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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.
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.
Darkest Hour, Between the Buried and Me and Fear Before the March of Flames will be on tour with Kylesa and Cattle Decapitation joining for a brief amount of dates. Here are the tour dates:
11/12 Harisonburgh, VA Captin T's
11/13 Spartenburg, SC Ground Zero
11/14 Atlanta, GA Hell/Masquerade
11/15 Tampa, FL The Orphuem
11/16 W/ Palm Beach, FL The Factory
11/17 Orlando, FL Screamers
w/ Cattle Decapitation: More...
The following dates for the upcoming Darkest Hour and Between the Buried and Me tour have been confirmed:
11/12 Harrisonburg, VA @ Captain Tee's
11/13 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
11/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/15 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
11/16 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Factory
11/17 Orlando, FL @ Screamers
11/19 Houston, TX @ Fat Cat's (formerly Mary Jane's)
11/20 San Antonio, TX @ Sin 13
11/21 Austin, TX @ Emo's
11/23 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
12/02 Vancouver, BC @ Mesa Luna
12/03 Seattle, WA @ Graceland
DARKEST HOUR will be hosting MTV2's "Heabanger's Ball" on Saturday, September 18.
In other news, DARKEST HOUR will tour Canada with CURSED in October. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Oct. 07 - London, ON @ Embassy
Oct. 08 - Toronto, ON @ Kathedral
Oct. 09 - Kingston, ON @ Clark Hall Pub
Oct. 10 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Oct. 11 - Montreal, QC @ El Salon
Oct. 12 - Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Café Rock
Oct. 13 - St. John, NB @ Studio 112
Oct. 14 - Charlottetown, PEI @ The Arts Guild
Oct. 15 - Halifax, NS @ Pavilion
Oct. 15 - Halifax, NS @ The Attic
Oct. 16 - Sydney, NS @ Pit Lounge
Oct. 16 - Sydney, NS @ Maple Leaf Lounge
Oct. 17 - Fredericton, NB @ Elk's Club
Oct. 18 - Quebec City, QC @ L'Anti
Oct. 19 - Barrie, ON @ Foundation
Oct. 20 - St. Catharines, ON @ L'3
Following the Canadian tour, Darkest Hour will tour the U.S. one last time before taking a break to complete their new record. The tour will run from November 12 to December 12 and will also include Between The Buried And Me, Kylesa, Cattle Decapitation, and Fear Before The March Of Flames. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. Darkest Hour will also be releasing a DVD filmed on Ozzfest that will include footage of them beating Bleeding Through in dodge ball.
Darkest Hour are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Hidden Hands of A Sadist Nation", which 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).
DARKEST HOUR were forced to miss their scheduled performance with DIMMU BORGIR in Kitchener, Ontario Friday night (August 27) "due to complications at the [USA/Canada] border," according to a posting on the group's web site. "This will not affect our scheduled tour in October," the band write. "We are very excited about playing Canada, we can't wait to get back. We apologize for this unfortunate inconvenience."
DARKEST HOUR are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Hidden Hands of A Sadist Nation", which 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).
Nitro Tokyo, featuring Darkest Hour's Mike Schleibaum, former Darkest Hour guitarist Mike Garrity, in addition to former members of Fairweather and Mancake, will be entering the studio in September to record their debut EP. Tentatively entitled "Bullet-Train To Hollywood," the release will consist of six songs. You can check out one of their demo tracks here.
Oakland-based purveyors of aggression Watch Them Die will be shooting a video for their song "Sadist Ways" in the Los Angeles area on August 21.
As previously reported, Watch Them Die will embark on a national U.S. tour alongside Black Dahlia Murder, Cattle Decapitation and Goatwhore this summer. The trek kicks off on July 25 and wraps up on August 19. The group have just returned home after completing a highly successful run with Gwar, which also included a limited number of dates with Darkest Hour.
Bleeding Through have firmed up their Ozzfest off-date schedule, here's where you can catch them:
July 15th Rochester, NY - Penny Arcade (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, God Forbid)
July 17th Norfolk, VA - Norva Theatre (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Darkest Hour)
July 21st Louisville, KY - Union Station
July 30th Las Vegas, NV - Huntridge Theater (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, God Forbid)
August 02nd Phoenix, AZ - Mason Jar (Feat. Throwdown, Darkest Hour)
August 06th McAllen, TX - Villa Real (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Otep)
August 08th El Paso, TX - Club Xscape (Feat. Dimmu Borgir)
August 15th Houghton, MI - Level 2 Skatepark (Feat. Throwdown)
August 20th Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, God Forbid)
August 22nd Minneapolis, MN - Quest Club (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Otep)
August 27th Syracuse, NY - Club Tundra (Feat. Throwdown)
August 29th Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Darkest Hour)
September 01st Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Feat. Dimmu Borgir)