Label-less but not down and out, Darkest Hour quickly gained the interest of Victory Records
, issuing a sophomore effort, So Sedated, So Secure, in July of 2001. It was followed by the release of Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation in 2003, an album proclaimed by Revolver to be a "metalcore classic." Summer 2004 found Darkest Hour with a slot on Ozzfest's second stage. The following February, Darkest Hour released a video set, Prison Scars and Party Bars: A Thrashography, which documented their first ten years as a band (1995-2005) with music videos, live footage, and interviews. Back on the album front, the well-received Undoing Ruin appeared in June 2005 before A-F Records
issued the rarities collection Archives (which included their two earliest EPs, 1996's The Misanthrope and 1999's The Prophecy Fulfilled) that October. Deliver Us arrived in the summer of 2007, followed by Eternal Return in 2009. They supported the album by opening for Trivium
on the Summer Slaughter tour.
In April they left Victory
after a full decade, and signed with eOne
. The Human Romance, produced by Peter Wichers of Soilwork
, was issued in February of 2011. The album entered Billboard
's Heatseekers chart at number three. After extensive touring, Parrish left the band in December, followed by bassist Paul Burnette six months later. They were eventually replaced by drummer Travis Orbin and bassist Aaron Deal.
The label arrangement with eOne
was short-lived; Darkest Hour signed with Sumerian Records
in 2013. Producer Taylor Larson (I, the Breather
) was enlisted and helped the band to craft a sound that focused more on hook-laden, melodic death songwriting. Simply titled Darkest Hour, the set was issued in August of 2014. After touring, including a special set of shows to celebrate Undoing Ruin's ten-year anniversary, Darkest Hour began a successful crowd-funding campaign for their recordings. They worked with Converge
's Kurt Ballou at his GodCity studio to produce 2017's Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora. Southern Lord
helped distribute the album. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi