Darkest Hour Begin Recording New Album

Darkest Hour have officially started the recording process for their new album. The effort is expected to be released in late 2023.

The band commented:

“We’re in the studio, it has begun!

We are thrilled to announce we have begun tracking our 10th studio album at Mix Wave studios in Bethesda MD, with Taylor Larson & Ernie Slenkovich. We have been working hard over these past few years to write, re-write, edit, and re-edit the songs on this album. It has been strenuous but the end result is an album that we are absolutely in love with.

“John’s vocal performance is better than ever. The control of his abilities and techniques beautifully complement the evolution of the music. Our rhythm section has been with us now for over a decade.

Aaron Deal brings that analytical attention to detail and outside the box perspective that is so urgently needed to make an album feel just right. Travis is at the top of his game both physically and compositionally, his time in the band has proven essential for the growth of the band and we all seem to really speak the same language now.

In addition our good friend Nico Santora (who has been touring with us these past years) has blown away our expectations with his additions to this records. His influence is truly felt here. This album makes one hell of a statement on the guitar and he is directly responsible for that.” – Mike Schleibaum

Special thanks to our Patreons who have helped keep our band alive these past years and helped fund the creation of another addition to our catalog.

A late 2023 release is planned, with more details on the way. You can follow along via our official Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/DarkestHourOfficial

For more in depth updates, to watch as we build this album from the ground up, and for your chance to get a Patreon exclusive version of our new record once it is complete.

Can not wait for you all to hear these new jams and to enjoy them with you live sooner than later!”

Former Darkest Hour Guitarist Mike “Lonestar” Carrigan Accuses Kris Norris Of “Faking” His Guitar Solos

According to The PRP, ex-Darkest Hour members Kris Norris and Mike “Lonestar” Carrigan have been beefing online. Among the insults hurled back and forth was one from Carrigan, who accused Norris of “faking” his guitar solos.

Carrigan said the following about his departure from the band

“Reason #973 why I quit Darkest Hour.

I remember being on a zoom call in spring 2020 and John Henry was having a meltdown saying something along the lines of “if trump wins re election, we’re probably gonna need your guns for a war” and i almost spit my out my drink. Not only had this dumbass previously told me he thinks owning guns should be illegal, but he was asking me to particpate in some really stupid stuff.”

Carrigan and Norris then got into an argument with Carrigan having shared various screen caps. In those messages, Carrigan said Norris was “faking” solos by recording them at half-speed and speeding them up with a computer.

Further insults and shots were taken, including ones related to politics. Publishing/royalty payments and their contributions to the band were also brought up. Carrigan asserts that Norris‘ legacy is “fake guitar solos,” while Norris asserts that Carrigan wasn’t “on any songs any one cares about…”

Carrigan also added the following about Darkest Hour as a whole:

“They recorded them at half speed and sped them up. Then tried to pull a RATM and say that there’s no keyboards on their records knowing that they faked all their “virtuosic” guitar playing. Their entire sound is stolen from 3 bands.”

You can read more HERE.

Upon A Burning Body To Replace Born Of Osiris On Upcoming In Flames, Darkest Hour, And Hammerhedd Tour

Born Of Osiris have dropped off of their October tour with In Flames, Darkest Hour, and Hammerhedd. Upon A Burning Body will now be taking their place. Here’s the dates:

10/17 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
10/18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/20 Richmond, VA – The National
10/21 Warrendale, PA – Jergels
10/22 Cleveland, OH – TempleLive at Cleveland Masonic
10/23 London, ON – London Music Hall (no Hammerhedd)
10/24 Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre
10/26 Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s
10/27 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theatre (no Darkest Hour)
10/28 Reading, PA – Reverb (no Darkest Hour)

Darkest Hour Plan To Release New Album In 2023

Darkest Hour are planning to release a new album next year. The band recently confirmed the news while reflecting on their 27th anniversary.

The group said the following:

“Happy 27th birthday to US, DARKEST HOUR!

Check out this classy cake lol!

That’s right, 27 years ago on September 23rd, 1995 we played our first show and this wild adventure began!

