Washington D.C.-based metallers DARKEST HOUR have issued the following update:
"We are about to head out for our headlining U.K. tour with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and MISERY SIGNALS. We are stoked as hell to travel to the land of ZEPPELIN, THE DARKNESS, THE BEATLES, THE WHO (insert every other great rock band here...!), DaveO!, BEECHER and FISH AND CHIPS! This will be our last performances on the 'Undoing Ruin' record!
"Make sure you guys check out Kris's [Norris', guitar] auction that will be up soon. All the proceeds will go to help pay for his medical bills. It's gonna be sweet! And for all you dudes and dudettes out there who don't live in the U.K., don't worry. We will be back in the U.S. with a new record soon!
"Speaking of a new record, we have been hard at work. We will be traveling to Vancover, B.C. to record once again with Devin Townsend [STRAPPING YOUNG LAD], who will produce and mix the record. We figured that no one else could help us put together the follow up to 'Undoing Ruin' better then he (and we missed the coffee and great scenery!). So if you live in the Vancouver area and are going to be around between February and March, then get in touch — we want to hang. There may even be some guest hanging with TITO! We hope to see the new record out late June/July. And you know what that means, BBQs, pools, and summer tours!
"And speaking of tours, we have compiled an amazing amount of video footage from the last few tours we have done and the sequel to [the] 'Party Scars and Prison Bars' [DVD] may be in the works! Shit, we may have said too much!
"More soon when we return from partying with the SPICE GIRLS in the U.K.!!!"
Pittsburgh, PA-based label A-F Records in October issued a collection of DARKEST HOUR's early recordings prior to the band's signing with Victory. Entitled "Archives", the set marks DARKEST HOUR's ten-year anniversary and features over an hour of rare and unreleased material, including the band's recordings as early as "The Misanthrope" EP, recorded in 1995 while the members were in high school. It continues the band's output with "The Prophecy Fulfilled" from 1997 and singles from vinyl as late as 1998.