Concert Photo Review: DARKEST HOUR @ The Boardwalk – Orangevale, California


Washington, DC metalcore pioneers DARKEST HOUR recently wrapped up a co-headlining West Coast tour with Unearth . The festivities began in Seattle, with shows in Portland, Orangevale, Los Angeles, San Diego, Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Grand Junction, and ending in Denver December 15th. Continue reading

Mike and Aaron of Darkest Hour talk the positives of working with Victory Records

Darkest Hour’s ninth album and Southern Lord Recordings’ debut, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers’ chart and at #4 on the magazine’s Hard Music chart.
“We couldn’t be more thankful to all our Indiegogo backers and those of you who pre-ordered and picked up this new album,” said Darkest Hour of the crowd-funded album. “Without the faith of those who took the plunge to initially fund this album it would not exist, you know who you are, thank you, we did it!

Mike & Aaron of Darkest Hour share their thoughts on crowdfunding backers, working with all of their different record producers and the positives of working with Victory Records with Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV during their most recent Sacramento stop @ Starlite Lounge.

The band wraps up their U.S. tour this evening with a performance at the Northside Yacht Club in Cincinnati. Darkest Hour kicks off a European outing on April 16 in Austria.
April 16  Linz, Austria  Posthof
April 17  Graz, Austria  Orpheum
April 18  Budapest, Hungary
April 20  Bucharest, Romania
April 21  Sofia, Bulgaria  Maimunarnika
April 22  Thessaloniki, Greece  Principal Club Theatre
April 23  Athina, Greece  Piraeus Academy
April 25  Barcelona, Spain  Razzmatazz
April 27  Madrid, Spain  La Rivier
April 28  Bordeaux, France  I.Boat
April 29  Dunkerque, France  Les 4 Ecluses
April 30  Birmingham, UK  The Flapper
May 1  Cardiff, UK  CLWB Ifor Bach
May 2  London, UK  The Underworld Camden
May 3  Cologne, Germany  Underground
May 4  Haarlem, Netherlands  Patronaat
May 5  Aarschot, Belgium  De Klinker
May 6  Hamburg, Germany  Hafenrock-Festival
May 7  Copenhagen, Denmark  Beta
May 8  Berlin, Germany  Cassiopeia
May 9  Warsaw, Poland  Poglos
May 10  Praha, Czech Republic  007
May 11  Leipzig, Germany  Conne Island
May 12  Munchen, Germany  Feierwerk/Hansa 39
May 13  Bezirk Landstrasse, Austria  Viper Room
Parkway Drive opens Aril 16 to 27 except Budapest.

Darkest Hour Premiere “Timeless Numbers” Music Video


Darkest Hour, who recently announced the March 10 release of their ninth album, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora (via Southern Lord Recordings), share a second song from the 12-track album, streaming “Timeless Numbers”.

“This song, like ‘Knife in the Safe Room’, has a dual meaning,” explains Darkest Hour guitar player Mike Schleibaum. “The first is the continuation of the story line that permeates the album. In this track we see our main character struggle with the inherit history of the culture he/she was brought up in and the realization that it was always in our nature to divide and consume ourselves.

In simpler terms, it is a reflection on the drain of modern life and the subsequent division / internal destruction that this life seems to always lead humanity towards. As we travel the world, we have seen how no matter where you are, humans divide themselves. We interact with immigration policies, boarders and barriers that are cultural, economic, and political everyday that we are on tour. While traveling the world we have done our best to spread a message of anti-nationalism, unilateral respect for humans of all forms, and lastly the basic idea that music/art is more powerful and more eternal then religion, nation states, or even TECHNOLOGY!”


February 17  Washington, D.C. Black Cat
February 18  Pittsburgh, PA  Diesel
February 19  Cleveland, OH  The Agora Theater
February 21  New York, NY  Saint Vitus
February 23  Chicago, IL  Reggie’s
February 24  Milwaukee, WI  The Metal Grill
February 26  Kansas City, MO  The Riot Room
February 28  Denver, CO  Marquis Theater
March 1  Salt Lake City, UT  Metro Bar
March 5  Portland, OR  Analog Cafe
March 6  Seattle, WA  Studio Seven
March 8  San Francisco, CA  DNA Lounge
March 10  Los Angeles, CA  The Regent
March 11  San Diego, CA  Brick By Brick
March 12  Phoenix, AZ  Club Red
March 13  Tucson, AZ  Club XS
March 14  Albuquerque, NM  The Compound 2
March 15  Lubbock, TX  Backstage
March 16  Austin, TX  Grizzly Hall
March 17  Houston, TX  White Oak
March 18  San Antonio, TX  Korova
March 19  Dallas, TX  Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
March 21  Cincinnati, OH  Northside Yacht Club
Ringworm and Rivers of Nihil open on all dates (except D.C.), Rotten Sound open Feb. 17 to March 4, Tombs open March 5 to March 21.

Darkest Hour Premiere “Knife in the Safe Room”, Album Pre-Orders Available

Darkest Hour stream the first new music from the band’s forthcoming album, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora (March 10, Southern Lord Recordings), with Metal Sucks debuting the song “Knife in the Safe Room”

“This song sets the tone for the album both lyrically and sonically,” explains Darkest Hour guitar player Mike Schleibaum. “While this may be the most fierce album we have ever released, its depth and sonic richness are sure to be discovered as the listener dives in. Thematically this song has a dual purpose. On the surface it is a classic Darkest Hour song, ripe with the reflection of today’s bleak modern age but as you peel back the lyrics and ideas contained within the album story unfolds, one that is all too common in human history. This is the beginning, it is part bitter reflection of the way things are and part anthem for those who struggle to survive as the world encircles them. To quote Nina Simone: “An artists duty is to reflect the times”, with that we hold a mirror to the face of all things truly horrific and give you, ‘The Knife in the Safe Room.’”

Pre-orders for the 12-song album are available now with physical bundles available via Southern Lord’s webstore ( and digital downloads, which include a download of “Knife in the Safe Room,” available via Bandcamp (, iTunes ( and Apple Music (