When we started this band we had just a few simple goals: travel the world, make new friends, experience new cultures, play bad ass music, inspire, and leave a legacy to be remembered! Happy to say 27 years later we are still working towards those exact same goals.

We can not say thank you enough to those of you who have supported us, via our brand new Patreon, those of you who have come out to a show, bought a record, T-shirt, CD, attended a Meet & Greet, or just jammed our music and connected with it!

What are our plans for our 28th year?

How about releasing our 10th full length studio album and traveling with world to hug you in person!

For now, cheers to MANY MANY MORE YEARS!

❤ Mike, John, Tito, Deal, Travis, Nico !!!"

In Flames Announce October North American Tour With Born Of Osiris, Darkest Hour, & Hammerhedd

In Flames have announced a North American tour with Born Of Osiris, Darkest Hour, and Hammerhedd. Here’s the dates:

10/17 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
10/18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/20 Richmond, VA – The National
10/21 Warrendale, PA – Jergels
10/22 Cleveland, OH – TempleLive at Cleveland Masonic
10/23 London, ON – London Music Hall (no Hammerhedd)
10/24 Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre
10/26 Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s
10/27 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theatre (no Darkest Hour)
10/28 Reading, PA – Reverb (no Darkest Hour)

Darkest Hour Announce “Deliver Us” 15th Anniversary European Tour

Darkest Hour have announced the dates for the European leg of their “Deliver Us” 15th anniversary tour. The trek will find the band performing the album “in it’s entirety plus a whole bunch of hits (where time permits)!” Here’s the dates:

08/07 Munchen, GER – Backstage
08/10 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault Fest
08/12 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
08/13 Stuttgart, GER – Juha West
08/14 Lindau, GER – Vaudeville
08/15 Nurnberg, GER – Hirsch
08/16 Dresden, GER – Chemiefabrik
08/17 Berlin, GER – SO36
08/18 Dinkelsbuhl, GER – Summer Breeze
08/19 Sulingen, GER – Reload Open Air
08/20 Trier, GER – Summer Blast Fest

Darkest Hour Digitally Release Reimagined Versions Of “Payphones & Pills” & “Oklahoma”

Darkest Hour have digitally released some reimagined versions of “Payphones & Pills” and “Oklahoma” via Bandcamp. The tracks were previously only available through the band’s Patreon.

Darkest Hour Announce “Deliver Us” 15th Anniversary Tour

Darkest Hour will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Deliver Us” by performing it in full on a summer headlining tour. Toxic Holocaust, Zao, Bloodlet, and Cobra Czar will serve as support on select dates.

Tour Dates:

With Toxic Holocaust:

06/30 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
07/01 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
07/02 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
07/03 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
07/05 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

With Zao & Bloodlet:

07/07 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club (with Cobra Czar) (no Bloodlet)
07/08 Chicago, IL – Reggies
07/09 Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary
07/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
07/12 Worcester, MA – Palladium
07/13 Mechanicsburg, PA – Lovedraft’s
07/14 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
07/16 Washington, DC – Black Cat

Darkest Hour, Himsa, Dreamshade, & For I Am King Cancel European/UK Tour

Darkest Hour, Himsa, Dreamshade, and For I Am King have cancelled their upcoming European/UK tour. The trek was unable to move forward due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Darkest Hour commented:

“Sadly, due to the ongoing COVID situation, our upcoming European / UK Tour this March with HIMSA, DREAMSHADE, and FOR I AM KING is now canceled.

We are heartbroken.

For those of you who have purchased pre-sale tickets, THANK YOU, WE APPRECIATE YOU, your tickers will be refunded at the point of purchase.

Sending love to all the promoters & clubs who will feel this pain as well.

Don’t lose hope, we have a handful of dates announced for August including our appearances at Brutal Assault, Reload Festival, and Summer Blast Fest with more dates TBA.

We will continue to keep you entertained and updated with all things Darkest Hour over on our Patreon as Album X gets a little closer.

To our European fans we love you, we are family, canceling this tour sucks so bad, but like always we will push forward.

❤ DH”