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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 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
DARKEST HOUR and TURMOIL are among the bands that have been confirmed for Gator's Aftermath, a one-day festival set to take place Friday, July 1 at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
FOR THE LOVE OF
ON BROKEN WINGS
SINCE BY MAN
ACROSS FIVE APRILS
THE BURNING SEASON
MY SHINING ONE
KISS OF DEATH
THE MINOR TIMES
Tickets are $15 in advance (etix.com) or $20 the day of the show (with the purchase of a Sounds of the Underground ticket and $25 the day of without a Sounds of the Underground ticket).
For those who are out of town and attend the Sounds of the Underground, the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds are allowing camping overnight. So you can go rock the hell out at Sounds of the Underground, get a good night's sleep, and go directly across the street to Ziggy's the next day. There will be water connections for RVs and bathrooms with showers.
Virginia's Malady have broken up. The group featured former members of pg.99 and City of Caterpillar, and recently released an album with Level Plane Records. However, two new bands have formed in the wake of Malady's demise. Jeff Kane, Jonathan Moore and Kevin Longendyke, Malady's guitarists and bassist, will be hooking up with Darkest Hour drummer Ryan Parrish to record some new material, in addition to the final material Malady had written. The songs will appear on a full-length for Robotic Empire, though the group have yet to announce a name for their project. Meanwhile, Chris Taylor and Johnny Ward (Malady vocalist and drummer) have formed Pygmy Lush with Mike Taylor (Chris' brother, formerly of pg.99, Mannequin, etc.) and Mike Widman (Mannequin) [note: Mannequin is no longer a band]. The group will also be releasing material with Robotic Empire in the future.
Darkest Hour have relaunched their official website, you can check it out at www.darkesthour.cc. The band will release their new album "Undoing Ruin" through Victory on June 28th
DARKEST HOUR guitarist Kris Norris has made available for download, for a limited time, the entire 2002 album release from his side project, LOCUS FACTOR. The album can be found at this location.
The following message has been posted at DARKEST HOUR's official web site:
"The dudes just can't stay out of trouble with the law. While doing a photo shoot and video shoot to prep their new record, DARKEST HOUR had two run-ins with Johnny Law this week.
"Day 1: Washington, D.C., where the band was taking band photos under a bridge. They were approached by four police cruisers and eight officers. The band was detained for over an hour and questioned repeatedly about their motives. In a time of mass hysteria, DARKEST HOUR is definitely not exempt. The officers thought that the photo shoot was a well designed plot for six terrorists to start planning an attack, on so-called 'soft targets' in the D.C. area and our rented van made them even more paranoid. Remember that the next time you have a breakdown and need to rent a substitute vehicle, it’s a 'suspicious move!' The band made it out with out being arrested or fined and the photos will now serve as a backdrop for the new record.
"Day 2: DARKEST HOUR are in NYC filming a video for the song 'Convalescence' with director Dale Restighini. The set was the outside of an old plastics factory in New Jersey where several tunnels converge. Fire, dirt, trash, and smoke set the scene — it was chaos, of course. It got so intense that some onlookers called the police. According to the officers they were in 'sheer terror and disbelief' at what was going on. The fire, the smoke, and the fact that heavy metal was blasting was just too much; but the police were unable to shut down the shoot before the band could finish. The result is a metal as hell video that came complete with its own police escort.
Darkest Hour will be playing three dates on this years Warped Tour on the "Smart Punk" stage. The three dates are as follows:
August 13 - New York, NY @ Randall's Island
August 14 - Englishtown, NJ @ Old Bridge Township Raceway
August 15 - Northhampton, MA @ Three County Fairgrounds
Darkest Hour has posted the following message on their official website:
We have completed mixing our new album "Undoing Ruin." It is off to get mastered and then it will be in the can and ready to go. We can't wait to get these songs out to you guys and we stoked to play some new songs at Metal Fest and our DEP dates. There is some shredding fast metal shit coming at you soon! We will be posting some music in the coming weeks! The artwork is coming together and you can check out a big version of the cover here, remember to look for it June 28th. We are stoked with Chris's work (Chris Crude that is). The new website is coming along and we should have more tour news in the near future (including some Euro dates!).
Also, Wyvern Custom Guitars is currently in negotiations with Darkest Hour to build Mike Schleibaum, and Paul Burnette signature series custom guitars and basses, details coming soon!
