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Darkest Hour Launch Guitar Hero Contest
October 18, 2010
Darkest Hour is preparing fans for the "Legacy Tour" by announcing a one of a kind contest. Darkest Hour is challenging fans across the country to submit their highest scores for a chance to win a prize pack from Guitar Hero along with the chance to challenge Darkest Hour to a "Shred-Off" on the "Legacy Tour" which starts the second week of November.

To enter, fans must submit a video or a screen-shot of their high score from one of the following:
- Guitar Hero 6, "Warriors of Rock"
- Guitar Hero for the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch
- Guitar Hero 5, using Darkest Hour's track, "Demons".

Prizes Include:
GRAND PRIZE: A chance to challenge Darkest Hour to a "Shred-Off" at the concert, early entry to the show, Guitar Hero 6, "Warriors of Rock" game and guitar, the Guitar Hero App for the iPhone/iPod Touch, a Darkest Hour t-shirt, and an autographed poster!

2ND PLACE: A ticket to the show of your choice, a Darkest Hour t-shirt, a signed poster from the band and a free download of the Guitar Hero App for the iPhone/iPod!

3RD PLACE: A Darkest Hour t-shirt and signed poster from the band!

You must submit your video or screen shot to http://tinyurl.com/shredoffcontest
to be reviewed. The high score winner will be selected prior to the show by the band.

Darkest Hour will be heading out on the road with Veil Of Maya, Periphery and Revocation through November and December. Celebrating their 15-year anniversary as a band they will be playing selections spanning from their debut full length 'Mark of the Judas' to their latest release. Included will be the epic instrumental "Veritas, Aequitas" along with other surprises from their catalog. Tickets can be bought here, dates are below.

In addition to GA tickets the band is offering a special edition VIP package with the following:

- 1 GA ticket
- Pre-show Meet and Greet / Listening party for new album
- 1 Commemorative Laminate
- 1 VIP only Darkest Hour t-shirt

Darkest Hour "Legacy Tour" w/ Veil Of Maya, Periphery, Revocation:
11/12 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/13 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
11/14 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
11/15 - Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert
11/16 - Montreal, QC @ Tulipe
11/17 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
11/18 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11/19 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
11/20 - West Dundee, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
11/21 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
11/22 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11/23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
11/24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702
11/26 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
11/27 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
11/28 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
11/29 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
11/30 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
12/01 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
12/02 - Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle
12/03 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
12/04 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
12/05 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
12/07 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
12/08 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/09 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
12/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
12/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
12/12 - Richmond, VA @ Hat Factory

Darkest Hour
have been busy working on their upcoming full length with Peter Wichers (Soilwork) for their debut eOne Music release due out early next year.

For more information on Darkest Hour and their experience in the studio with Peter, visit http://www.darkesthour.cc for updates over the next few months. Also visit them at
http://www.myspace.com/darkesthour and http://twitter.com/Darkesthourrock.
 
 
 
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Darkest Hour Announce New Tour Dates
September 10, 2010
Darkest Hour have announced a headlining tour this fall with dates spanning coast to coast. Celebrating their 15 year anniversary as a band they will be playing selections spanning from their debut full length 'Mark of the Judas' to their latest release. Included will be the epic instrumental "Veritas, Aequitas" along with other surprises from their catalog.

"This band has taken us from the basements of northern Virginia to literally all around the world. In our many years of full time touring and 6 albums we've had the time of our lives. To celebrate this we've decided to do a tour we feel reflects the history of the band. This tour is for every one of our fans and friends who have supported us along the way, and for those who have never seen us this will be the perfect way to check out what we're all about" says frontman John Henry.

Joining them will be Veil Of Maya, Periphery and very special guest opener (rumored to be Revocation), which will be announced soon. "We're excited to have some great younger bands on tour with us for this run. All of the support bands are very impressive metal hybrids with their own distinct sound, which will make for many nights of sick metal riffage." says guitarist Mike Schleibaum.

