Darkest Hour Biography
Darkest Hour is back, with a strong foundation of Gothenburg-style Swedish death metal, hardcore song structures, and punk rock attitude to conjure up Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation. Recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden by legendary producer Fredrick Nordstrom (At the Gates, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation is Darkest Hour's most mature and extreme material to date. If traveling to Gothenburg wasn't enough, Darkest Hour invited their friends to join them, including Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates), Peter Wichers (Soilwork), Anders Bjorler (The Haunted), and Marcus Suneson (The Crown).
"Basically, it was intimidating to walk into the studio where so many of our favorite albums were recorded, but it was great to work with Fredrick on defining the Darkest Hour sound, rather than having a producer work on making us sound like anyone else. He had a lot of input in getting the right kind of sounds, which was really great," explains guitarist Mike Schleibaum. "We took the band full circle in a lot of ways, from creating music based on our influences back to the source of those inspirations." There were challenges involved with recording so far away from home, from the hour long walk to the studio and back daily to the hunt for lodging, but the band were extremely happy with the outcome. "It was all worth it, because we are really proud of the album," commented Mike.
Musically faster, more intense, and more melodic than any previous release, Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation is the next gospel in the new religion that is Darkest Hour. Lyrically, the record focuses on many issues, from aspects of American culture to personal relationships, to a song about the whole band being locked up by the Feds in Oklahoma. "Sadist Nation" is an indictment of America's culture of guns and violence while "Marching To The Killing Rhythm" and "The Patriot Virus" condemn blind patriotism and military arrogance equally.
Over the past year Darkest Hour has spread the circle pit sickness to the US, Canada, Iceland, and Europe. They have partied and played with bands including Drowningman, Zao, Six Feet Under, God Forbid, Lamb of God, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Crown and Shadows Fall.