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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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Unearth Gives Short Tour Update

Unearth has posted the following short tour update on their MySpace page:

"We have to thank all our fans for packing out the first batch of shows of our headlining tour with Darkest Hour, August Burns Red and Suicide Silence."

"It feels good to be back in the smaller venues with the people right up at the stage partying with us. These shows could not be going any better."

"Thanks to everyone..."

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Unearth To Film Pomona, CA Show for DVD

Massachusetts metal heavyweights Unearth have just announced that they will be filming their show at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA for an upcoming DVD. This tour marks the band's first US tour since their run of dates with Dimmu Borgir back in April/May of 2007. Joining Unearth on tour will be Darkest Hour, August Burns Red, and Suicide Silence. This monstrous tour will hit the road on September 27th for a four-week North American tour with stops in Canada. The dates are in support of the Unearth's latest album, III: In The Eyes Of Fire (recorded with Terry Date, Soundgarden, White Zombie, Pantera, Deftones) which was released August 8th 2006.

Here's what vocalist Trevor Phipps has to say: "We figured it was about time we shot a real DVD and what better place than the intimate Glasshouse? Ever since we first played there in 2002 we have loved the crowds and venue in every repeat visit. We couldn't be more stoked to return and get it on tape this time around. A high energy show and good times will be had by all on October 9th.

The live show will only be part of the DVD as we aim to make it a double disc with behind the scenes footage of us on tour, the band and crew backstage, hanging with the fans, rare studio footage, band, crew and special guest interviews, more live footage and pictures from our travels around the world and all of our videos. The DVD set will be a complete retrospective from our beginnings in the basement practice space in Winthrop, Massachusetts all the way up to present day as well as a look at what is in store for us as we approach a full decade of being Unearth."

If any of you have pictures or video you think will be a worthy addition to the DVD, please send an email to unearthdvd@gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The Glasshouse
200 West 2nd Street
Pomona, CA 91766
Tickets: $15 ADV/$17 DOS
Doors: 7:00 PM

The show opens with Suicide Silence followed up by August Burns Red, Darkest Hour, and closes with headliners Unearth.

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Maroon To Support AILD, Darkest Hour, Himsa

MAROON have been confirmed for the mainland for the European tour alongside As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour and labelmates Himsa. Doors on the German shows will be at 19:00 CET and MAROON will enter the stages at 20:00 CET sharp.

Here are the tour dates:

11.09.07 Antwerp (B) - Hof Ter Lo
12.09.07 Amsterdam (NL) - Melkweg
13.09.07 Bochum (D) - Matrix , Headliner Show
14.09.07 Zürich (CH) - Rohstofflager
15.09.07 Munich (D) - Backstage Hall
16.09.07 Stuttgart (D) – Die Röhre
17.09.07 Cologne (D) – Live Music Hall
18.09.07 Hamburg (D) – Grosse Freiheit
19.09.07 Berlin (D) – Columbia Club
21.09.07 Muenster (D) - Skater..s Palace
22.09.07 Copenhagen (DK) - Loppen
23.09.07 Malmo (S) - KB
24.09.07 Gothenburg (S) - Sticky Fingers

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Unearth, Darkest Hour, August Burns Red Tour

Unearth, Darkest Hour, August Burns Red, and Suicide Silence will be hitting the road together this fall for a four-week North American tour immediately following the recently announced August Burns Red and A Life Once Lost tour dates. The following tour dates have been confirmed thus far, with many more to follow:

9/27 Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
9/28 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
9/29 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
9/30 Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
10/1 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
10/2 Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
10/4 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/5 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Backroom
10/6 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

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Necro Leaves Sounds Of The Underground Tour

Self proclaimed "death rap" artist Necro has issued the follwing statement from his official Myspace:

"I decided to leave the tour collectively with my manager and booking agent (both tour organizers) because we felt the tour’s demographic was not receiving hip hop well. I was facing hostile, disrespectful crowds and was returning the same energy back ten-fold by being more aggressive than them.