Today through Monday early sale tickets will be available only through Artist Arena with registration at: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/darkesthour/

In addition to GA tickets the band is offering a special edition VIP package with the following:

- 1 GA ticket
- Pre-show Meet and Greet / Listening party for new album
- 1 Commemorative Laminate
- 1 VIP only Darkest Hour t-shirt

Darkest Hour Tour Dates:
11/12 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/13 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
11/14 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
11/15 - Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert
11/16 - Montreal, QC @ Tulipe
11/17 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
11/18 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11/19 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
11/20 - West Dundee, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
11/21 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
11/22 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11/23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
11/24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702
11/26 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
11/27 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
11/28 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
11/29 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
11/30 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
12/01 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
12/02 - Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle
12/03 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
12/04 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
12/05 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
12/07 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
12/08 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/09 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
12/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
12/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
12/12 - Richmond, VA @ Hat Factory

Drummer Ryan Parrish concludes "Put in for time off work now and take the little ones to their grandparent's house for the night. All of you younger dudes/dudettes, grab your best buds/budettes, borrow your parents car, and let's all join together for a good f***in' time!"
 
 
 
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Darkest Hour Release 'Eternal Giveaway' Contest Webisode
May 30, 2010
Darkest Hour have released a new webisode documenting their final performance on 'The Eternal Return' touring cycle. Just before the release of their last record, the band ran a contest called "The Eternal Giveaway contest". The grand prize was having Darkest Hour perform at your house for you and your friends. This webisode documents this experience start to finish, which can be seen at this location.

Darkest Hour
Guitar player Mike Schleibaum says; "We couldn't have been more excited to reach out and do something special for the people that continue to support us. Special thanks to Adam and his family for making it such a great way to end that touring cycle. We're hard at work on our E1 Music debut and look forward to unleashing these new tunes!"

Darkest Hour
signed a deal with E1 last month, which will yield a new record to be released early next year. Schleibaum continues, "We'll be back to destroy your ear drums on tour soon enough but until then enjoy this little webisode documenting grand prize winning Adam Alhgrim's party with us!"

'The Eternal Return'
was released in June of last year. The CD was produced by Brian McTernan (Senses Fail, Thrice, From Autumn To Ashes) at his Baltimore, Maryland studio, Salad Days.

For more information on Darkest Hour, please visit: http://www.darkesthour.cc/
 
 
 
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Darkest Hour Signs With E1 Music
April 13, 2010
Washington, D.C. heavyweights Darkest Hour have signed with E1 Music in North America, joining artists such as Hatebreed, High On Fire, Overkill, among others. The band will enter the studio to record new material to be released early next year. "We couldn't be more excited to announce that Darkest Hour has found a new home with E1 Music," says founding guitarist Mike Schleibaum. Formed in 1995, the band has seen their share of experiences over the years. "When we started the band we were just a couple of rejects with one collective dream, rock the world with our bastard combination of punk and metal!"

Darkest Hour
reflect back on their humble beginnings. Schleibaum continues, "It has truly been the ride of a lifetime. From playing our first punk shows in the basements of Washington DC to touring all over the world, the band has really grown up across generations of punk, metal, and hardcore kids."

After spending nearly a decade with Victory records, the band looks forward to the next chapter in their already full impact history. Schleibaum concludes, "It's time for the next metamorphosis: enter our new partners, the good people at E1 Music. We have been hard at work on our E1 debut for months now. More news will follow but rest assured we have found a new home with E1 and can't wait to open the next chapter!"

E1's
VP of metal Scott Givens adds, "Adding Darkest Hour to the ever growing E1 Metal roster shows the company's continued commitment to the genre. They are an amazing band with an amazing future."

The band are currently finishing up a highly successful tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Iwrestledabearonce and Animals As Leaders. Remaining tour dates are as follows:

4/13 - Glass House - Pomona, California
4/14 - U.B.'s - Mesa, Arizona
4/15 - The Compound - Albuquerque, New Mexico
4/17 - Boney Jones - Evansville, Indiana

'The Eternal Return'
was released in June of last year. The CD was produced by Brian McTernan (Senses Fail, Thrice, From Autumn To Ashes) at his Baltimore, Maryland studio, Salad Days.

For more information on Darkest Hour, please visit:
http://www.myspace.com/darkesthour
http://twitter.com/Darkesthourrock
 
 
 
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Darkest Hour Post New Tour Webisode Online
October 1, 2009
Washington DC’s own Darkest Hour have posted a brand-new webisode, documenting the band on the 2009 edition of the “Summer Slaughter Tour” The tour webisode is available now on the band’s YouTube page.

