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Latest Darkest Hour News
Below is our complete Darkest Hour 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.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Darkest Hour, after recently completing a North American tour supporting Killswitch Engage, wasted no time getting back to work. Upon returning home, the band immediately headed to Oceanic Studios to record with producer Taylor Larson.
Michael Schleibaum (guitars) states: “When John Henry (vocals) and I started the band some 18 years ago we could have never imagined the sound would travel this far. The making of this record (dating back to January of 2012) was both a painful and joyful one and the end result has become something truly transcendent. John’s work with Taylor on the new demos has proven to be the best he's ever sounded and the introduction of the creative minds of both Travis Orbin (drums) and Aaron Deal (bass) have taken the songwriting someplace otherworldly. You can expect a massive evolution. The Killswitch tour couldn't have come at a better time for us creatively. It gave us the time and space to think about the album as a whole and really craft something special." More...
Darkest Hour has signed a worldwide deal with Sumerian Records and is hard at work on the band's much anticipated new full-length album.
Darkest Hour states: "To say that Sumerian Records and label owner Ash Avildsen are big supporters of this band would be a huge understatement. We have been proud to call Ash our friend since our early years and this friendship has flourished greatly since then via our relationship with his sister company, The Pantheon Booking Agency.
"When you start a band you dream that one day you can do what you love with great friends and family around you. Now it all seems to have come full circle. With the good people at Outerloop Management, Sumerian Records and the Pantheon Agency we finally feel right at home. Every aspect of the group is being handled by long-time trusted friends and is in reliable hands. This safe haven has given us the shelter we need to put together a life-changing new album. More...
Roadrunner Records group Killswitch Engage is currently traversing the country on the “Disarm The Descent Tour,” accompanied by special guests Miss May I, Darkest Hour, The Word Alive and Affiance.
The tour lineup was originally to include As I Lay Dying, but the band dropped off the tour after front man Tim Lambesis was arrested for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife.
In celebration of the U.S. headline run Jesse Leach, front man of Killswitch Engage, will participate in a live YouTube chat today, Tuesday June 11th at 1:00PM ET. For the live chat Jesse will be joined by his tour mates: Levi Benton of Miss May I, John Henry of Darkest Hour, Telle Smith of The Word Alive, and Dennis Tvrdik of Affiance.
Killswitch Engage will be posting a link to the live chat on the band's official Facebook page once it is live at 1:00PM ET. Fans will then be able to join in on the live Q&A with all four vocalists and can leave questions for them in the comments section of the video post.
After Tim Lambesis was arrested for allegedly attempting to hire an undercover officer to murder his wife, the fate of the upcoming As I Lay Dying/Killswitch Engage tour was up in the air. As I Lay Dying has now issued the following announcement about officially canceling the run:
"In light of recent events, As I Lay Dying will unfortunately not be taking part in the upcoming tour with Killswitch Engage.
"Given the circumstances, we feel that it is best for the band to be off the road while the current situation gets sorted. We'd like to thank all of our fans for their ongoing support at this difficult time.
"-Jordan, Nick, Phil, and Josh."
Lambesis' bail was set at $3 million and he currently remains in custody. Further details on the case and footage from his arraignment can be found at this location.
Killswitch Engage will however be continuing on with the trek, bringing on different supporting groups. The band comments:
"Since As I Lay Dying has announced they will not be able to join us on this tour...we would like to welcome Darkest Hour, and The Word Alive on the Disarm the Descent 2013 U.S. TOUR! Please welcome both bands with open arms, ROCK!"
Darkest Hour has checked in with the following brief announcement about recruiting a new drummer: "Here it is... please welcome Travis Orbin to the band! More news on the new album but for now.... the future 5 align!"
Darkest Hour now consists of:
Mike Schleibaum - Guitar
John Henry - Vocals
Michael "Lonestar" Carrigan- Guitar
Aaron Deal - Bass
Travis Orbin - Drums
For more info on the band, head over to the Darkest Hour Facebook profile here.
Darkest Hour has debuted a brand new music video for the single "Severed Into Separates" through MetalSucks.net The video was directed by Mihaszna Films and can be viewed at this location.
