DARKEST HOUR's latest video released in promotion of their album ‘The Human Romance’ was created by Mihaszna Films. (Remember the name.) ‘Severed Into Separates’ comes off Washington D.C. metallers' seventh album, released in February 2011 in the U.S. on eOne Music and internationally in March on Century Media. ‘The Human Romance’ sold around 3,600 copies in U.S. in its first week and has debuted at number 185 on The Billboard Top 200 chart. ‘The Human Romance’ was recorded with producer Peter Wichers and can be listened to in its entirety below, courtesy DARKEST HOUR. Remember, it can be purchased as well. Here (DARKEST HOUR store).
“Longtime DARKEST HOUR fans should be very pleased by this record; they continue to write good songs and perform them with commitment and power. Because of their consistency, though, this album would also make a great introduction to the band's catalog,” [commented AllMusic's reviewer Phil Freeman - read the rest here:]
Formed in 1995 in Washington, D.C., DARKEST HOUR released their debut recording, an EP titled ‘The Misanthrope’, in 1996, followed by ‘The Prophecy Fulfilled’ EP in 1999. The quintet issued their debut full-length, ‘The Mark Of The Judas’, a year later through M.I.A. By the time their label went out of business shortly after, the band nevertheless garnered enough exposure to catch the attention of Victory Records. Second full-length, ‘So Sedated, So Secure’, was followed in 2001. (“The potential is there; the album is solidly written, and new melodic takes on death metal are always welcome,” commented the release AllMusic's Matt Kantor.) Fredrik Nordström-produced third album, 2003's ‘Hidden Hands Of A Sadist Nation’, marked a shift for DARKEST HOUR from metalcore to a more melodic death metal style, yet Revolver Magazine proclaimed the album to be a “metalcore classic”. Devin Townsend-produced ‘Undoing Ruin’ (2005), was their first record to enter the American music chart Billboard 200 (at number 138). The upward momentum continued for the band with their second Townsend-produced album, ‘Deliver Us’; the 2007s release debuted at number 110 on the Billboard Top 200 chart:
“It’s more that as a band, they’ve matured, arrived at something completely realized after nearly a decade together. For those who are curious, this [album] is a way in, for the faithful, this is what you've been waiting for,” [commented Thom Jurek, AllMusic – more here]
DARKEST HOUR's last album for Victory Records was released in 2009; for ‘The Eternal Return’ the band returned to their first producer Brian McTernan:
“Just about every other song here features a hooky riff and a memorable - if not “catchy” in the traditional pop chart sense - chorus.These are songs destined to be shouted along with as fists pump in the pit. Combine that with the totally air-guitar-worthy solos, and you’ve got a very solid metalcore/melodic death metal album,” [observed AllMusic's Phil Freeman – read more here]
DARKEST HOUR features: John Henry – vocals, Mike “Lonestar” Carrigan – guitar, Mike Schleibaum – guitar, Aaron Deal – bass and Timothy Java - drums