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Washington DC, United States (1995 – present)

Darkest Hour is a / band currently signed to E1 Music. 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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  • bobo9390

    this band really does make the wind kick up

    3 Apr 11:34pm Reply
  • Entripy777

    Metalcore from Australia:

    18 Mar 3:41am Reply
  • Ivartist

    Love as a weapon, the first time I watched the music video I was amazed with that beautiful intro, I mean I liked the song but that Intro was absolutely amazing!

    22 Feb 1:58pm Reply
  • Bullet_Holes

    New DH songs (live versions)

    27 Jan 2:40am Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    Thanks for that update on the record. I follow them on Facebook, but I don't know if I miss their announcements or what but it seems like there has been nothing but radio silence on what the status is. I've loved these guys for so long, but it's such a bummer all the changes they went through with the line-up. Ever since Kris Norris left it went down hill, not that the music was totally effected, they still write good stuff, but I miss the old gang, I wish Paul would've stayed on bass.

    23 Jan 6:27am Reply
  • oFFoy

    If you like darkest hour try listening my band: we worked really hard to put this out, please check it out, thanks! :)

    11 Jan 10:10pm Reply
  • horiiz0ns

    @thompsonjohn it will definitely come out this year, because they've been working on a new album for quite some time now :)

    3 Jan 10:23am Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    Any idea when exactly we might have a new album from these guys?

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BrandNewThrice2

    (JackBoozeman- worst band ever . i really dont get the hype these guys get at all . so boring and terrible.) you're boring and terrible

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Wifebeaterrr

    Seriously hate what Metalcore has become. Bands like this one no longer get the deserved credit for what they do nowadays.

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
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    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Sefroth

    Хуячте парни так держатЬ!

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • FuzzyxPickles

    one of the best non metalcore metalcore bands evar. sadist nation is a classic

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • hiyalosars

    JackBoozeman Definitely not the worst band

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Considerables

    Deliver Us fucking owns!

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • thestingingrain

    Still surprises me that this band didn't get more recognition especially during the "metalcore years" They were one of the top bands of the genre in my opinion. I don't know what has happened to the scene now.

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bobo9390

    Undoing Ruin is such a good album to listen to when the wind is blowing through my hair.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • silenZcreaming

    Deliver Us!

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • JackBoozeman

    worst band ever . i really dont get the hype these guys get at all . so boring and terrible.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MarcaoTr00

    Darkest Hour is really good

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
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