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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.
The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival has now revealed the lineup for the 2014 tour, which kicks of July 5th and will feature four stages.
The lineup will feature: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Body Count Featuring ICE T, Miss May I, Emmure, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition, Veil Of Maya, Upon A Burning Body, Darkest Hour, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, King 810 and Erimha.
Dates are as follows:
July 05 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
July 06 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
July 09 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
July 11 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 12 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
July 14 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 15 Maryland Heights, MO Verizion Wireless Amphitheater
July 17 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18 Milwaukee, WI Eagle's Ballroom ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK TASTE OF MAYHEM
July 19 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 20 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
July 23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 24 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Theatre
July 25 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 26 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
July 27 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
July 29 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
July 30 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
August 01 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 02 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
August 03 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
August 05 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
August 07 Oklahoma City, OK OKC Downtown Airpark
August 09 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 10 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion More...
The promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, currently gearing up for the sixteenth consecutive annual run of the event this April, have finalized this year's lineup with the addition of Detroit party crew Wilson.
Additionally, three local bands won the recent Break Thru Music's Battle for Metal Fest competitions for a chance to perform at the event. This now adds Death Rattle to the Thursday lineup, Carnivora to Friday's, and Acius to the bill on Saturday.
This year's festival takes place from April 17th - 19th in Worcester, MA and ticket info is available right here. The finalized lineup is as follows:
Thursday - April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Rivers of Nihil
Scars of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Years Since The Storm More...
The promoters of the New England Metal and Hardcore festival are proud to announce the addition of longtime U.S. metalcore dynamos Darkest Hour to the lineup for this year's festivities.
This Saturday, March 22nd will also mark the finals for this year's ongoing Break Thru Music Presents: Battle for Metal Fest competition, the action going down at two locations simultaneously. At the Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut at 6pm, sets from finalists Physics of Demise, Vengeful Wake, Hollow, To Die a Legend and Dream of Scipio, We Are Nothing, Lightsbane, Rise And Resist, Imperium Mortis, Acius, Behold The Beginning and Victim Of Innocence.
Back at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts where the fest takes place, the battle will include performances from Chaos Machine, Hitlist, Onward, Begat The Nephilim, Rumors of Betrayal, Seeds Of Negligence, Along Came the Flood, Assault On The Living, Carnivora, Written In Stone, Death Rattle. The winners will of course take part in the assault on the Palladium at this year's event.
From Thursday, April 17th through Saturday the 19th over 75 bands will once again infiltrate Worcester's iconic Palladium Theatre for the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
1349, All Out War, All That Remains, Barrier, Battlecross, Behemoth, Bent Life, Black Crown Initiate, Bleeding Through, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifex, Colin Of Arabia, Cop Problem, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Darkest Hour, Discourse, Emmure, Enabler, Erra, Fallujah, Fire and Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Gift Giver, Goatwhore, Harm's Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquistion, Julius Seizure, Kadavar, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Obey The Brave, Oceano, Ramallah, Reflections, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers of Nihil, Sabaton, Sam Black Church, Scars of Tomorrow, Silence The Messenger, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sylar, Texas In July, The Acacia Strain, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, The Mongoloids, Those Who Fear, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Unearth, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins, Years Since The Storm
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...