It was making a lot of people in the tour crew nervous and there was concern someone might get hurt (NOT ME). It was also being suggested that maybe I tone down my live show and not antagonize the already antagonistic crowd. I couldn’t roll with that as it’s not my style. I was holding back enough as it is but there is a line. All the bands on the tour loved us and everyone behind the scenes knew we displayed major heart and never once got phased by the hostility. We finished every show with middle fingers up and a big "Fuck You" to the crowd.

I will make one thing clear for the haters: we NEVER got booed OFF the stage. Not once. Yes a ton of emo kids booed us at every show, but we had a twenty-five minute set every night and we stayed on stage for every minute of it, and we represented. Every show had at least 100 to 200 Necro fans in the pit tearing it up, and our meet and greets were incredible!

It’s just a shame these little kids are so close-minded. The majority of the hate was coming from mop top emo sixteen-year olds who have no clue who the originators of metal are, and didn’t respect my rest in peace chant to metal legends (Dime, Cliff, Chuck, Piggy, SOB).

As far as the tour organizers and I are concerned, you are my people so it’s all love and I’m thankful for the opportunity to prove I can murder it in the worst of situations. This actually did a lot for me and is just one move in many my team will make to blow Necro up"

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Maroon Finish Work On New Album, To Tour Europe

German metalcore band MAROON have finished the work on their forthcoming new album “The Cold Heart Of The Sun”. The drums were recorded at the Danish Hansen Studios by the mighty Jacob Hansen (Heaven Shall Burn, Neaera, Fear My Thoughts, Volbeat, etc), who also did the mixing and mastering duties for the album while the other instruments and vocals were nailed down at the Rape Of Harmonies studio in Germany with Ralf Müller, Patrick W. Engel and Alexander Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn).

Here is the MAROON “The Cold Heart Of The Sun” tracklisting:

1. [Reach] The Sun
2. Only The Sleeper Left The World
3. Steelbath Your Heart
4. My Funeral Song
5. Black Halo!
6. The Cold Heart Of The Sun
7. For Those Unseen
8. As Truth Becomes Vain
9. The Iron Council
10. Fear The Most Them Who Protect
11. Some Goodbyes Are Farewells

“The Cold Heart Of The Sun” will be released in Europe on October 22nd.

Furthermore MAROON have been confirmed for the mainland for the European tour alongside As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour and labelmates HIMSA. More...

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Another New Darkest Hour Track Is Posted Online

You can check out the song “Stand And Receive Your Judgment,” off DARKEST HOUR’s upcoming new album Deliver Us, over at the band’s official MySpace page. The album will be released on July 10th through Victory Records.

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Darkest Hour Post Demon(s) Video Online

Darkest Hour's video for their track "Demon(s)" has made its way online and can be seen here. The song is lifted from the groups new album "Deliver Us", which is slated for a July 10th release date through Victory.

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Darkest hour Post Webisode Of Latest Happenings

Darkest Hour have posted a new webisode documenting the filming of the video for their track "Demon(s)" online here. The track is taken from the groups upcoming new album "Deliver Us", which is due out in stores through Victory on July 10th. In addition, the band have also added the following stops to their schedule:
July 12th Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar (Feat. Amon Amarth, Goatwhore, The Acacia Strain, This Is Hell)
July 31st Boise, ID - Big Easy Concert House (Feat. Shadows Fall, Amon Amarth, The Acacia Strain)
August 12th Washington DC - 9:30 Club (Feat. Job For A Cowboy, Damnation AD,A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon)

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SOTU 2007 2 CD+1 DVD Set Announced

The track listing has been revealed for the upcoming 2-CD/1 DVD "2007 Sounds Of The Underground" compilation. The outing will be limited to a pressing of 10,000 copies and will be available only at "Hot Topic" stores. It will run as follows:

