Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour


4.5
superb

Review

by wwba USER (6 Reviews)
August 13th, 2014 | 22 replies


Release Date: 08/05/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: with this release Darkest Hour have proven that metalcore can be catchy, technical and emotional at the same time.

Darkest Hour is one of the bands that never managed to make it into the "mainstream" despite being extremely influential and somewhat easily accessible (I mean compared to the likes of Converge and Botch). What some modern metal/metalcore acts, such as BMTH and Asking Alexandria achieved with 2 or 3 albums, Darkest Hour couldn't in more than ten years. It's quite unfair but let's talk about the actual music instead of how unfair the music industry is.

The first song starts with a killer riff (as excepted from such a skilled metal band). John Henry's vocal performance is flawless, you know there are many metal singer who lose their ability to do proper screams after the first few albums, John Henry is not one of these guys, as you can hear it on this album. The drum performance is also very good, there are some killer double bass here. So the instrumentation is pretty solid, and they even wrote a catchy chorus.

You might think that the quality will drop as the album goes, but no, it wont. Every song is pretty well written. The riffs are as heavy as it can get. The choruses are memorable and there are great guitar solos too. For example in the song "Infinite Eyes" there's a twin solo that flows into the final chorus, it sounds pretty good, reminds me of Ronnie Radke era Escape The Fate.
So the whole album has a pretty solid instrumentation but the reason why this collection of well-written songs works so well is John Henry. Whether he screams or sings he does an awesome job, not to mention his lyrics are very sincere.

The only aspect in which the album isn't top notch is the dynamics / complexity. Sometimes the song structures are too predictable and there are some cheesy tempo / rhythm changes but well, this isn't a The Mars Volta, a Botch or a Tool album where dynamics is one of the main strengths of the music. I like like Darkest Hour for the killer instrumentals and the awesome vocal performance, not the dynamics, and with this release they've proven that metalcore can be catchy, technical and emotional at the same time. Nice Job!



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeedsofNone
August 13th 2014


336 Comments


lol no way

Futures
August 13th 2014


11179 Comments


stop

Digging: Gerard Way - Hesitant Alien

wwba
August 13th 2014


314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

any constructive criticism?

ChoccyPhilly
August 13th 2014


6627 Comments


Kinda cheesy and too personal?

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wwba
August 13th 2014


314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

as I said it has some cheesy moments but the album as a whole isn't cheesy just extremely catchy

ChoccyPhilly
August 13th 2014


6627 Comments


I meant the review is cheesy

wwba
August 13th 2014


314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but what makes it cheesy and too personal?

ChoccyPhilly
August 13th 2014


6627 Comments


Well you don't really explain a lot of points, vocabulary is fairly limited, personal pronouns etc.

BMDrummer
August 13th 2014


7798 Comments


lol how long is this gonna go on?

Digging: Shellac - Dude Incredible

ExplosiveOranges
August 13th 2014


2840 Comments


Approval Rating: 6%

Digging: Electric Wizard - Time to Die

Gameofmetal
August 13th 2014


1408 Comments


Firstly go back and edit some of these. I spotted a number of grammar errors.

Futures
August 13th 2014


11179 Comments


What some modern metal/metalcore acts, such as BMTH and Asking Alexandria achieved with 2 or 3 albums



Gameofmetal
August 13th 2014


1408 Comments


You should have compared this to acts that are more similar in style. AA and Escape the Fate are metalcore like Darkest Hour but that's where the similarities end. A household name that's from the same era and sound would for example be Killswitch Engage.

SourAK
August 13th 2014


1630 Comments


lol how long is this gonna go on?

as long as i want

Gameofmetal
August 13th 2014


1408 Comments


There was a line about the drum performance being good because of some strong double bass work and that's all you said. Shows that you don't know a whole lot about what comprises good drum work.

CelestialOuroboros
August 13th 2014


435 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

How about go into a bit more depth about the songs themselves? I'm not saying convert this into a track-by-track review, just to set the record straight. Also, what ChoccyPhilly mentioned before.

Gameofmetal
August 13th 2014


1408 Comments


There aren't that many metal singers that lose their voices after the first couple of albums.

TheSpirit
August 13th 2014


17885 Comments


best troll

Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

Piripichotes
August 14th 2014


14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

DH metalcore? really? gawd....

wwf
August 14th 2014


773 Comments


lol pos



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