Darkest Hour
Perpetual | Terminal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Have you tried jamming Helcaraxe? CONTRIBUTOR (136 Reviews)
February 26th, 2024 | 322 replies


Release Date: 02/23/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best Darkest Hour in 17 years.

I’ll preface this review by saying a simple and hardly jarring statement-Darkest Hour have not changed. Their brand of seamlessly mended Gothenburg-style melodic death metal, biting thrash metal energy and overall modern metalcore aesthetic are a craft that they have meticulously fine-tuned with varying levels of each element being the fun, crunchy, off-the-wall bedrock that lays down the foundation of each record. This means that, admittedly, the quality of each record tends to hinge on just how much the hooks hook and how much vigor is breathed into each riff, every snare pop. Everything revolves around energy, and for that energy to be present ya gotta have a little fun, and let’s just say they’ve been spending more than a few hours playing Skee-Ball at Chuck-E-Cheese. It’s the same motif that dominated Godless Prophets but with a little more zest, a little more variety.

Let’s start with the t/t, an absolute behemoth of grandeur that kicks off with a wicked harmonic build that comes to a thundering collapse under the pressure of some weighty, scathing riffs and snarls. In fact, it can be said that this may be the most fiery and fierce that DH vocals have ever sounded, with the usual phlegmy screams giving way to something much harsher and more visceral. Perhaps even more voracious is the all-consuming wave of city-razing rage that is “Societal Bile”, in which there is no consoling beginning or sweet, almost loving respite that tends to dot most DH songs. Think “Full Imperial Collapse” but faster. Much, much faster. It rips and it tears, pulverizes and punches, crushes and castrates (forget that last course of action, music is much less enjoyable with a missing member). In varying levels this is how the whole of the album operates, with sick sweeps and gallops galore interjected by an occasional acoustic piece or slow-burning set of guitar harmonies. Then, when this riff-city ride has almost come to a halt, it instead trawls forth into more lush territories, as if almost to reflect on the fun that is now a fresh memory. “Goddess of War, Give Me Something to Die For” is one of the most serene and surprisingly balanced tracks DH has ever put forth, being somber, contemplative, and resplendent with love and life all in multiple strokes co-existing upon one beautiful palette. It is the accumulation of all things they’ve done right in the last 12 years, and for that it brings a stupid grin across my previously stank-faced maw that only tracks like “A Thousand Words to Say” or “Tunguska” have ever managed.

This is it. This is what makes the band so damn great in their finest moments, even if they are now an unchanging primordial titan of melodic metalcore that is beyond comfortable resting on their laurels. Their impressive ability to dissipate all rage and anguish through sheer passion and tasty riffs that can bring solace to even the most livid of two-stepping camo-shorts wearing societal rejects (the camo shorts are in the wash so as for now I am exempt from this category) is something that is rarely matched within modern metalcore. Like the most talented of watchmakers, they hone in upon fine-tuning every minutia of detail a little more avidly each time, finally crafting something that, for the first time in some while, feels like a genuine project of joy and love that has come to magnificent fruition. This is the best Darkest Hour album in 17 years. Jam it.



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Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2024


10048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is already shaping up to be a wildly good year for metal ngl

bellovddd
February 26th 2024


6085 Comments


AWWW shit gotta give this a spin

JayEnder
February 26th 2024


20017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review buddy boy!



Album is a weird one for me. Mixed bag for sure, some of it is brilliant and some of it is boring. Bookends are definitely the highlights here, Goddess of War especially. Definitely my favorite Darkest Hour song since Deliver Us

Zac124
February 26th 2024


2742 Comments


ooh new Darkest Hour album. Not a big fan of the band but I really enjoyed Deliver Us and Godless Prophets.

Durrzo
February 27th 2024


3307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Triggered AF by that summary but good review. I think only their ST is worse than this and everything else is head-and-shoulders above both, but to each their own.

FearThyEvil
February 27th 2024


18626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"The best Darkest Hour in 17 years."



are we just ignoring Prophets?

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2024


10048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nope

Imo this is a good step above Prophets

I love Prophets but it gets p homogenous imo

Calc
February 27th 2024


17360 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm a huge Travis Orbin fanboy so I guess I'll finally listen to his actual band

Hawks
February 27th 2024


88580 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Love u Dede nice review. M///



Album is one of the worst things ever made I wish I could unhear it.

veninblazer
February 27th 2024


16839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hawks what didn't you like about it? seems pretty standard darkest hour with a few cool pivots with acoustic guitar passages (which I quite liked most), unless you just don't like darkest hour at all

Scoot
February 27th 2024


22219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeaaaaah this was a disappointment especially after the last one



mausoleum is not what i want out of dh lol

Scoot
February 27th 2024


22219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

undoing ruin is their best imo

JayEnder
February 27th 2024


20017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Mausoleum is gonna go down as the most divisive DH track ever lol



Me personally I don't mind it but I can see why people hate it.

Scoot
February 27th 2024


22219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the cleans are obnoxiously overproduced

onionbubs
February 27th 2024


21112 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is ok. maybe a 3.5 but it crumbles under the usual standards of a darkest hour album, esp one coming off a 7 year gap. harshes are v good tho



and yea cleans are not good on this at all lol

Hawks
February 27th 2024


88580 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

hawks what didn't you like about it?


That its a shitty replica of garbage 2000s scene music and goes completely away from everything that made this band great in the first place.

artificialbox
February 27th 2024


1740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

bout time! nice one dedes!

"music is much less enjoyable with a missing member"

have to disagree with that though, I've enjoyed music much more since my castration.

veninblazer
February 27th 2024


16839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cleans on this are good, not really hitting my top highs of what I like in clean singing but perfectly fine

past the first song the only big highlights to me are the ones with softer acoustic passages, the heavier stuff is good but a bit uninspired at times

XingKing
February 27th 2024


16162 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This gets worse and worse after each listen

Get Low
February 27th 2024


14296 Comments


band should've stopped about a decade and a half ago



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