Darkest Hour Unleashes Perpetual | Terminal: A New Era of Melodic Metal Mastery

Darkest Hour Unleashes Perpetual | Terminal: A New Era of Melodic Metal Mastery

- By Cori Westbrook

Get the details on the band's North American tour that begins next week along with support from Mouth of War, Filth Is Eternal, IAM, and Somnuri. 

Washington, D.C.-based metal band Darkest Hour has just unveiled their latest album, Perpetual | Terminal, marking a significant milestone as their tenth studio release.

The album dropped today, February 23, through MNRK Heavy, adding another chapter to the band's storied career. Alongside the album's launch, the quintet also released a music video for the single "One With the Void," offering fans a visual and auditory taste of their latest work.

Comprising members Mike Schleibaum on guitar, John Henry on vocals, Aaron Deal on bass, Travis Orbin on drums, and Nico Santora on guitar, Darkest Hour continues to push the boundaries of their sound. "One With the Void" is described by Schleibaum as a showcase of Henry's exceptional talent, blending melodic darkness and atmospheric depth that the band is known for. The song is personal to Schleibaum, who sees it as a love song, although he acknowledges that listeners might interpret it differently. This track, according to Henry, stands out as his favorite on the album, highlighting the creative vocal melodies inspired by the band's instrumental arrangements.

In celebration of the album's release, Darkest Hour is set to embark on a headline tour starting February 29 in Richmond, VA. The tour will feature performances alongside bands such as Mouth of War, Filth Is Eternal, IAM, and Somnuri, concluding in the band's hometown of Washington, D.C., on April 6. This tour not only serves as a platform to showcase their new album but also strengthens their connection with fans across various cities.

Perpetual | Terminal offers a diverse tracklist that explores themes of survival, rebirth, and the inevitable end of all things. Darkest Hour's commitment to their craft is evident in this release, as they continue to explore the duality of life's experiences through their music. The band's journey, from their formation in 1995 to their current status as metal veterans, reflects their resilience and dedication to their sound and message.

Darkest Hour's impact on the metal scene is undeniable, with a history of critically acclaimed albums and a global fanbase built over nearly three decades. Their latest album, Perpetual | Terminal, is a testament to their evolution as artists and their unwavering passion for the genre, promising to be a significant addition to their discography and to the wider metal music landscape.


2/29 — Richmond, VA — Canal Club
3/01 — Greensboro, NC — Hanger 1819
3/02 — Savannah, GA — Southbound Brewing Co
3/03 — Nashville, TN — Exit In
3/05 — Miami, FL — Gramps
3/06 — Orlando, FL — Conduit
3/08 — Dallas, TX — Trees
3/09 — Austin, TX — Come And Take It Live
3/10 — Houston, TX — Warehouse Live
3/11 — Oklahoma City, OK — 89th St
3/13 — Mesa, AZ — Nile Theater
3/14 — Los Angeles, CA — 1720
3/15 — San Diego, CA — Brick By Brick
3/16 — Sacramento, CA — Goldfield Trading Post (Roseville)
3/18 — Portland, OR — Dantes
3/19 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
3/21 — Salt Lake City, UT — Metro Music Hall
3/22 — Denver, CO — Marquis
3/23 — Wichita, KS — Lodge Room @ TempleLive
3/25 — Minneapolis, MN — Turf Club
3/26 — Chicago, IL — Reggies
3/27 — Detroit, MI — The Sanctuary
3/28 — Cleveland, OH — Asylum Room @ Templelive
3/29 — Pittsburgh, PA — Preserving Underground
3/30 — Toronto, ON — Axis
4/01 — Ottawa, ON — Brass Monkey
4/02 — Montreal, QC — Fairmount Theatere
4/03 — Quebec City, QC — La Source de la Martiniere
4/04 — Cambridge, MA — Sonia
4/05 — Brooklyn, NY — The Meadows
4/06 — Washington, DC — Black Cat

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