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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.

Customer Reviews

Great album

Its incredible to be able to listen to the album with out lyrics and it truly feels like an entirely new album. This instrumental album is great for many reasons, for one it sounds amazing and it give people that are new to metal an option and a gate way to get used to the music. I obviously don't need just training wheels because I've been listening to metal for half my life. However it gives me a way to show other people what metal is really like, and what things we metal heads lust after or listen in for. In essence it allows me to explain why metal is LOVED. To build that metal ear.

Really the only negative about this album that really bugs me is :
well the sounds "volume" is drastically lower than the original. 50 percent reduced volume. I'm no music producer and I don't know the process but wouldn't it made sense to keep the same volume?

Other than that this is a must buy for any METAL HEAD !

Darkest hour is truly an amazing band thats insanely underrated!


With what the previous review said! Put it in a lot better words than I could have. Feels like a completely differed album. Why can't more bands do this? Doesn't make sense to me. This means I've bought the album twice! And I'm happy about it! DH FOR LIFE! Come to Utah please :(

Album cover art

That album cover art looks a lot like Tesla's Forever More album... Just sayin.


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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