Darkest Hour Announce Livestream Benefit Show

Darkest Hour have announced a livestream benefit show. The virtual event will take place on September 26 and proceeds from it will go towards employees at The Black Cat venue in Washington, D.C. Tickets can be found HERE.

The band commented:

“We have been spending a lot of time thinking of our family, friends, and colleagues who are all struggling to find a way through these trying times. The Black Cat has been a constant refuge for us over the years and so it feels right to our best to give back now. We need art, we need music, and we will need a place to all come together eventually to heal form all of this. We want those of our friends who work in the music/art/live events industry to know that we see you, we are here for you, and most of all that you are not alone.

We will be rolling out a special digital merchandise store, and some other surprises so follow along on our social media as we reveal more details. Happy to do our part to support the fund and give back to a community and club that has given so much to us.

Thanks so much in advance for helping get the word out. Just trying to get creative, stay active, give back, all while we try and write the best album of our lives!”

Darkest Hour Part Ways With Guitarist Michael “Lonestar” Carrigan

Darkest Hour have parted ways with guitarist Michael “Lonestar” Carrigan. A replacement has yet to be revealed.

The band commented:

“After over a decade of touring the world with us and contributing to 4 of our full length records Darkest Hour announces the departure of guitarist Michael “Lonestar” Carrigan.

We are sure you will be hearing more music from him, we are thankful for his years with us, and we wish him well.

As for Darkest Hour, our next chapter starts now.

We have a lot in store for you as we continue work on our 10th full length record. You can follow and support us via our bands Patreon or our social media outlets.

❤ Darkest Hour
John, Mike, Travis, & Deal“

Full Lineup Revealed For Virtual “Slay At Home” Festival

The full lineup for the virtual “Slay At Home” festival has officially been revealed. The event, which was organized by Metal Injection’s Frank Godla, will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.

Lineup:

Never Before Seen Performances By:

Suicide Silence
TesseracT
Gavin Rossdale (Bush)
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Twelve Foot Ninja
Tyler Bates
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls
Darkest Hour
Allegaeon
Entheos
Der Weg einer Freiheit
O’Brother
Khemmis
Silvertomb
Mantar
Astronoid
Employed To Serve
Spirit Adrift
Spotlights
Cadaver
Andy Gillion
Johnny Booth
Panamama
Moon Destroys
Nitesoil
Contracult Collective
Spylacopa
Del Judas
Myrone
Chronus
AA Williams
Angel Vivaldi
GlerAkur
Jo Quail

Commissioned Music By:

“Pallid Veil”:
Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
Dave Davidson (Revocation / Gargoyl)
Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Elliot Hoffman (Carbomb)

“Digital Ink”:
Ben Weinman (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Billy Rymer (END, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Brian Sullivan (Thoughtcrimes)

“Solo Set”:
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)

“DJ M’s Wacky Attacky”:
Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor)

Cover Collaborations By:

Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb / Type O Negative)
Ash Pearson (Revocation)
Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)
Gwarsenio Hall (Two Minutes To Late Night)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Steve Zing (Samhain/Danzig)
Hank Hell (Silvertomb)
Pepe Clarke (Kyng)
Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Conor Marshall (Sylosis),
Greg Burgess (Allegaeon)
Frank Godla (Metal Injection)
Mrs. Smith
Phil Pendergast (Khemmis)
Justine Jones and Sammy Urwin (Employed To Serve)
Kevin Antreassian (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
DJ Scully (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Billy Rymer (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head)
Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through)
John Tempesta (The Cult, ex-Rob Zombie)
Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000)
Joey Vera (Armored Saint)
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow / MSG)

Guest Appearances By:

Gost
Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)
Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Liquid Metal)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Chef Brian Tsao
Chef Chris Santos
Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black)
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)

Art Installations By:

Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
Vincent Castiglia
Trine Grimm
Jodi Cachia
Zein
Carin Hazmat
Nathaniel Shannon
Kevin Wilson
Rodrigo Fredes
Vertebrae 33
Stefan Raduta

Godla commented:

“By keeping the set times between 5 and 15 minutes for each artist, it allows me to not only keep things moving, but mix it up in ways that conventional festivals simply can’t. Every single hour will contain big names and emerging artists right next to each other.

