"The Human Romance", the sixth album from Washington D.C. metallers DARKEST HOUR, sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 185 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
DARKEST HOUR's previous album, "The Eternal Return", opened with 4,700 units back in July 2009 to enter the chart at No. 104.
"The Human Romance" will be released in Europe on March 7 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at a North Carolina studio with producer (and SOILWORK guitarist) Peter Wichers.
This time around, the DARKEST HOUR songs were composed a bit differently than was the case in the past. Guitarist Mike Schleibaum explains, "We have been working on these tunes ever since we left the studio last April.
"'The Eternal Return' was written during a very dark, bleak time for the band and I think that record matches that in both tone and character. Our vision was for it to be an in-your-face, no-frills aggressive assault. The new material shares in that aggression and pushes DARKEST HOUR beyond the unknown."
Wichers previously helmed such acclaimed albums as ALL THAT REMAINS' "The Fall of Ideals" and SOILWORK's latest effort, "The Panic Broadcast".
"The Human Romance" track listing:
01. Terra Nocturnus
02. The World Engulfed In Flames
03. Savor The Kill
04. Man And Swine
05. Love As A Weapon
06. Your Everyday Disaster
07. Violent By Nature
09. Severed Separates
11. Terra Solaris
12. Beyond The Life You Know
"Savor The Kill", the new video from DARKEST HOUR, can be viewed below (courtesy of ARTISTdirect.com). The clip was filmed in Los Angeles with in Los Angeles with director Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with TRIVIUM, INCUBUS and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others. The video features a timber wolf known for its use in the ABC show "The Gates" and both "Twilight" movies.
"We had a blast working with Ramon," commented drummer Ryan Parrish. "He did an amazing job bringing our vision to life and was extremely professional throughout the process."
"Savor The Kill" video: