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Fans of metalcore quintet Darkest Hour may be somewhat surprised to find the band’s seventh studio album aiming for commercial accessibility, though not as obviously as some of their more ambitious peers. The Human Romance still throws solid metalcore punches beginning with the eardrum assault of “The World Engulfed In Flames” where a foundation built on ham-fisted drumming and root-note bass-runs come together to support melodic guitar shredding and John Henry screaming like a young Lemmy Kilmister (sans English accent). “Savor the Kill” boasts twin guitarmonies that recall early Iron Maiden and a chorus catchy enough to get stuck in your head like a pop song. But even the tunes that flirt with mall-friendly screamo (“Love As a Weapon” and “Beyond the Life You Know”) keep the scales tipped on the side of classic metal’s influence, so this direction sounds more like a natural evolution instead of a blatant sell-out. And there are still moments where the band harks back to their darker hardcore roots, like bonus track “Hierarchy Of Heathens” — a feral tirade of vocal tantrums and six-string catharsis.

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4.5 out of 5

Pretty good! Prolly the most creative and unique sounding of darkest hours albums. Better than eternal return and undoing ruin but does not top deliver us, dh's best album.

Terra nocturnus- 7/10 just a plain intro could of done more with it

World engulfed in flames- 8/10 good guitar work needs a solo though

Savor the kill- 9.5/10 awesome song with cool guitar part and solo

Man and swine- 9/10 fast paced w not bad guitar rifffs.. Pretty good part in the middle with awesome solo and outro

Love as a weapon- 9.5/10 slow and harmonic with catchy singing during some parts

Your everday disaster- 10/10- 2nd best song on the album... Fast paced guitar riffs and melodic darkest hour sounding guitar interludes and harmonies and crazy solo

Violent by nature-7.5/10 short fast paced song nothing really great about. Filler song kinda

Purgatory-9/10 awesome sounding guitar intro and middle section. Guitar intro sounds like parkway drive kinda

Severed into seperates- 11/10 best song on album in my opinion. The guitar is amazing and melodic with meaning and has a great satisfying solo

Wound- 9/10- kinda like purgatory in a way. Classic darkest hour type of song
Good guitar and interludes but no solo which dissapoints me

Terra solaris- 8.5/10 pretty good instrumental. Kinda boring till a crazy fast awesome solo leading into a good outro

Beyond the life you know- 7/10 crappy album closer. Nothin special about it its got average guitar and vocals throughout and the song doesnt peak and close the album well

Hierarchy of heathens (bonus track)- 9.5/10 this should of been the album closer. Fast paced and melodic song with good outro and a parkway drive feel to the guitar work

Face melted


Pretty freaking impressive...

Pretty astonishing that this band has been around for 15 years and can still put out amazing albums. Most bands can barely last a few years, much less put anything out worth listening to after many years. But Darkest Hour gets stronger and even more unrelenting with each release. They are pushing their boundaries and making music that most bands wish they could make especially 15 years later. These guys have yet to dissappoint me with what they have put out. Keep rocking on for many years guys and hope to see another solid release. Buy this, download it, let your ears enjoy.


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 its debut recording a year later, The Mark of the Judas, and was ready to support...
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