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Eternal Return

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  • In my opinion, this is one of the best albums of the year to this point. The vocals are much better along with the overall tightness of the group. Darkest Hour are proving why they’re at where they are now. The solos that are on “The Eternal Return” are nothing short of amazing.

    To get to the point, this CD is a must for any fan or anyone who is interested in this genre of music. You won’t regret it. :)

    Posted on December 18, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • That’s a pretty bold statement right there, but then again Darkest Hour have done nothing but prove it over and over again for about the last decade.

    “The Eternal Return,” the sixth full length record for the band, is indeed one that’s not going to immediately hit with fans. After all, these guys are coming off the heels of two amazing albums in “Deliver Us” and “Undoing Ruin” (and to a lesser degree the three which preceded them, most notably “The Mark Of Judas”). It’s not going to take the title of “best album” away from any of the previously mentioned records, so it’s important to not waste time comparing it to them. But what “The Eternal Return” does do, is solidly cement Darkest Hour as one of the most reliable and otherwise outstanding bands of their respected genre. How many other metal bands can say they’ve put out 6 records in a row that were all great? Not many (if really any that I can immediately remember).

    Although Kris Norris is gone, its rather untrue to argue that his replacement isn’t sufficient. In fact, though Kris may have had a distinct, melodic edge to his playing (particularly his solos), Mike Carrigan more than does the job of filling his rather large shoes. “Death Worship” and “Bitter” both rip with ferociously heavy, metallic riffs and show these guys haven’t lost a bit of their gas at this point. “No God” recalls similar feelings as larger singles the band produced like “Demons” and “Convalescence” (minus the clean singing), but still knows how to keep things heavy. There really is not a single moment for the listener to stop and catch their breath throughout the disc’s run, as even the more “epic sounding” tracks like “The Tides” and “Into The Grey” are still overtly pummeling. This album sounds a little less produced and raw, partly because of Brian McTernan’s production, and it really adds to the unrelenting and heavy nature the band seems content to stay with.

    Which brings up a notable point about this album: they still have it. After “Deliver Us” most were expecting to see DH lighten their sound, get more progressive and expand into a larger audience (which even the band admits they were expected to do.) Instead these DC natives have toned down the gloss and turned up the volume. It may take a few spins to sink in, but this is equally as good as any record in the band’s discography, and a firm testament to how consistent and talented they really are. A listener never has to worry when they put on a Darkest Hour disc; it always delivers exactly what a melodic metal listener is looking for.

    Although the idea of this record representing “all the best parts of all the previous Darkest Hour albums” is somewhat debatable, it’s still one of the best Melodic Metal albums to be released in all of 2009. Like stated before, it’s not easy to name many metal bands that have released three great albums in a row, let alone six. Any fan of DH should be more than pleased with this disc, though it could take some time to get into at first. The edgier production, excellent song-writing and overall unrelenting nature of this band continue to keep me coming back for more, and if this is any indication that they’re not going to let up, I’ll happily be listening to them for another six albums!

    Posted on December 18, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is my first Album review on Amazon, and I have to admit that my motivations for writing it were found in the guitar riffs of Darkest Hour’s new song, “Black Sun,” on this very album. Pure metal bliss! I could not help but heap praise on the album after hearing that segment!

    I have only given the album a cursory play through, half expecting a regression of the band from a supposed peak they reached with their last album Deliver Us. Luckily my fears were not realized! Darkest hour has produced another album that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end and will sock you with its fast tempos and genius songwriting.

    There is some recycled material, and you may find yourself thinking, “hey, haven’t I heard this song before,” but Darkest Hour actually manages to take each song to different levels. They show that they do not have a limited number of permutations for their songs, and they throw in enough new techniques to make this an actual progression from their previous album.

    To all American Metal Bands: you can keep your style and sound and come up with new material. No need to “experiment” with more mainstream sounds; Darkest Hour just proved that with this new release. I highly recommend this album!

    Posted on December 18, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When Kris Norris departed Darkest Hour, I was shocked. When I heard they had replaced his with one of their own roadies, I felt like congrats were in order. When I then heard that a new album was forthcoming, I was, as with all DH releases, pumped beyond words. I have waited until now to post a review of this record because I wanted to give it a chance to marinate. After doing so I have to say that at least in my opinion, Kris Norris is sorely missed. Having looked back I saw that there was something missing from the new Darkest Hour record and I determined that it was Kris Norris who provided it. That certain something was a sense of light in the darkness and beauty in the chaos that is Darkest Hour. Sure, this is a good cd. But it is not a great cd. Surely it is not a mix of all the great DH elements. This is not a total failure by ay means. John Henry sounds meaner and more pissed off than ever. That is what saves this from being a two-star effort. DH fans will pick it up. If this is your first DH cd, then you are starting off with a somewhat lesser product than they are capable of producing.

    Posted on December 18, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Don’t believe all the talk that Darkest Hour sucks since they lost their “shredder” Kris Norris. On their latest record, these D.C. metallers have taken their fast, heavy, and scary sound……..and made it faster, heavier, and scarier.

    Though it doesn’t quite match up to their 2005 masterpiece Undoing Ruin, it’s a step in the right direction after 2007’s so-so effort Deliver Us. Check out one of the album’s stand-out tracks like “The Tides” and you know will know what I am talking about.

    To put it plainly, this is a band based around riffs, not leads, and The Eternal Return proves that, acting as a modern nod to old-school thrash, without sounding old, tired, or cliche.

    Posted on December 18, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now