Darkest Hour
recently kicked off a fall tour with Trivium, Whitechapel, and Dirge Within. The complete list of remaining tour dates is below. Visit Darkest Hour's revamped MySpace for tour updates at http://www.myspace.com/darkesthour.

Drummer Ryan Parrish had the following to say about their current tour:

“We are totally stoked to be reaching new fans with our style of melodic death metal. The bands on this tour have definitely turned it up a notch, and this is a tour not to be missed. Come bang your heads with the real metal dudes!”

Darkest Hour
On Tour w/ Trivium, Whitechapel, Dirge Within:
10/01 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
10/02 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
10/03 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
10/05 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/06 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/07 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
10/09 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
10/10 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
10/11 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
10/12 - Richmond, VA @ The National
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1996
HOME TOWN: Washington, D.C.
MEMBERS:
John Henry - Vocals
Mike Schleibaum - Guitar
? - Guitar
Paul Burnette - Bass
Ryan Parrish - Drums

Darkest Hour are notorious for on-stage ferocity, taut guitar interplay and enraged vocals that outline the hypocrisy and casual brutality of politics and society. Their prior releases on Victory Records set benchmarks in the genre as the band embraced the DIY ethics of the hardcore scene and the technical skill of metal, galvanizing their own path and earning fans from both sides of the fence. While Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation (2003) attacked the duplicity of government, So Sedated, So Secure (2001) skewered organized religion and rampant commercialism. On Undoing Ruin, the latest chapter in the Darkest Hour story, themes of healing and moving forward are prevalent. ?It?s our first album that isn?t overtly political, though we did record ?District Divided? which deals with the rapid gentrification in our hometown, Washington, DC,? commented guitarist Mike Schleibaum, ?The album is about change, personal and musical. The name, Undoing Ruin, fit the concept ? it?s about making life worth living again.? Undoing Ruin was produced by Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver. Townsend, famous for his work in his own band as well his production role with Lamb of God and Soilwork, brought new definition to the signature Darkest Hour sound. ?Unlike what some might think, Devin didn?t try to change out sound, but honed it, and helped us make a more concise album. He also was able to bring out the atmospheric side when it was needed and the shred side when it was called for.? explained Schleibaum. The result is an album that?s the most introspective and musically intricate work by the band to date, while maintaining their signature raw intensity. The band formed in Washington DC in 1998, playing hardcore shows and releasing two split 7? records and a CD EP before dropping The Mark of the Judas in 2000 and receiving great notice from the underground press. Victory Records quickly signed Darkest Hour in the wake of the excitement. Their first album for the label, So Sedated, So Secure came out in 2001 to critical raves. Metal Maniacs said, ?They are at the forefront of metal?s new titans, sharing the circle with the likes of Lamb of God.? Darkest Hour continuously toured with bands like God Forbid, Dillinger Escape Plan and Atreyu. In 2003, Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation kicked their profile up decidedly. Revolver Magazine described it as ?A metalcore classic.? Ozzfest called and in the summer of 2004 Darkest Hour joined Lamb of God, Slipknot and many others on the second stage. Their live shows were explosive, the band playing each set as if it were their last, demanding circle pits and laying down blistering guitar and enraged vocals, even at sets that began at 10:00 a.m. The seeds for ?District Divided? were sown, as vocalist John Henry discovered early in the tour that he had been evicted; his albums and belonging scattered on the sidewalk. When Ozzfest wound down in August of 2004, Darkest Hour toured North America again before settling in for winter songwriting and work on their DVD, Prison Scars and Party Bars: A Thrashography. The DVD hit the streets on February 22nd while the Darkest Hour recorded Undoing Ruin, and received praise from magazines like Alternative Press and Chord. In April, fresh from the studio, the band exploded onto the stage at New England Metal Fest ?05, showcasing their new material to the unsuspecting crowd - the unwary risked instant conversion to the religion that is Darkest Hour. The band is back with a searing, incendiary album that takes their already formidable arsenal of metal and reinforces it with more dynamics, crystalline production and a new barrage of calculated madness that defies category and will elevate them to the top echelons of the metal world. Undoing Ruin is the next volume in DARKEST HOUR?s encyclopedia of metal; they will be the break-out metal band in 2005.