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Washington DC, United States (1995 – present)

Darkest Hour is a / band currently signed to Sumerian Records. The band is officially based in Washington, DC, but several of the members live in Richmond, Virginia. Their sound is akin to classic European metal acts such as At the Gates and In Flames, but it is noted for the incorporation of elements of and music. Over the years they have toured with many influential acts, including The Crown, Zao, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Thrice, and Soilwork. They also played 2004’s Ozzfest.

Formation (1994−1999)

Darkest Hour was formed on September 23, 1995 and initially consisted of vocalist John Henry, guitarist Mike Schleibaum, bassist Raul Mayorga and drummer Matt Maben.

The band released its first EP titled The Misanthrope in 1996 on a local label called Death Truck Records. In 1996, Darkest Hour cut a single titled “Paths of Despair” for East Coast Empire Records’ The Harder They Come compilation. The song proceeds at a slower, grueling tempo in comparison to the up-beat tempo the band would come to be known for. In 1999, Darkest Hour released another EP titled The Prophecy Fulfilled on another label called Art Monk Construction.
The Mark of the Judas and So Sedated, So Secure (2000−2002)

The addition of second guitarist Fred Ziomek, bassist Billups Allen and drummer Ryan Parrish saw the band release their first full-length LP The Mark of the Judas in 2000, on the now-defunct M.I.A. Records.

The Mark of the Judas was not widely promoted or distributed due to M.I.A. Records going out of business not long after the album’s release.


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  • I0O

    no kris norris - no darkest hour

    13 Feb 10:06am Reply
  • knight_88

    "The darkest emo scene kid band out there" Fuck off, you guys are confusing this with the 'Black Veil Brides' shoutbox, lol.

    12 Jan 2:18am Reply
  • bonjovyborges

    R.I.P. Darkest Hour

    10 Jan 10:54am Reply
  • bobo9390

    The darkest emo scene kid band out there [2] Granted they haven't been Scene since roughly 07 or so, but this was definitely true in their scene days. One of the best Scene acts of that era.

    2 Jan 8:52am Reply
  • arthursrfp

    the only good shit on the new album is for sure anti axis, and just because of the guitars, the rest sucks..

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
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    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • HerFadingSmile

    Bullet For My Darkest Hour or Darkest Hour For My Valentine

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    The darkest emo scene kid band out there

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    I hate it when bands run out of money to pay for decent artwork [1]

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • buttheadstorm

    Bought the new album and have given it quite a few listens now... and it's easily one of their best albums, but it's definitely not for those who aren't into actual singing

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • bobo9390

    I'm not seeing how it's all that bad. Guitar work is good as always. The clean vocals are well executed imo. I just think some people get butthurt about clean singing in general.

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mothertruker

    what happened to DH?

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • herviross_2

    @versionfiv: Extremely disappointing, in my opinion.

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    how's that new album ? havent listened to this band since eternal return which i liked.

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Ovel_ha

    reasons why the new album is the worst: 1 listen to previous albums. . you answered my question by yourself [3]

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Ric1987

    Different than what I'm used to with Undoing Ruin/Deliver Us for sure. Not bad though.

    23 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mituza

    Новый релиз на уровне!!!есть достойные темки,вообщем я рад)

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • gonebabygone_

    love the new album

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • bkbker1g

    reasons why the new album is the worst: 1 listen to previous albums. . you answered my question by yourself [2]

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • federicogambato

    reasons why the new album is the worst: 1 listen to previous albums. . you answered my question by yourself

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
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