The band released latest record "The Human Romance" earlier this year with singles like "Love As A Weapon" and "The World Engulfed In Flames," as well as the music video for "Your Everyday Disaster."
The album's track listing is:
1. Terra Nocturnus
2. The World Engulfed In Flames
3. Savor The Kill
4. Man And Swine
5. Love As A Weapon
6. Your Everyday Disaster
7. Violent By Nature
9. Severed Into Separates
11. Terra Solaris
12. Beyond The Life You Know
Shots For Bands has posted an unofficial live video clip online of Darkest Hour performing the song "Violent By Nature," which can be viewed below.
The video includes footage of Darkest Hour playing at Basement 243 in Brisbane on May 4th, 2012. In related news, Darkest Hour recently parted ways with bassist Paul Burnette.
Darkest Hour announced that bassist Paul Burnette has left the band. Burnette's replacement will be Aaron Deal, who has played with the band as a live musician since 2011.
The band made had the following comments on the lineup change:
"It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the official departure of long time friend and bassist, Paul Burnette. Paul’s presence on the stage, in the jam room, and everywhere in between will be missed. He has helped us to both conquer the world and develop the sound of the band. For that we’ll be eternally grateful.
"Although Paul will continue with the new powerhouse, Iron Reagan, his musical footprint will remain with us forever. We love you, dude!
"As many of you who have seen us live know, Aaron Deal (ex Salome mastermind) has been doing an amazing job filling in these past few tours. He’s rocked Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America with us and it’s safe to say, he’s a true bro. We couldn’t ask for a more badass addition to the dudes."
Aaron Deal commented:
"As a long-time friend of all the dudes, i think playing with Darkest Hour is a natural fit. I’ve definitely had a blast playing all over the world with them and I can’t wait to take this party to the next level!"
Darkest Hour is supporting its latest LP "The Human Romance," which was released in February 2011 through E1 Entertainment.
Today in the U.S. we celebrate Memorial Day, which honors the men and women in our armed services and those who have given their lives to protect us. Metal bands across the U.S. have been commenting on the holiday, and here you can see a variety of statements posted online from different groups.
To all our veterans, young and old, and to all actively deployed U.S. troops, thank you so much for the sacrifices made on our behalf both for this generation, those before us, and the ones yet to come. Enjoy your freedoms today and time with friends and family, for that freedom came at an unimaginable cost. So, once again, thank you Vets!!! We honor you all today and give you our support and appreciation.
We appreciated and respect EVERY Veteran every where, go thank a Veteran today.
We at Castle Dischordia would like to thank the brave men and women (and their families) who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Thank you.
Scythe Of Dante
For all the soldiers that fought and died for both you and I, We salute you.
Take time today to remember those who sacrifice for country and cause. Remember those who do the hard work of the armed forces when they're tired, when their family lives are taxed, and when things look darkest. Thank you all.More...
D.C. metal titans Darkest Hour have announced Australian support dates with DevilDriver this spring in continuing support for their latest release, "The Human Romance." The band will make stops in both Japan and the Philippines as well. Guitarist Mike Schleibaum adds his own words:
"This trip will include our first ever headlining dates in Japan as well as our return to Manilla and Australia. We couldn't be more excited to travel over to this part of the world again and introduce them to our new record and live show. We love to experience new culture, meet new friends, and of course play some killer shows. We'll be accompanied by our good friends so you know it will be a party as soon as we load in!"
The band released the latest record "The Human Romance" earlier this year with singles like "Love As A Weapon" and "The World Engulfed In Flames," and a music video for "Savor The Kill." An instrumental version even made its way onto iTunes, which can be found here. More...
The line-up was picked perfectly for this tour, from the bands abilities to bring unique heavy metal and modern hybrid influences to a big audience and worked the crowd. As Machine Head’s older fans and Darkest Hour and Suicide Silence’s younger fans filed in, some still excited from nearby Mardi Gras parades, the generations mixed, mingled, sized each other up, and eventually socialized as they waited to see two great bands opening for one of metal’s best known bands ever. More...
MetalSucks has announced a second annual "South by South Death" showcase for the upcoming 2012 festival, in association with Metal Injection and Metal Insider.