Dates for the second annual Strhess Tour have been announced. Sponsored by artist Derek Hess and his company, Strhess Clothing, the trek features headliner Bleeding Through, with support from Zao, Darkest Hour, Martyr AD, and Fight Paris. Here are the dates:
7/8 Philadelphia PA @ The Trocadero
7/9 Worcester MA @ The Palladium
7/10 New York NY @ BB King's
7/11 Baltimore MD @ Ottobar
7/12 Pittsburgh PA @ Rex Theatre
7/13 Detroit MI @ St. Andrews Hall
7/14 Cleveland OH @ House Of Blues
7/15 Chicago IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
7/16 St. Louis MO @ Mississippi Nights
7/17 Omaha NE @ Sokol Underground
7/18 Denver CO @ Cervantes
7/20 Seattle WA @ El Corazon
7/21 Portland OR @ Meow Meow
7/22 San Francisco CA @ Pound SF
7/23 Los Angeles CA @ Avalon
7/24 Anaheim CA @ House Of Blues
7/25 San Diego CA @ Soma
7/26 Las Vegas NV @ Roadhouse Casino
7/27 Tempe AZ @ The Clubhouse
7/29 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
8/1 Nashville TN @ Rocketown
DARKEST HOUR have posted the following studio update on their official web site:
"Lots of news happening in DARKEST HOUR world right now.
"We have begun mixing the record and should be ending our session in Vancouver on April 2nd. We cant wait to get these songs out there. Chris Taylor (aka Chris Crude of Pg. 99 fame) will be handling the artwork for the new record. He and our good friend over at Victory have been hashing out the art and we should be able to post the record cover sometime in the next week or so. The record is slated to come out June 28th, so get stoked!
"Mike 'the Mother Fucking' Murphster (of DARKEST HOUR merch fame) has begun a website redesign for us. I guess we can see what the hell his 4 years of college was for. Also in the first major touring news: We will be hitting the road as part of the Strhess Fest with BLEEDING THROUGH, ZAO, MARTYR AD, and FIGHT PARIS starting July 8th! The dates will be up soon. So hopefully Strhess Clothing will give us some new clothes (I mean, have you seen the DARKEST HOUR lately?). Combine that with a makeover from the dudes in BLEEDING THROUGH and we will be on the cover of GQ in no time!"
DARKEST HOUR recently issued a DVD, entitled "Party Scars and Prison Bars - A Thrashography". Described as "a behind-the-scenes look at the musical prowess and outrageous humor that have made DARKEST HOUR famous in the metal scene," the disc includes an autobiography spanning DARKEST HOUR's 10-year existence, footage from their very first show, live performances, backstage banter, music videos, European tour footage and more.
DARKEST HOUR's latest album, "Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation", was released in May 2003 through Victory Records. The CD includes guest appearances from Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES, THE CROWN), Anders Björler (AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED), Peter Wichers (SOILWORK) and Marcus Sunesson (THE CROWN).
Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.
In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.
Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.
Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.
Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.
Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.
Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.
Darkest Hour has posted the following update on their official website:
DH has been buried in the studio for about two weeks now and we have gotten a hell of a lot done. All the basic structures for the songs are complete. There are now 9 songs on the record and 1 acoustic piece. And we can say already this is hands down the best darkest hour record ever. We cant wait to present these songs to you guys. Kris and Mike make their guitar solo debut, there is definitely more for the shredders this time. Expect shorter more thrash' compact songs, as well as some surprises. We have been keeping the Album title under warps but we will announce it soon. Lastly, the DH summer vacation is coming together so we will announce big plans for the summer as well as the release date for the new DH record soon. This week JH starts tracking the vocals and it all starts to make sense!
The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...
Pre-production for Darkest Hour's next album is underway. The group will enter the studio in late-February to begin recording, which will wrap up in late-March. Devin Townsend (Lamb Of God, Misery Signals) will be producing the album, which should hit stores this summer through Victory Records.
Darkest Hour's forthcoming DVD release "Party Scars and Prison Bars: A Thrashography" will now land in stores on February 22nd via Victory. The effort will feature video clips from members in previous bands, commentary from Darkest Hour themselves on various show footage and videos, footage from their first ever live show back in 1995, interviews and more.