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Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation (Re-Issue)

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Album Review

It should come as no surprise that the lyrics on Darkest Hour's third album, Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation, are as vitriolic as John Henry's sandpaper vocal timbre, decrying and describing a society where guns, violence, and malevolent media rule. The band rools through twisted grindcore progressions in the background with reasonable aplomb. The album unexpectedly concludes with an uncharacteristic instrumental, "Veritas, Aequitas," whose piano, acoustic guitar, and air-guitar-hero soloing come as nothing less than a total shock after the mayhem of the preceding eight tracks. [This version of the album includes an additional CD of bonus material.]


Formed: 1995 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Washington, D.C.'s Darkest Hour are supporters of the death metal/hardcore merger, founded in the early '90s by such outfits as Carcass and Entombed. Comprising members Mike Schleibaum (guitar), Billups Allen (bass), John Henry (vocals), Fred Ziomek (guitar), and Ryan Parrish (drums), the band formed in the mid-'90s, inking a deal with the New York-based underground metal label MIA Records in 1999. The quintet issued...
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