are supporters of the death metal/hardcore merger, founded in the early '90s by such outfits as
. Comprising members
(drums), the band formed in the mid-'90s, inking a deal with the New York-based underground metal label MIA Records in 1999. The quintet issued its debut recording a year later,
, and was ready to support the release when its label suddenly went out of business.
Label-less but not down and out, Darkest Hour
quickly gained the interest of Victory Records, issuing a sophomore effort, So Sedated, So Secure
, in July of 2001. It was followed by the release of Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation
in 2003, an album proclaimed by Revolver to be a "metalcore classic." Summer 2004 found Darkest Hour
with a slot on Ozzfest's second stage. The following February, Darkest Hour
released a DVD, Prison Scars and Party Bars: A Thrashography, which documented their first ten years as a band (1995-2005) with music videos, live footage, and interviews. Back on the album front, the well-received Undoing Ruin
appeared in June 2005 before A-F Records issued the rarities collection Archives
(which included their two earliest EPs, 1996's The Misanthrope
and 1999's The Prophecy Fulfilled
) that October. Deliver Us
arrived in the summer of 2007 followed by Eternal Return
in 2009. They supported the album by opening for Trivium on the Summer Slaughter tour.
In April they left Victory after a full decade on the label, and signed with eOne. The Human Romance, produced by Peter Wichers of Soilwork, was issued in February of 2011. The album entered Billboard's Heatseekers chart at number three. After extensive touring, Parrish left the band in December, followed by bassist Paul Burnette six months later. They were eventually replaced by drummer Travis Orbin and bassist Aaron Deal.
The label arrangement with eOne was short-lived; Darkest Hour
signed with Sumerian Records in 2013. Producer Taylor Larson (I, the Breather, Periphery) was enlisted and helped the band to craft a new sound that focused more on hook-laden, melodic death songwriting. Simply titled Darkest Hour
, the set was issued in August of 2014.