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Darkest Hour

Formed: 1996
From: Washington, D.C, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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.

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Darkest Hour Premiere New Music Video

Darkest Hour premiere a music video for their track “Enter Oblivion” which was directed by the band’s own vocalist John Henry. He commented of the clip:

“I wanted to find a location that I felt would represent the nomadic theme of the song. When I came across Rainbow Basin outside of Barstow I immediately knew it was the right spot. There’s a real beauty about the bleakness and harshness of the desert which stands out as the true star of the video.”

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Havok & Darkest Hour European/UK Tour Announced

Havok, Darkest Hour, Cephalic Carnage and Harlott announce the below European/UK run together for April:

04/05 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
04/06 Berlin, GER – Musik & Frieden
04/07 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
04/08 Weinheim, GER – Cafe Central
04/09 Prague, CZE – Nova Chmelnice
04/10 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
04/12 Nurnberg, GER – Z-Bau
04/13 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
04/14 Lyon, FRA – CCO Villeurbanne
04/15 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
04/16 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
04/17 Sevilla, SPA – Custom
04/18 Lisbon, POR – Lisboa Ao Vivo
04/20 Pamplona, SPA – Totem
04/21 Montpellier, FRA – Secret Place
04/22 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
04/23 London, UK – Underworld
04/24 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge
04/25 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
04/26 Birmingham, UK – Asylum
04/27 Antwerp, BEL – Zappa
04/28 Hannover, GER – Faust
04/29 Munchen, GER – Backstage

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Extinction A.D. Debut New Song

Extinction A.D., featuring members of This Is Hell, premiere their new single “In The Wake Of Uprising“. The track will appear on the band’s forthcoming new album, “Decimation Treaty“, out February 16th via Good Fight Music. Explains the band:

“This song has an overwhelming sense of urgency musically, so we matched that feeling lyrically. The music sets the perfect frenetic backdrop for ideas of revolt and resistance. It’s a rallying cry to end the abuse of authoritative power by any means necessary.”

You can catch the band out on this tour with Darkest Hour and Whores: More...

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Darkest Hour & Whores Announce Tour

Darkest Hour will be touring early in 2018 with the below run featuring support from Whores and Extinction A.D. Check out all dates below:

02/16 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
02/17 Savanah, GA – AURA FEST
02/18 Nashville, TN – The Basement East
02/20 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
02/21 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
02/22 Chicago, IL – Reggies
02/23 Lansing, MI – The Loft
02/24 Rochester, NY – Photo City
02/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo

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Darkest Hour Announces Record Store Day Release

Darkest Hour, which released ninth album, "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora," earlier this month, just announced a limited edition 7-inch titled “Pain Killer/I Don’t Want to Hear It” coming via Southern Lord Recordings for Record Store Day (April 22nd).

The release, which is limited to 1000 copies, features the song “Enter Oblivion” from "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora," as well as covers of Minor Threat’s “I Don’t Want To Hear It” and Judas Priest’s “Pain Killer.” All proceeds from the 7-inch will be donated to the National Immigration Law Center.

Band founder and guitar player Mike Schleibaum had this to say about the release:
“It is with great pride we present to you our first Record Store Day release, which also happens to be our first 7-inch record in almost two decades! This 7-inch features two covers that we recorded before the launch of our Indiegogo campaign last year. Although the songs were released for free as part of a thank you to our loyal fans we felt they wouldn't get their justice served without some sort of physical release. In addition to the covers, this 7-inch also includes the song ‘Enter Oblivion’ from our new album, 'Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora.' This song and 7-inch have a very special meaning for us.

"Having toured the world countless times at this point, we have seen the destructiveness and divisiveness that arises from nation states, borders, and immigration policies. These invisible, arbitrary lines that divide families, cultures, and humanity are archaic and obsolete. We believe that no human being is ever illegal just for existing. We believe that everyone regardless of race, religion, age, ethic heritage, sexual identification and sexual orientation should be treated with the respect and dignity that everyone deserves. More...

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Darkest Hour Debuts New Song

Darkest Hour debuts a new song entitled "Those Who Survived", taken from the upcoming new album "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora", which will arrive in stores March 10 via Southern Lord Recordings.

Check out now "Those Who Survived" below.

Says guitarist Mike Schleibaum of the track: More...

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Darkest Hour Releasing Lager

In honor of the band's 20th anniversary and release of ninth studio album, "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora," Darkest Hour teamed up with DC’s own DC Brau Brewing Company for a collaboration titled Savor The Swill, a German-style Helles lager that will be available in limited release starting February 11th in Washington, D.C.

“This project was born a few years back,” says Brandon Skall, co-founder and CEO of DC Brau. “It may have taken some time for it to come to fruition, but it was worth it.”