CD 1:
01 - GWAR - "Eighth Lock"
02 - Shadows Fall - "Failure Of The Devout"
03 - Chimaira - "Resurrection"
04 - Every Time I Die - "The New Black"
05 - Job For A Cowboy - "Embedded"
06 - Necro - "The Pre-Fix For Death"
07 - Darkest Hour - "Doomsayer (The Beginning Of The End)"
08 - Amon Amarth - "Runes To My Memory"
09 - The Acacia Strain - "4x4' from 'The Dead Walk"
10 - The Devil Wears Prada - "HTML Rulz Dood"
11 - Heavy Heavy Low Low - "Mall-Nutrition"
12 - The Number Twelve Looks Like You - "Sleeping With The Fishes, See?"
13 - Goatwhore - "Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult"
14 - This Is Hell - "Permanence"
15 - 2Cents - "The Wedding Dress"

CD 2:
01 - Throwdown - "Holy Roller"
02 - A Life Once Lost - "Firewater Joyride"
03 - Beneath The Massacre - "Modern Age Slavery"
04 - NORA - "Save Yourself"
05 - Cellador - "Never Again"
06 - Since The Flood - "Strength"
07 - Anterior - "The Silent Divide"
08 - It Dies Today - "Reignite The Fires"
09 - Autumn - "My New Time"
10 - Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster - "Death Is An Alcoholic"
11 - Poison The Well - "Letter Thing"
12 - Walls Of Jericho - "And Hope To Die"
13 - See You Next Tuesday - "Honey I've Never Had Sex That Wasn't Awkward"
14 - Skeletonwitch - "Beyond The Permafrost (Demo)"
15 - The Minor Times - "Casket City Lights"
16 - The Human Abstract - "Vela, Together We Await The Storm"

Sights Of The Underground DVD:
01 - GWAR - "Eighth Lock"
02 - Shadows Fall - "Redemption"
03 - Chimaira - "Resurrection"
04 - Every Time I Die - "The New Black"
05 - Necro - "Beautiful Music For You To Die To"
06 - Darkest Hour - "Sound The Surrender"
07 - Amon Amarth - "Cry Of The Blackbirds"
08 - The Acacia Strain - "Angry Mob Justice"
09 - The Number Twelve Looks Like You - "Like A Cat"
10 - Goatwhore - "Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult"
11 - This Is Hell - "The Polygraph Cheaters"
12 - 2Cents - "The Wedding Dress"
13 - Kylesa - "Hollow Severer"
14 - Terror - "Lost' from 'Always The Hard Way"
15 - Misery Signals - "The Failsafe"

More info on the tour itself can be found at soundsoftheundergroundtour.com.

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Darkest Hour Posts "Demon(s)" Online

Darkest Hour's new track "Demon(s)" is now online and can be found here. It comes from the group's new album "Deliver Us", which is due out in stores through Victory on July 10th. In addition, the band have also relaunched their official website, www.darkesthour.cc.

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Psycroptic Australian Shows w/ Darkest Hour

Psycroptic have announce a string of Australian shows with Darkest Hour:

June 7th @ Fowlers Live, Adelaide
June 10th @ Come together festival, Luna park, Sydney
June 12th @ Spectrum, Sydney
June 13th @ The Corner, Melbourne

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Shadows Fall Announce SOTU Warmup Dates

Shadows Fall have lined up the following three headlining shows to lead them into this summers "Sounds Of The Underground Tour":

June 29th Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live! (Feat. Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain)
June 30th Huntington, WV - Huntington Music Hall (Feat. Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain)
July 01st Knoxville, TN - Blue Cat's (Feat. Every Time I Die, Darkest Hour, The Acacia Strain)

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Darkest Hour Announce Australian Tour Dates

Washington D.C.-based metallers DARKEST HOUR will embark on a tour of Australia in June. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Jun. 06 - Rosemount Hotel, Perth (18+)
Jun. 07 - Fowlers Live, Adelaide (All Ages)
Jun. 08 - The Arena, Brisbane (All Ages) *
Jun. 09 - Come Together Fest, Sydney (All Ages) *
Jun. 10 - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle (18+)
Jun. 13 - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)


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SOTU 2007 Lineup and Tour Dates Announced

Sounds of the Underground has announced the lineup for their annual tour. Following two straight appearances in the middle of the day, the event will be closed most nights by splatter metal champions, GWAR; ensuring that fans will remain blood and gore-free until the closing hours of the show. Three other bands will rotate in the headlining position prior to GWAR: a block-buster artist yet to be announced, face-shredding metal pugilists Chimaira, and experimental noisemakers Every Time I Die.

