DARKEST HOUR CELEBRATES CHART POSITIONS/CRITICAL RECEPTION TO THE BAND’S SOUTHERN LORD RECORDINGS’ DEBUT, GODLESS PROPHETS & THE MIGRANT FLORA
March 21, 2017, Washington, D.C. – Darkest Hour’s ninth album and Southern Lord Recordings’ debut, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers’ chart and at #4 on the magazine’s Hard Music chart.
“We couldn’t be more thankful to all our Indiegogo backers and those of you who pre-ordered and picked up this new album,” said Darkest Hour of the crowd-funded album. “Without the faith of those who took the plunge to initially fund this album it would not exist, you know who you are, thank you, we did it!
Also a special shout out to the amazing staff of Outerloop Mangement and Southern Lord Recordings for their hard work at setting up the release of this album and being there as a support system for us. To be able to still release albums and compete with the current metal climate (even if it is just mainly the Metallica back catalog) 22 years later feels unreal. We thank you all, if you have not picked up or jammed this new album of ours, DO IT! It’s sure to be a fan favorite as well as one of our favorites as well! Cheers from the road and thank you for the years of support!”
Reviews for the 12-song album have reflected the enthusiasm the D.C-based band’s album has been met with. Revolver awarded the release 4 stars, Metal Sucks gave it a perfect score of 5/5, Noisey called the collection “ferocious” while Nerdist proclaimed Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora the band’s “best album to date.”
The 12-song album is available now with physical bundles available via Southern Lord’s webstore (http://southernlord.com/bands/view/darkest-hour) and digital downloads available via Bandcamp (https://darkesthoursl.bandcamp.com/), iTunes (http://apple.co/2hpwKmE) and Apple Music (http://apple.co/2hSRIqX).
Darkest Hour discusses the new album, crowd-funding, working with producer Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Nails, Converge) and the partnership with Southern Lord in a collection of podcasts (http://dhradio.libsyn.com/) and webisodes (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL47E67C2D9B0C83AF).
The band wraps up their U.S. tour this evening with a performance at the Northside Yacht Club in Cincinnati. Darkest Hour kicks off a European outing on April 16 in Austria.
April 16 Linz, Austria Posthof
April 17 Graz, Austria Orpheum
April 18 Budapest, Hungary
April 20 Bucharest, Romania
April 21 Sofia, Bulgaria Maimunarnika
April 22 Thessaloniki, Greece Principal Club Theatre
April 23 Athina, Greece Piraeus Academy
April 25 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz
April 27 Madrid, Spain La Rivier
April 28 Bordeaux, France I.Boat
April 29 Dunkerque, France Les 4 Ecluses
April 30 Birmingham, UK The Flapper
May 1 Cardiff, UK CLWB Ifor Bach
May 2 London, UK The Underworld Camden
May 3 Cologne, Germany Underground
May 4 Haarlem, Netherlands Patronaat
May 5 Aarschot, Belgium De Klinker
May 6 Hamburg, Germany Hafenrock-Festival
May 7 Copenhagen, Denmark Beta
May 8 Berlin, Germany Cassiopeia
May 9 Warsaw, Poland Poglos
May 10 Praha, Czech Republic 007
May 11 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island
May 12 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk/Hansa 39
May 13 Bezirk Landstrasse, Austria Viper Room
Parkway Drive opens Aril 16 to 27 except Budapest.
Darkest Hour is John Henry (vocals), Mike Schleibaum (guitar), Mike Carrigan (guitar), Travis Orbin (drums) and Aaron Deal (bass).