The official showcase will take place at the patio stage of Barbarella, 615 Red River Street, starting at 7pm on Wednesday, March 14th. High on Fire, Darkest Hour, Nachtmystium, Intronaut, Black Tusk, Holy Grail and Monstro will all perform at the show. Peavey and Ddrum are providing additional support. Further details are available here. More...
September 29, 2007. The date of Machine Head’s gig at Montreal’s late and lamented Le Medley, holding the distinction of the most claustrophobic and brutally violent metal show I’ve ever attended. Now a few years older and wiser – and with a job to do – I had little intention of getting physical on February 4, 2012, but what this date of “The Eighth Plague” tour would surely lack in danger to my person, I expected it to make up enormously in scale, scope, and overall grandeur. More...
The newly formed act A Cancerous Affair has posted an introduction video clip online, which can be viewed below. A Cancerous Affair is:
Kris Norris + Ryan Parrish (Darkest Hour)
Kristen Randall (Winds of Plague)
Dave Sheldon (Annihilator)
Pat Kavanaugh (Still with Threat Signal)
Machine Head was the first show that I actually bothered to pay money for since seeing Behemoth two years ago. “Unto the Locust” is an amazing album and I've never seen Machine Head headline a show. I caught them opening when they were touring with Metallica back in 2009 and they impressed me enough to get me to buy a shirt. Naturally, I was upset to see that they weren’t headlining for another two years and I wasn’t going to pass up this great opportunity. More...
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste, No Friends), LandPhil Hall (Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse), Ryan Parish (Darkest Hour, Suppression, City of Caterpillar) and Paul Burnette (Darkest Hour, Crack Head) have formed a new band titled Iron Reagan.
Iron Reagan has just released a free 4 song demo available through bandcamp. Check out the songs from the release below. The demo was recorded in Richmond, Virginia by Landphil and Mastered by Mammoth Sound.
Oakland, CA's Machine Head has released a brand new North American tour commercial in preparation for the band's upcoming headlining run with Suicide Silence and Darkest Hour. You can view the tour commercial below.
The tour kicks off on January 15th in Denver, CO and will run through the U.S. for the remainder of the month, coming to a close on February 18th in the band’s hometown area of San Francisco, CA. See below for all current tour dates.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
The Summer Breeze festival organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Amon Amarth as a headliner for the festival's 2012 edition:
"Behind the 24th door of our Advent Calendar there's none other than our favourite vikings AMON AMARTH, who are now confirmed as the second headliner for the 15th SUMMER BREEZE Open Air beside Subway To Sally.
"It's almost incredible the way our Swedish friends have enjoyed a continued rise to the top of the scene. Top-ten chart entries, headliner slots on all major festivals, sold-out tours, enthusiastic fans everywhere – by now Mr Johan Hegg and Co. have become real stars, but they still have their feet firmly planted on the ground, because they haven't forgotten where they started. And that's why they like to return to those places, one of them definitely being SUMMER BREEZE!
"What, it's Christmas already?!? How time flies. Our SUMMER BREEZE Advent Calendar had only just begun, and now it's all over again. We hope we were able to fulfill your wishes and expectations, and perhaps even surprise you with one or two of the confirmed bands.
"Here's a final overview of our Advent Calendar, which has been making you company for the last 24 days: More...
Darkest Hour, which recently parted ways with the band's drummer, has now posted a year in review recap video. Check out the clip after the jump. The band also had this to say:
"Thanks to all of you out there who have helped keep the dream alive in 2011. We covered so much ground and there is still so much more to go. But, for now, a time to give thanks to you all! With out you, we are lost…much love from the DH! Enjoy what’s left of 2011!" More...
Darkest Hour has issued the following announcement about splitting with drummer Ryan Parrish:
"Yes it is true, Darkest Hour has parted ways with drummer Ryan Parrish. We wish him well (you will seem him rocking in many projects no doubt please check them out, they will all rip!)
"For now his duties have been filled by drummer Timothy Java (Dead to Fall). Tim did an amazing job on our recent European tour with Machine Head.
"As for the future that’s open for discussion - no permanent decisions have been made in any way.
"Live to Trash, Thrash to Live."
For more details on Darkest Hour and to check out the band's music, head over to the group's official Facebook profile.