DARKEST HOUR: New Shows Announced

Washington, D.C.'s DARKEST HOUR will take a short break from writing and recording pre-production demos for its next album to play the following dates:

Jan. 20 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat ("Demand In DC")
Jan. 30 - Harrisonburg, VA - Rockingham County Fairgrounds (w/ AS I LAY DYING)
Jan. 31 - Richmond, VA - The National (w/ AS I LAY DYING)

With BORN OF OSIRIS, DEAD AND DIVINE and ARISE AND RUIN:

Feb. 02 - Buffalo, NY - Xtreme Wheels
Feb. 03 - London, ON - Call The Office
Feb. 05 - Toronto, ON - The Reverb Room
Feb. 06 - Guelph, ON - Vinyl
Feb. 07 - Montreal, QC – Underworld

DCist, the most popular blog in Washington, D.C. covering all the goings-on in the Capitol, has uploaded "documentary"-style footage of DARKEST HOUR preparing for the band's annual homecoming D.C. show. Watch the clip below.

DARKEST HOUR is about to enter Baltimore, Maryland's Salad Days Studio with producer Brian McTernan to begin recording its new album for a spring release via Victory Records. Things have come full circle for the band, which recorded its 2000 seminal debut "Mark Of The Judas" with McTernan.

Commented guitarist Mike Schleibaum: "DARKEST HOUR is hard at work now writing and recording demos that will soon birth our follow-up to 'Deliver Us'. The DARKEST HOUR sound is evolving once again — it will have all the melody, guitar wizardry, and overall epicness that one has come to expect form a great DARKEST HOUR record but this time that sound will be married with something much darker and sinister.

"We are taking extra time to craft every song and make sure each one is a balls the walls jammer! McTernan is pushing us extra hard to ensure that when these songs make it to you ears they start bleeding!

"We live in dark times and the world needs a soundtrack for them."

Regarding the band's collaboration with producer Brian McTernan, Mike Schleibaum previously said, "We are excited to work with Brian again. He has been a longtime friend and supporter of the band ever since its very first shows in 1995. When we recorded 'Mark of the Judas' with him in 2000, it helped solidify our sound and define us as a band. Eight years later, it's time to do it again. With all the scars of our past to guide us, we look towards a new future."

DARKEST HOUR recently parted ways with guitarist Kris Norris and replaced him with Houston's Mike "Lonestar" Carrigan, who filled in for Kris during the Thrash and Burn tour.

DARKEST HOUR's latest album, "Deliver Us", was released in July 2007 via Victory Records. The follow-up to 2005's "Undoing Ruin" was recorded at the Warehouse in Vancouver, Canada.

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