DC Brau’s co-founder/head brewer Jeff Hancock and Skall worked with the band to choose a style they would enjoy drinking.

“There was one obvious choice that rose to the top after discussing the many potential beer styles that we could brew – a German-Style Helles,” says Hancock. “I mean, how fitting is it to choose a beer with the word hell in the name? Cha Ching!”

Savor The Swill is a light, golden German lager with lively, natural carbonation that touts aromas of lightly-kilned malt, grain, and cracker with a subtle herbal hop presence. A clean fermentation profile, low alcohol content (5% ABV), and a perfect ratio between the Czech Republic 2 Row Pilsner malt and Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops contribute to this well-balanced, meticulously crafted, domestic interpretation of one of Germany's most delicate lagers. More...

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Darkest Hour Streaming "Timeless Numbers"

Darkest Hour, which recently announced the March 10th release of ninth album "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora" via Southern Lord Recordings, today shares a second song from the 12-track album. Check out “Timeless Numbers” below.

"This song, like ‘Knife in the Safe Room,' has a dual meaning,” explains Darkest Hour guitar player Mike Schleibaum. “The first is the continuation of the story line that permeates the album. In this track we see our main character struggle with the inherit history of the culture he/she was brought up in and the realization that it was always in our nature to divide and consume ourselves. "

Mike goes on to say, "In simpler terms, it is a reflection on the drain of modern life and the subsequent division / internal destruction that this life seems to always lead humanity towards. As we travel the world, we have seen how no matter where you are, humans divide themselves. We interact with immigration policies, boarders and barriers that are cultural, economic, and political everyday that we are on tour. While traveling the world we have done our best to spread a message of anti-nationalism, unilateral respect for humans of all forms, and lastly the basic idea that music/art is more powerful and more eternal then religion, nation states, or even TECHNOLOGY!” More...

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Darkest Hour Posts Drum Video

After previously streaming the track, Darkest Hour has now released a drum playthrough video for the song "Knife In The Safe Room," taken off the "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora" album due out in March of 2017. Darkest Hour comments:

"Know what was bad ass that happened in 2016? We tracked this album! Here is video of Travis tracking 'Knife in the Safe Room!'

"You can get the single as an instant download if you pick it up from iTunes, OR as an immediate download, if you pick up one of the packages from Southern Lord Recordings - either way you get to hear it right now so crank up them iPhones or whatever you all listen to music on and distort everything!

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Ringworm To Tour With Darkest Hour

Ringworm has announced new U.S. tour dates supporting Darkest Hour through February/March 2017. Additional support will be provided by Rotten Sound, Tombs, and Rivers of Nihil. The full confirmed schedule is as follows:

Feb 17 Washington, DC Black Cat
Feb 18 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
Feb 19 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
Feb 21 New York, NY Saint Vitus
Feb 22 Detroit, MI New Dodge Tavern
Feb 23 Chicago, IL Reggies
Feb 24 Milwaukee, WI The Metal Grill
Feb 25 Vote on Fanbadassdor!
Feb 26 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
Feb 28 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Mar 01 Salt Lake City, Utah Metro Bar
Mar 02 Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar (21+)
Mar 04 Reno, NV Jub Jub’s
Mar 05 Portland, OR Analog Theater
Mar 06 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Mar 08 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Mar 11 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Mar 12 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Mar 13 Tucson, AZ Club XS
Mar 14 Albequerque, NM The Compound 2
Mar 15 Lubbock, TX Backstage
Mar 16 Austin, TX Grizzly Hall
Mar 17 Houston, TX White Oak
Mar 18 San Antonio, TX Korova
Mar 19 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
Mar 21 Cincinnati, OH Northside Yacht Club More...

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Darkest Hour Streaming "Knife In The Safe Room"

Darkest Hour today streams first new music from the band’s forthcoming album, "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora" (due out March 10th via Southern Lord Recordings). Check out “Knife in the Safe Room” below.

"This song sets the tone for the album both lyrically and sonically,” explains Darkest Hour guitar player Mike Schleibaum. “While this may be the most fierce album we have ever released, its depth and sonic richness are sure to be discovered as the listener dives in. Thematically this song has a dual purpose. On the surface it is a classic Darkest Hour song, ripe with the reflection of today’s bleak modern age but as you peel back the lyrics and ideas contained within the album story unfolds, one that is all too common in human history. This is the beginning, it is part bitter reflection of the way things are and part anthem for those who struggle to survive as the world encircles them. To quote Nina Simone: 'An artists duty is to reflect the times,' with that we hold a mirror to the face of all things truly horrific and give you, ‘The Knife in the Safe Room.’"

The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Knife in the Safe Room
2. This is the Truth
3. Timeless Numbers
4. None of This is the Truth
5. The Flesh & The Flowers of Death
6. Those Who Survived
7. Another Headless Ruler of the Used
8. Widowed
9. Enter Oblivion
10. The Last of the Monuments
11. In the Name of Us All
12. Beneath It Sleeps More...

