Ben has been a great friend and asset to the band and has shared many good times with the guys and his playing on the new album 'Duality' is nothing short of first class. Everyone in and around the band wishes Ben the best for the future. This will though in no way stop the momentum of the band be assured as a new line up will be unveiled very very soon and more shows announced to coincide with this."

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Darker Half Posts Three New Songs Online

Sydney-based metal band Darker Half has uploaded three tracks from their upcoming album “Duality” to their MySpace player. The album is due for release on March 9th, and the band is currently touring in support of it.

Here are the upcoming Darker Half gigs:

6th March 2009
The Eternal @ The Arthouse, Melbourne
w/ Darker Half, A State Of Flux and Divine Ascension
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $12.

14th Mar 2009
Darker Half @ Stepp Inn, Fortitude Valley
w/ Metallurgy, Canniblast, Dreamscape Measurement, 13 Black Fridays and Nyvosis
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $15.

20th March 2009
The Eternal @ The Sandringham Hotel, Sydney
w/ Darker Half and Destend
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $12.

21st March 2009
Darker Half @ The Vic, Orange
w/ From Winters Grace, Art of Deception and Radioactive Attack
Doors open at 7pm, Free Entry.

28th Mar 2009
Darker Half @ The Basement, Canberra
w/ TBA and TBA
Tickets available at the door 8pm.

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Darker Half Post New Music Online

Australian progressive thrash metal band, Darker Half, have posted two new songs on their Myspace page. The two songs come off their latest EP and are entitled "Heads are Gonna Roll" and "Invasion."

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