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Friday night, March 31, 2006, I was sitting at home on my computer and on AIM. I hadn't planned on doing anything until out of nowhere, one of my friend's instant messages me, asks if I like Darkest Hour, "yes", I replied, so began my Friday night.
After running a few errands, my friend, his friend, and I headed towards Asbury Park to see Darkest Hour, A Life Once Lost, the Acacia Strain, and Himsa at Club Deep in Asbury Park, NJ. Now, this would be our first time to this venue and were told that it was right across from the legendary Stone Pony. When we got to the Stone Pony, we where relieved to find out we hadn't been misinformed. We walked in after paying at the door and I was surprised to see a pretty decent venue.
Club Deep consists of a decent size pit area, a bar in the back, and a divider separating the stage and pit area and the merchandise area. Also, in the merchandise area, there are a couple pool tables and the rest rooms. Club Deep is about the size of the Stone Pony which isn't very big, but isn't extremely small. Club Deep was just the right size for a good show.
Now, because of the errands we had to run, we showed up 20 minutes late and missed the Acacia Strain. We made it just as a Life Once Lost go on. A Life Once Lost was ok, not really my thing, sounded very hardcore influenced, and we enjoyed some of their songs. After them, Himsa went on; we aren't too big of Himsa fans because their drumming, in my opinion, overpowers the rest of the band. Also, I believe the drummer is too good for that band. After we sat down for Himsa, there's a little leather couch built into the divider to sit on, we stood back up for Darkest Hour.
Darkest Hour, the band we came to see, made the night worth the $12 spent to get in. Their vocalist was having trouble with his microphone in the beginning, but that was resolved after the first couple songs. Darkest Hour tore through songs from all three of their albums, including their single, "Convalescence", off their newest album, "Undoing Ruin", which I purchased along with a shirt after the show. Darkest Hour put on an amazing performance for their whole set. I found the guitar work to be exceptionally good. At the end of their set, their vocalist decided to stage dive, right into my arms. A much unexpected surprise! I bet he and I were both glad that I caught him!
That was the end of a Friday night that started as nothing besides me and my computer spending some quality time. Anyone who says AIM and computers are a waste of time and bad for you, I suggest you take a look at how this amazing night started.
Soilwork will be touring with Darkest Hour, Mnemic, and Threat Signal. Tour dates are as follows:
October 5 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx (no Darkest Hour)
October 7 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
October 9 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
October 12 - Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
October 15 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 17 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 20 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
October 21 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 5 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
Darkest Hour have scheduled the following three Mexican stops:
May 19th Mexico City, MEX - La Victoria
May 20th Guadalajara, MEX - Santa Sangre
May 21st Monterrey, MEX - Cafe Iguana
A new eCard is online to spread the word about Prosthetic Records label-mates Himsa and The Acacia Strain hitting the road for Darkest Hour's "Undoing Ruin 2006 Tour" alongside A Life Once Lost and Dead To Fall. Spanning 38 dates across the United States, the tour will begin February 17.
Himsa will embark on several headlining shows along the way to support the Feb. 7 release of Hail Horror before meeting up with the "Undoing Ruin" lineup in Latham, NY to kick the tour off. Hail Horror, the follow up to the critically-acclaimed Courting Tragedy And Disaster, has already been labeled as one of 2006's most anticipated releases by Decibel magazine, and sees the band heading in a thrashier direction while maintaining a commitment to tirelessly touring behind this album, maintaining their reputation as seasoned road warriors. The band will later head back to Europe to follow up its successful run of the continent with 3 Inches of Blood in December 2005.
Massachusetts' The Acacia Strain will be a part of the tour fresh out of recording tracks with veteran producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) for the upcoming album The Dead Walk. A release date for the record has not been determined, but The Acacia Strain will nonetheless head out on the road with a handful of new live-worthy tracks, hand in hand with the same win-them-one-by-one mentality the band has built its base upon.
"Undoing Ruin 2006 Tour" (with Darkest Hour, Himsa, A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, Dead To Fall): More...
A live video of DARKEST HOUR performing the track "An Epitaph" on August 31, 2005 in Karlsruhe, Germanyhas been posted online at www.silentstagnation.com.
