DARKEST HOUR: New Record and Tour Update

DARKEST HOUR, the Washington D.C. metal quintet, will be releasing their fifth full-length record, The Eternal Return, on June 23rd through Victory Records. The album was produced by Brian McTernan (SENSES FAIL, THRICE, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES) and recorded at his Baltimore, MD-based Salad Days Studio.

Guitarist Mike Schleibaum comments: “To put it simply, this is a metal record made by dudes who have dedicated half of our lives to aggressive, unrelenting music.

“It’s been a long road, but we have finally completed work on our new record, The Eternal Return. I am very proud of the hard work and passion that both the band and producer Brian McTernan poured into this. After 14 years, we’ve decided there’s no reason to put out DARKEST HOUR records other then for ourselves and for the people that love this band. This record has no hidden agenda, no pop hit, or stylistic departure to broaden the fan base. Rather, it is a sick thrash, speed, melodic, metal record! It feels like it has all the aggression and speed of our Hidden Hands… record, the melody and songwriting of Undoing Ruin, and the technicality and musicianship of Deliver Us. We encourage anyone who has loved our records in the past or present to check it out. And if you’ve never found something that’s connected with you in a DARKEST HOUR record before, then take some time to listen to this one, because this is a defining DARKEST HOUR record… We look forward to playing new songs on our upcoming European tour with BLEEDING THROUGH and on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour! See ya in the pit!”

Prior to its release in the states, DARKEST HOUR will head over to Europe on the Thrash and Burn Tour, co-headlining a stint with BLEEDING THROUGH, with support from BENEATH THE MASSACRE, CARNIFEX and more.

Following their European jaunt, the band will head out in support of NECROPHAGIST and SUFFOCATION on the Summer Slaughter 2009 Tour. Check out www.Fangoria.com to win tickets for the Summer Slaughter 2009 Tour.

The Thrash and Burn Tour:
4/19 – Wiesbaden, GERMANY – Schlachthof
4/20 – Stuttgart, GERMANY – LKA
4/21 – Hamburg, GERMANY – Markthalle
4/22 – Berlin, GERMANY – Postbahnhof
4/23 – Amsterdam, HOLLAND – Melkweg
4/24 – Münster, GERMANY – Sputnikhalle
4/25 – Leipzig, GERMANY – Conne Island
4/26 – Katowice, POLAND – Mega Club
4/27 – Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC – Abaton
4/28 – Budapest, HUNGARY – Durer Kert
4/29 – Wien, AUSTRIA – Arena
4/30 – Salzburg, AUSTRIA – Rockhouse
5/1 – Milan, ITALY – Musicdrome
5/2 – Pinarella, ITALY – Rock Planet
5/3 – München, GERMANY – Backstage Werk
5/4 – Aarau, SWITZERLAND – Kiff
5/6 – Barcelona, SPAIN – Sala Razzmatazz
5/7 – Madrid, SPAIN – Sala Caracol
5/8 – Durango, SPAIN – Kafe Antzoky
5/9 – Paris, FRANCE – Trabendo
5/10 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
5/11 – London, UK – The Electric Ballroom
5/12 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
5/13 – Yeovil, UK – Westland
5/14 – Leeds, UK – Rios
5/15 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
5/16 – Köln, GERMANY – Essigfabrik
5/18 – Helsinki, FINLAND – Club Nosturi
5/19 – St Petersburg, RUSSIA – Orlandina
5/21 – Moscow, RUSSIA – XO Club
5/22 – Athens, GREECE – An Club

Summer Slaughter 2009 Tour:
6/5 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
6/6 Richmond, VA – The National
6/7 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
6/8 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
6/10 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
6/12 Louisville, KY – Headliners
6/13 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
6/14 St. Petersburg (Tampa), FL – Jannus Landing
6/15 Jacksonville, FL – Plush
6/16 Orlando, FL – Club Firestone
6/18 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit (Night One)
6/19 Houston, TX – Java Jazz Outdoors
6/20 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit (Night Two)
6/21 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
6/23 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
6/24 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
6/26 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee Theatre
6/27 San Diego, CA – Soma
6/28 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
6/29 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
6/30 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
7/1 San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom
7/2 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
7/3 Seattle, WA – King Cat Theater

ABORTED: New Album Posted for Streaming; Prep for U.S. Tour

Belgian death metal band, ABORTED, have posted their forthcoming, sixth new album up for streaming.  The album, Strychnine:213, is set for a June 24th release through Century Media.  Listen here: http://www.myspace.com/abortedmetal

The band are also set to embark on the Summer Slaughter tour through the U.S., alongside THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, KATAKLYSM, VADER, CRYPTOPSY, and more.  Vocalist, Sven De Caluwe, comments on the tour:

“The last paperwork and arrangements are being made here for our departure to the U.S. in a few days, all I can say is that the band is extremely excited to get out there and crush everything together with all these killer bands on this year’s Summer Slaughter tour. This is not only one of the coolest tours with very diverse bands, it’s also a great opportunity for us to party with our good friends for over a month. To all the fans out there: bring your helmets because it’s fuckin’ hammer time! See you all soon.”

Check the official Summer Slaughter tour site for the tour dates and info: http://www.myspace.com/summerslaughtertour