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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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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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Early Darkest Hour Tracks To See A Recording

Pittsburgh, PA-based label A-F Records has set an October 3 release date for a collection of DARKEST HOUR's early recordings prior to the band's signing with Victory. The set will mark DARKEST HOUR's ten-year anniversary and will feature over an hour of rare and unreleased material, including three alternate versions of songs from DARKEST HOUR's first release.

For more information, visit www.a-frecords.com.

DARKEST HOUR will soon embark on a tour with MISERY SIGNALS in support of last year's "Undoing Ruin".

Released in June 2005 via Victory Records, "Undoing Ruin" was produced by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend and features artwork by Chris Taylor of PG. 99.

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Darkest Hour, Misery Signals, FASSW Tour Dates

Darkest Hour, Misery Signals, From a Second Story Window, and Versus the Mirror will be touring portions of the U.S. and Canada this summer. Here are the latest tour dates:

8/7 Halifax, NS @ Pavillion
8/8 Halifax, NS @ The Attic
8/9 Quebec City, QC @ Anti Hall
8/12 Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
8/13 Guelph, ON @ Club Denium
8/14 London, ON @ The Embassy
8/15 Timmins, ON @ Victory Tavern
8/16 Thunder Bay, ON @ Community Theater
8/17 Winnipeg, MB @ Albert
8/18 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
8/19 TBA
8/20 TBA
8/21 Calgary, AB @ Underground
8/22 TBA
8/23 Vancouver, BC @ Richards On Richards
8/24 Victoria, BC @ Sugar Night Club
8/25 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/26 TBA
8/27 TBA
8/29 Spokane, WA @ Big Dipper
8/30 Billings, MT @ Venture Theater
8/31 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
9/1 Wichita, KS @ Headway Skatepark
9/2 Omaha, NE @ Sokal Underground
9/4 Detroit, MI @ Alvins Theater
9/5 Erie, PA @ Forward Hall
9/6 Syracuse, NY @ The Furnace
9/7 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
9/8 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar

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Cephalic Carnage Euro Tour w/ Darkest Hour, DTF

CEPHALIC CARNAGE will team up with DARKEST HOUR and DEAD TO FALL for an extensive European tour that also includes a number of festival appearances.

The tour will kick off on June 8 in Karlsruhe, Germany and is scheduled to conclude on July 2 in Tilburg, Netherlands. During the course of the tour, CEPHALIC CARNAGE will be making appearances at such high-profile festivals such as the HellFest Open Air, Pressure Fest, Munster Vainstream Rock Festival, Power Fest, Transmitter Fest, Summer Blast Fest and more. This is CEPHALIC CARNAGE’s second European tour in support of their current record Anomalies and follows their most recent North American tour with A LIFE ONCE LOST.

Here are Cephalic Carnage's currently confirmed tour dates: More...

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Sthress Tour Dates Announced

Dates have been announced for this year's Strhess tour which will feature Shadows Fall as headliners. Also, Poison the Well, It Dies Today, Still Remains, Darkest Hour, Bury Your Dead, Himsa, Suffocation, and Throwdown will be featured as support acts. Dates are as follows:

July 12 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 13 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
July 15 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
July 16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagle's Club
July 17 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
July 19 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
July 21 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy
July 22 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
July 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
August 1 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
August 2 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
August 7 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's

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Darkest Hour Brings Down Asbury Park, NJ

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.

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Soilwork to Tour with Darkest Hour and Others

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

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Darkest Hour Throw In Three Mexican Dates

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

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New Himsa and The Acacia Strain eCard

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...

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Darkest Hour Release Live Video Online

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.

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Victory To Reissue Darkest Hour's Debut Album

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."

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The Acacia Strain Touring Update

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...

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Himsa and The Acacia Strain Plan US Tour In 2006

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...

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Darkest Hour, Himsa Tour Dates Being Unveiled

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

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FASSW Announce Shows with Darkest Hour

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!"

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

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