I’m trying to look at the bright side of our current situation, and not only make this an entertaining way to see the artists you love flex their creativity in new ways, but hope this event acts as a place of discovery for every viewer out there.

Finding a band or artist to fall in love with is the mark of a great festival to me, and it’s my honor to share the work of these amazing individuals I curated because I’m passionate about them. I’ve been in touch with all of them every step of the way, and some even managed to throw me a few surprises.

I’m honored and humbled to have all of them part of this, they truly went above and beyond to showcase their craft for the Slay At Home fest, and I can’t wait for the world to see something really special come to life this weekend.”

Money raised from the event will benefit MusiCares and Global Giving.

Darkest Hour, TesseracT, Twelve Foot Ninja, Etc. To Take Part In “Slay At Home” Virtual Festival

Metal Injection‘s Frank Godla has organized a new virtual festival called “Slay At Home.” The event will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.

Here’s the lineup:

Previously Unseen Quarantine Performances:

  • TesseracT
  • Darkest Hour
  • Twelve Foot Ninja
  • O’Brother
  • Der Weg einer Freiheit
  • Silvertomb
  • Astronoid
  • Contracult Collective
  • Myrone
  • A.A. Williams

Commissioned Music Participants:

  • Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
  • Dave Davidson (Revocation)
  • Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan)
  • Elliot Hoffman (Car Bomb)

Collaborative Cover Participants:

  • Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
  • Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
  • Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
  • Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
  • Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb, Type O Negative)
  • Ash Pearson (Revocation)
  • Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)

Special Guests:

  • Jessica Pimentel (“Orange Is The New Black”)
  • Gost
  • Charlie Benante (Anthrax)

Art Installation Participants:

  • Vincent Castiglia
  • Trine Grimm
  • Jodi Cachia

Fans can watch the festival on YouTube and will also be able to donate money to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund. Godla commented:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone on the planet, and sadly some of the last people to get their lives back will be the ones we depend on to get us through these times. I wanted to create a platform that aids artists, their crew, and global healthcare efforts alike.

The experience of a live concert is irreplaceable, but my aim with Slay At Home is to provide every person in the world an experience they haven’t seen yet, right from their own devices. I’ve never been more proud to be part of the metal community and have so many great friends willing to join the fun, as we support two great organizations.”

Darkest Hour Announce Rescheduled Dates For West Coast Tour With Misery Signals & SECT

Darkest Hour have announced the rescheduled dates for their tour with Misery Signals and SECT. The trek was previously postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tour Dates:

12/10 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
12/11 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
12/12 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
12/13 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
12/14 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
12/15 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
12/18 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
12/19 Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theatre
12/20 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw

Darkest Hour commented:

“Of course, due to the current world pandemic we must totally accept the possibility that these shows could also be effected, but we will not let that affect our hopes!

Everything is rapidly changing and it is impossible to say right now how things will sort themselves out by this December.

We encourage everyone to stay home, practice the new found art of social distancing, and stay safe so that we can help get this virus under control and live music can return!

We are, and will continue to, actively monitor the situation over the course of the next few months and we are committed to taking a pragmatic approach to the tour as a whole. If it’s not conducive to the health and safety of everyone involved, the shows will be shelved, tickets will be refunded, and we will continue to push on in the spirit of all things heavy metal!

We hope to see you at these shows, now more then ever it’s clear how important this connection of music and spirit is!

<3”

Darkest Hour Postpone West Coast Tour With Misery Signals & SECT

Darkest Hour have postponed their West Coast tour with Misery Signals and SECT due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will be rescheduled at a later date.

Darkest Hour commented:

“Due to complications beyond our control, and in an effort to keep our fans and loved ones safe, we will be postponing our 25th Anniversary West Coast Tour, scheduled for this April 2020, and will reschedule for later this year.

All pre-sale tickets will be honored for the re-scheduled dates. Refunds will be available at point of purchase, but we encourage you to hold on to those tickets to help support these venues while they try to survive this.

Many of our friends in bands, who work at clubs, who work as restaurants, who work in other service industry jobs have been hit very hard the past few days with all the virus madness and we encourage you to reach out to those that you can with whatever support you have at your means.

This virus is a terrible threat, but so is fear.

We must be there for each other and you know we will always be there for you.