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Darkest Hour Reveals Album Details

D.C. metalcore group Darkest Hour will release ninth full-length album, "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora," on March 10th via Southern Lord Recordings.

The 12-song album was part of a crowd funding campaign launched earlier this year, with the ultimate tally netting the band well over 100% of the initial goal. The band chose producer Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Nails, Converge) for “his obvious genius” (as guitar player Mike Schleibaum said) and recorded the release at Ballou’s Godcity Studio.

Artist Shaun Beaudry was commissioned to create a custom painting, giving the album a unique visual identity.

“Working at Godcity was the perfect vibe for this record and Kurt was everything we could have asked for in a producer,” said Schleibaum. “The passion and experience he brought to the whole album really shows.” More...

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Deathcrown Premieres New Song "The Witch Hammer"

Deathcrown (Iron Reagan, Ex-Darkest Hour/Arsis) premieres a new song entitled "The Witch Hammer", taken from the upcoming debut EP "Living Hell", which will be out in stores June 17 via Primitive Ways Records.

Deathcrown is:

Drums: Ryan Parrish (Iron Reagan, ex-Darkest Hour)
Vocals: Mikael Parks (ex-Arsis touring vocalist)
Guitar: Tommy Gunn
Guitar: Jake Vanderband
Bass: David James

Check out now "The Witch Hammer" below.

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Darkest Hour Offering Free Digital Covers Single

Darkest Hour premieres a free digital covers single, featuring the band's versions of Judas Priest‘s "Painkiller" and Minor Threat‘s "I Don’t Wanna Hear It".

Explains Darkest Hour: "These twenty years as a band have felt like one big gift, we are lucky to have been able to share this ride with you all. For every person that tells us that we’ve touched their souls with our music, thank you, your words make us burn to create more. As a thank you for your support this year (and the last 20), we wanted to give you something special, two hand picked covers by us. Painkiller – Originally written and recorded by Judas Priest and I Don’t Want to Hear it – Originally written and recorded by Minor Threat. Please enjoy these jams, as a token of our gratitude. Happy end of the year from Darkest Hour. Time to turn 21!"

You can find the free covers single download over at HERE.

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Intervals Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Intervals premieres the pre-release full-album stream of "The Shape Of Colour", which will be out in stores December 4th. Intervals' mastermind Aaron Marshall leads the band with Protest The Hero's bassist Cam McLellan and Darkest Hour's drummer Travis Orbin handling studio roles.

Check out now "The Shape Of Colour" in its entirety below.

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Intervals Premieres New Song "Fable"

Intervals premieres a new song entitled "Fable", taken from the upcoming new album "The Shape Of Colour", which will be out in stores December 4th. Intervals' mastermind Aaron Marshall leads the band with Protest The Hero's bassist Cam McLellan and Darkest Hour's drummer Travis Orbin handling studio roles.

Check out now "Fable" below.

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Intervals Premieres New Song "I’m Awake"

Intervals premieres a new song entitled "I’m Awake", taken from the upcoming new album "The Shape Of Colour", which will be out in stores December 4th. Intervals' mastermind Aaron Marshall leads the band with Protest The Hero's bassist Cam McLellan and Darkest Hour's drummer Travis Orbin handling studio roles.

Check out now "I’m Awake" below.

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Just For Fun

Sharks Dig Darkest Hour

The filming of Discovery Channel's Shark Week show "Bride of Jaws" shows that Great White sharks are attracted to the low frequencies of heavy metal. Hoping to attract a sixteen-foot shark known as "Joan," the crew plays a track from Darkest Hour. It doesn't bring in the big fish they were looking for but it does lure two other great whites, including twelve and fourteen footers. The low frequencies of heavy metal apparently resemble struggling fish to sharks. More...

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Darkest Hour Posts New Video

Washington DC's melodic death metal and metalcore outfit Darkest Hour is streaming a new lyric video for the song "Futurist." The trac is taken from the band's latest effort released via Sumerian Records last year.

You can now stream "Futurist" below.

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Darkest Hour To Tour With Unearth

Hot off the heels of this summer's Mayhem Festival, Darkest Hour will return to North America this fall co-headlining with Unearth on the “Hell or High Wattage” tour.

The trek, which kicks off on October 13th also features Carnifex, Origin, I The Breather, and Black Crown Initiate in the support slots. See below for all tour dates.

Darkest Hour's Mike Schleibaum (guitars) states: "We're extremely excited to hit the road with Unearth and company for a quick set of Canadian and East Coast dates. We'll be bringing some new songs to life on stage and throwing some killer parties. Make sure you come out and rage with us. See you all in the pit very soon." More...

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