As previously reported, DARKEST HOUR will be filming a video for the song "Sound the Surrender" early next month with director Joseph Pattisall (DROWNINGMAN, J PARIS). The track comes off the group's latest CD, "Undoing Ruin", which was released in June 2005 via Victory Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation" was produced by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend and features artwork by Chris Taylor of PG. 99.
Darkest Hour will enter the studio in January with Brian McTernan to re-mix and remaster their first Victory Records album, "So Sedated, So Secure," which will be re-released on March 7, 2006. This re-issue with contain a new layout, liner notes written by the band, two new tracks, covers of Pentagram's 'Be Forewarned" and Battery's "Go Back To The Gym."
Springfield, Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN are set to play a one-off show supporting Shadows Fall on Friday, Dec. 30. Meanwhile, The Acacia Strain finished recording the tracks that will become The Dead Walk with producer Adam Dutkiewicz earlier in December. The album will be released through Prosthetic Records in late March, and will be the follow-up to 3750, the band's Prosthetic debut.
Come February, the band will hit the road with Darkest Hour, Himsa, A Life Once Lost, and Dead To Fall for a string of US dates through March.
THE ACACIA STRAIN live dates: More...
HIMSA and THE ACACIA STRAIN will be teaming out to tear through the United States this February and March. The Prosthetic label-mates will help round out the melting pot of sounds along a string of North American dates that also features Dead To Fall, A Life Once Lost, and headliners Darkest Hour. Running the gamut from hardcore-infused metal to melodic death metal and back, Seattle’s HIMSA will offer direct support on the bill, while THE ACACIA STRAIN will supply crowds with the chest-crushing heaviness they have all but trademarked.
HIMSA will be on the road supporting their latest melodic-thrash tour de force, Hail Horror, which will see a Feb. 7 release through Prosthetic. No strangers to the road, HIMSA was most recently a part of Danzig’s Blackest of the Black 2005 tour, and is currently gearing up for a December run through Europe alongside 3 Inches of Blood, showcasing tunes from the band’s new album.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN will be touring in support of Victims, the band’s new full-length, set for a March 2006 release. The band has been playing regional gigs throughout New England in recent weeks, in preparation to entering the studio Dec. 1 to record new songs with Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage, All That Remains), who was previously responsible for the bludgeoning sound of 3750, the band’s last record.
Darkest Hour, Himsa, The Acacia Strain, A Life Once Lost, Dead To Fall tour dates are as follows: More...
Dates are continuing to leak out for next year's highly anticipated metalcore all star tour featuring DARKEST HOUR, HIMSA, A LIFE ONCE LOST, THE ACACIA STRAIN, and DEAD TO FALL. Confirmed dates so far are:
February 17 - Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
February 18 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
February 19 - Poughkeepsie, NY@ The Loft
February 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
February 24 - Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
February 27 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
From A Second Story Window have posted an update and announced a few new shows with Darkest Hour:
"Hello everyone!! Hope to see all of you next weekend in Philly and Poughkeepsie!! We are all very excited to be out that way again!!! Also, the show on Sunday was CANCELLED. I know that we were very much looking forward to playing NYC but the venue it was supposed to be held at decided to be ignorant and cancel the show last minute. We are truly sorry for this inconvenience. Right now, we are working our asses off finishing the new CD and I hope everyone will still be patient with us as the time passes... I know when it's done, our friends will appreciate the wait. At least we hope! COME rock out with us next weekend!"
FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW tour dates:
11/18 Aston, PA Harry Cats w/ Forever came Crashing, more tba
11/19 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance w/ Converge, THE RED CHORD, Darkest Hour, Shai Hulud and many more!
12/09 Virginia Beach, VA Peppermint Beach Club w/ Darkest Hour, Ion Dissonance, plus more
12/10 Fredericksburg, VA KC'S w/ Darkest Hour, Ion Dissonance, plus more
Kris Norris of DARKEST HOUR has finally made his personal "Instructional Guitar DVD" available for purchase online at this location. As a reminder, LOCUS FACTOR, featuring Norris and Cory Smoot of GWAR, have uploaded their full debut album up for download online for free at this location.