There are many places you can access our music for free right now. If the stress of these modern times are bringing you down then crank that shit up, that’s partially why this music was created!!!

We also encourage you to support our brothers in Misery Signals and Sect XVX who no doubt have expenses associated with the postponement of the dates.

Please show some love to the clubs and promoters who will DESPERATELY need you to come back once the CDC lifts its crowd limit recommendation. Please keep checking the CDC website for updates and recommendations of what to do during the coming weeks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

As for us, we continue to be thankful for the opportunity to do this, a heavy metal show is truly a special thing and we cherish the joy of the stage

We are very active and accessible via our Official Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/DarkestHourOfficial

This is the best way to financially support us as well as get some bad ass limited items!

We also have merchandise available via our DIY-Webstore (each order is packed by a band member and we always throw in something special): https://darkesthour.bigcartel.com

Next up for us is a little festival run this summer in Europe. Till then please keep connected with us!”

Darkest Hour Announce West Coast Tour With Misery Signals & SECT

Darkest Hour will be celebrating their 25th anniversary on a West Coast tour. Misery Signals and SECT will open.

Darkest Hour commented:

“West Coast USA!

We are coming back to party with you all!

We will be brining our best BUDS in Misery Signals (who are working on some FUCKING BRILLIANT new music) and one of our favorite new bands of old friends, SECT for this little run.

We will also be busting out our new extended “deep” cuts set list, where we are playing songs we have “NEVER” played as well as songs that need to be celebrated!

This is a dream tour package for us! What better way to kick of 2020!?”

Tour Dates:

04/16 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
04/17 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
04/18 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
04/19 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
04/20 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
04/21 Los Angeles, CA – Club 1720
04/23 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
04/24 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/25 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/26 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw

Darkest Hour Launch Official Patreon

Darkest Hour have launched an official Patreon. Fans that sign up will receive a number of exclusives including unreleased music and more.

The group said the following:

“We are now on PATREON!

It’s our 25th anniversary this year and we will be celebrating by allowing you even more access into our band archives, our touring as we take the celebration to the streets of the world, and the ongoing process as we write and record our 10th studio album!

A Patreon is a monthly subscription service, run by us, the band, that allows your favorite content creators (DARKEST HOUR) to provide you with new content and access, while allowing us to charge a small monthly fee to fund all the metal madness!

Via our new Patreon site we will be give you access to lots of content some of it never before accessible, some of it so old it has been lost to the black hole of the Internet, and some of it totally BRAND NEW and exclusive.

We will also be using your support to help create this exclusive, original, and fun monthly content as well as the occasional limited and original physical item to reward you all!

TO KICK THIS ALL OFF, right now the first 500 subscribers to the the Physical Benefits tier will receive a LIMITED / EXCLUSIVE / NEVER RELEASED 7 inch record.

Including a never before heard Black Flag Cover we’ve cooked up special for this occasion.

ANYONE who subscribes will get IMMEDIATE access to download a digital version of this exclusive 7 inch! – WORLD WIDE!

This gives ALL of you that have have been left out by the shipping limitations of our DIY Webstore a chance to join in as again, this is available WORLD WIDE!

We have been handling a lot of our band operations internally for years and this new Patreon will be an extension of that spirit as well a NEW tool for us to give you MORE DARKEST HOUR!

Without your help and support we would have never been able to accomplished all that we have. We are constantly in awe of the love and support you all show.

Just navigate over to our Patreon site and chose the right subscription tier for you!

GO TO: https://www.patreon.com/DarkestHourOfficial

Cheers to 2020!
❤ Darkest Hour“

[via MetalSucks]

Darkest Hour Announce European/UK Tour With Fallujah, Bloodlet, Une Misère, & Lowest Creature

Darkest Hour will be celebrating their 25th anniversary on a European/UK tour next year. Fallujah, Bloodlet, Une Misère, and Lowest Creature will open.

