Dark Sermon Call It Quits

It looks like Dark Sermon have decided to call it quits. Despite this, Johnny Crowder will continue to make music with his new band Prison.

Crowder commented:

“Hey all, J here. My eyes are flooding as I type this, but you deserve to hear it.

Dark Sermon has been my life’s work for nearly a decade – an unforgettable whirlwind of sweat, flat tires, and insane tours. In my head, DS would live on forever, but life rarely follows the imaginary paths we paint for it.

At this point, we have fulfilled our contracts with eOne and Nuclear Blast. This, coupled with a rather unforgiving season of rotten luck, led several members to retire from touring altogether. While I was stubbornly determined to press on, the remaining members decided that now would be a good time to let DS rest.

Initially, I couldn’t accept it, but now I understand. Since high school, we’ve barely had a moment to tend to anything outside of the band. Looking back, I see how undying dedication to one solitary thing can lead to imbalance.

Is Dark Sermon done? Unfortunately, that is not up to me. However, I can’t just stop writing music and sharing it with the world. This is why I created my new band, Prison. You can watch our new music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRd5npZccM8) or preorder our new record (https://prisonfl.bandcamp.com/) if you’d like to support us.

Although I am still trying to make peace with this situation, Dark Sermon brought immeasurable healing to me and countless others. And for that, I will never, ever forget it – or you.

To everyone who has followed my personal journey with mental illness, faith, and sobriety, thank you. Whether you decide to accompany me in this new chapter or not, you’ve already given me more than I could ask for. You saved my life.

I love each and every one of you. Deeply.

Goodbye for now.
Yours forever,

J [Johnny Crowder]”

Dark Sermon Announce 2016 U.S. Tour With Exalt

Dark Sermon have announced a 2016 U.S. tour with Exalt. Check out the dates below.


Tour Dates:

07/05 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
07/06 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse
07/07 Richmond, VA – The Camel
07/08 New York, NY – The Studio
07/09 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
07/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
07/11 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
07/12 Columbus, OH – Summit
07/13 Chicago, IL – Underground Lounge
07/14 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
07/16 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
07/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock
07/18 Reno, NV – PB&J’s
07/19 Santa Cruz, CA – Blue Lagoon
07/20 Fullerton, CA – Slidebar
07/21 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock
07/23 Tucson, AZ – Gary’s Place
07/24 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
07/25 Ft Worth, TX – Tomcats
07/26 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog
07/27 San Antonio, TX – Korova
07/29 Birmingham, AL – Syndicate Lounge
07/30 Orlando, FL – The Haven

Dark Sermon Premiere New Song “In Each Hand, A Talisman Of Sacred Stone”

Dark Sermon have premiered a new song titled “In Each Hand, A Talisman Of Sacred Stone,” via Lambgoat. This song is from the band’s new album, The Oracle, which will be released on August 21.

Click the LINK to go to the stream.


Dark Sermon To Release New Album “The Oracle” In August

Dark Sermon have revealed the title and release date of their new album. The effort will be called The Oracle and it will be released on August 21. Check out some behind the scenes footage from the album sessions below:

Johnny Crowder said the following about the effort:

“All I can say is that it is certainly a step in a new and interesting direction. As a whole, it is slower, faster, heavier, more engaging, and more mature than ‘In Tongues.’ I think we finally found our true sound.”