Kris Norris - Guitars/Vocals
Nate Krishna - Guitars
Dave Anderson - Bass
Cory Smoot - Drums
Rhythmnden Fest 10 Years Of Mosh will take place on November 19th at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY. The show will feature an appearance by Shai Hulud, including vocalist Geert, who will be flying in from Europe. Doors open at 2 PM and tickets are $25. The following bands have been confirmed (with more TBA):
The Red Chord
Robots And Empire
STILL REMAINS will be criss-crossing the country, touring non-stop from September 20th to October 31st. Playing two different tours, Still Remains will start by headlining their first tour since the release of their debut album. The band tapped Curl Up and Die as the support band and will be touring North America from September 20th in Tempe, AZ to October 6th in Spartanburg, SC. Then the band will be direct support for Norma Jean from October 8th in Memphis, TN through October 21st in St. Petersburg, FL. Afterwards the band will flip-flop tours, playing two dates and then meeting up with the other tour for two dates.
“We love to tour,” says lead singer TJ Miller. “Down and dirty in our van, getting to know our fans is the only way for this band.”
Still Remains is touring in support of their debut album, Of Love and Lunacy, which was released on May 3rd and debuted at No. 43 on Billboard’s Top New Artist chart. In addition, the album soared to No. 1 at Metal & Specialty radio, where it thrived for over two weeks. The album just recently became available in select Christian bookstores throughout the country, with the hopes to expand it to a larger level as the band continues to develop in the burgeoning Christian Metalcore movement. Still Remains, who were just nominated for a Kerrang Award for Best International Newcomer, recently finished a successful co-headlining tour with Scars of Tomorrow.
The Still Remains tour dates are as follows: More...
Think heavy metal started with KORN? Confused about why people smash into each other at a concert? Know who originally spawned the sign of Satan? Well ask yourselves these questions no more. Fuse TV's "Uranium" is bringing you all of the answers to the questions you're too afraid to ask. Miss Juliya, along with guest lecturers including GOD FORBID, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, DARKEST HOUR, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and more, school you on all things metal — from throwing down in the pit to the penalties for misusing the horns to how to tell the difference between death metal and pirate-core. Get ready to throw spitballs during the premiere on Friday, September 9 at 9:00 p.m. EST on Fuse.
The first dates have been announced for the forthcoming tour featuring CONVERGE, THE RED CHORD and DARKEST HOUR. RINGWORM will be opening some dates while MUNICIPAL WASTE will be opening others. Dates are as follows: More...
Additional stops have been announced for Norma Jean's run with Darkest Hour, Still Remains and The Handshake Murders, here's the latest:
October 09th Ft. Smith, AR - Bobbi Sox
October 18th Huntington, WV - Hyamp
October 19th Wilmington, NC - Soapbox Lounge
October 20th Wilmington, SC - Headliner's
October 21st Charlestown, SC - Music Farm
Dates have been announced for Norma Jean's run with Darkest Hour, Still Remains and The Handshake Murders, here's the schedule:
October 08th Memphis, TN - Complex
October 11th Oklahoma City, OK - Green Door
October 12th Kansas City, MO - El Torreon
October 13th Omaha, NE - Sokol Hall
October 14th Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis
October 15th Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet
October 16th Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
October 17th Huntington, WV - Hyamp
God Forbid has just been added to the WAAF Locobazooka Festival, which is set to take place on September 18 in Fitchburgh, MA. The festival features Disturbed, The Dropkick Murphys, Ill Nino, Life Of Agony, Clutch, Seemless, Darkest Hour, Bury Your Dead, Dope, Bloodsimple, and many more. Tickets are $39.95. For more information, check out www.locobazooka.com.
Norma Jean are booking dates for a headlining run with Darkest Hour in tow come October and are also planning to hit the road alongside As I Lay Dying this fall as well. Dates and venues for either trek have yet to be announced
Darkest Hour's video for their track "Convalescence" has been made available for viewing online and can be seen here. The song comes from the groups new album "Undoing Ruin", which will see a June 28th release date through Victory