Tour Dates:

01/17 Karlsruhe, GER – Weiße Rose
01/18 Antwerp, BEL – Kavka
01/19 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
01/20 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
01/21 London, UK – Underworld
01/22 Den Bosch, NET – Willem Twee
01/23 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
01/24 Hamburg, GER – Logo
01/25 Berlin, GER – Bi Nuu
01/26 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagdka
01/27 Vienna, AUT – Arena
01/28 Prague, CZE – Futurm
01/29 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
01/30 Munich, GER – Backstage
01/31 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
02/01 Bochum, GER – Matrix

Darkest Hour commented:

“It is with extreme excitement that we announce what we hope to be one of many tour’s next year celebrating our 25th anniversary!

Over these past 25 years we have toured with both new and established bands and have always worked hard to make our tour packages diverse and interesting.

This tour is in keeping with that tradition!

Fallujah is ripping progressive death metal who have had our attention for a while, can’t wait to see these riffs live!

Bloodlet is a very special band to us. One of the our early influences, it is EASY to say we would not be a band (or at least not the same band) without their influence. We grew up going to their shows and it’s a joy to be able to share the stage with them!

Une Misère, we got to see them play this summer and were impressed, Insanely heavy, Icelandic mosh of the highest form!

Lowest Creature is a killer blend of classic metal elements we all love translated with a new and distinctly Swedish twist!

Oh and you know we will have a few surprises planned for this special 25th anniversary set!

See you in the Pit!”

Darkest Hour’s Mike Schleibaum To Fill In For Unearth’s Ken Susi At Upcoming Shows

Unearth have announced that Darkest Hour guitarist Mike Schleibaum will be filling in for Ken Susi during the first four dates of their upcoming tour. Susi plans to return to the band in time for their September 7 set at the Full Terror Assault festival in Cave-In-Rock, IL.

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Our good friend Mike Schleibaum @theriffdojo will once again be lending a helping hand and filling in for @kensusi on the first four dates of our upcoming tour with @thesoulflytribe . Ken will join the tour at Full Terror Assault in Cave In Rock, Illinois. Mike previously filled in for a couple gigs this past February during our co-headlining run with his band, Darkest Hour, in Canada. Schleibaum is a pro, a friend and we look forward to hitting the stage with him again. See you out there real soon. w/ Soulfly, Incite, Prison, Arrival of Autumn Sept. 03 — Dallas, Texas @ Gas Monkey Sept. 04 — Oklahoma City, Okla. @ 89th Street Collective Sept. 05 — Ft Smith, Ark. @ The Majestic Sept. 06 — Memphis, Tenn. Growlers Sept. 07 — Cave In Rock, Ill. @ Full Terror Assault Festival Sept. 08 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart's Sept. 09 — Clifton Park, NY Upstate Music Hall Sept. 10 — Syracuse, N.Y. @ Westcott Theater Sept. 11 — New York, N.Y. @ (le) Poisson Rouge Sept. 12 — Clifton, N.J. @ Dingbatz Sept. 13 — Providence, R.I. @ Fete Ballroom* Sept. 14 — Easton, Penn. @ One Centre Square* Sept. 15 — Baltimore, Md. @ Soundstage Sept. 16 — Norfolk, Va. @ The NorVa European tour w/ As I Lay Dying, Chelsea Grin, Fit for a King 27/09 Germany Leipzig @ Haus Auensee 28/09 Germany Hamburg @ Sporthalle 30/09 Norway Oslo @ Rockefeller 01/10 Sweden Stockholm @ Fryshuset Klubben 02/10 Denmark Copenhagen @ Amager Bio 03/10 Germany Berlin @ Columbiahalle 04/10 Czech Rep Prague @ Forum Karlin 05/10 Germany Munich @ Zenith 06/10 Austria Vienna @ Gasometer 07/10 Hungary Budapest @ Barba Negra 09/10 Italy Milan @ Magazzini Generali 10/10 Switzerland Zurich @ Volkshaus 11/10 France Grenoble @ La Belle Electrique 12/10 Spain Barcelona @ Apolo 13/10 Spain Madrid @ La Riviera 15/10 France Paris @ Bataclan 16/10 Belgium Brussels @ AB 17/10 Netherlands Tilburg @ 013 18/10 Germany Saarbrücken @ E-Werk 19/10 Germany Cologne @ Palladium #unearth #soulfly #darkesthour #mikeschleibaum #kensusi #incite #prison #arrivalofautumn #asilaydying #chelseagrin #fitforaking #USA #europe #tour Photo credit – @capturethecore

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