The day will be completed with a bill including Necro, Darkest Hour, Amon Amarth, The Acacia Strain, The Devil Wears Prada, HeavyHeavyLowLow, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Goatwhore, This Is Hell, and 2 Cents. Expect additional special guest headliners to join the bill on select dates.

The touring festival launches in July and runs into August. More...

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Darkest Hour Guitarist Releases Solo Album

Darkest Hour guitarist Kris Norris has posted the following reguarding his solo record:

“well so here in vancouver im still updating while tracking but round 2 of the kaiser rune solo cd is uploading keep checking http://www.krisnorris.com/solorecord2 for updates about half is done now its about a full 400 megs of the same stuff old and new things ive recorded here on my computer some classical some shred some film music! round 3 next week!”

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Darkest Hour Guitarist Seeks Help

Darkest Hour guitarist Kris Norris is seeking donations to help pay off the recent dental surgery that caused them to shuttle a number of dates, those interested can find more details here. The group are scheduled to enter a Vancouver, BC area studio in late February with Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad, etc. fame once again producing.

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Darkest Hour Guitarist Discusses Heath Issues

Darkest Hour guitarist Kris Norris has commented on the health crisis that forced the group to cancel the last few shows of their Fall tour with Soilwork, Mnemic, and Threat Signal. Here's a statement from Norris:

"After getting a few emails about this I decided to just say why we cancelled a few shows on the last tour...ok here's what happened, I've finally comes to terms with discussing this as it's very personal to me....I have a weird genetic calcium/enzyme deficiency disease that effects my mother's side of the family. Basically, my teeth were rotting out from this and I was struck with a very violent infection and had to be rushed to the hospital and this forced me to have 19 teeth surgically removed and a denture plate put in. I have recovered enough to do the UK tour but without insurance it cost me out of pocket $7,000 which I didn't have and had to pay up front so I borrowed it. Thank you to the band for putting up with this issue with me so much and understanding I couldn't ask for a bunch of better dudes to go through this with. Soon I will be having an auction for the guitar and cabinet that I used in the 'Convalescence' and 'Sound the Surrender' video to try and pay these people back ASAP since they were kind enough to lend me the money in dire need to do this (since my father who makes tons refused to help!). Every penny will go to them and I hope to pay them back fully and any money not made I will cover somehow or made over the cost (in my dreams) will be given out in other ways. I am just happy to be getting healthy again and not to look like a disgusting pile of shit any more. So that's the basic lowdown of it all, sorry to the guys and girls who missed us on the last few shows of the Soilwork tour, I'll give you all naked pictures of ryan in return with my apologies!"

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Darkest Hour To Enter Studio In February

Darkest Hour will head to Vancouver in February to begin recording their next album for Victory Records. As was the case with their previous album, Devin Townsend (Lamb Of God) will be producing. Here's a statement from guitarist Mike Schleibaum regarding the upcoming effort:

"You can expect a much more epic and sonically destructive evolution on the DH sound. We are taking what we learned and built with Undoing Ruin in a new and exciting direction. It will be a guitar heavy record and Kris and I are definitely looking to push both what we are capable of doing along with what this band is capable of doing. We want to make the record we think that we can't. We want there to be stuff on this record that makes us cry to play and also excited to pull off. We are looking forward to the challenge of following up Undoing Ruin and also the excitement of presenting some new songs both threw your stereo speakers and live as well."

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Darkest Hour Drops Off Soilwork Tour

Darkest Hour has cancelled the remainder of their shows on the Soilwork, etc. tour due to health issues. Here's a statement from the band:

"We are sorry to announce that we must cancel our upcoming shows in Pittsburgh, Rochester NY, and Detroit on our current tour with Soilwork, Mnemic, and Threat Signal. One of the us has a serious health issue that must be addressed immediately. We apologize to all the fans and the other bands, but when you're on tour forever health has to come first. We will see everyone in the UK next month and everyone in the US with a new record next year."

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