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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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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+)

* With NORMA JEAN, EVERY TIME I DIE More...

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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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