US metal machine Darkest Hour are set to launch their first Australian tour in over a decade when they touch down for a series of shows starting in Adelaide on February 8.
In a career spanning over a quarter of a century Darkest Hour have steadfastly refused to allow labels or trends dictate their music, instead cross-pollinating the metal genres to create a bastardised sound that is unmistakably their own.
The band are also putting the finishing touches to their new album, the first since Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora back in 2017.
Guitarist Mike Schleibaum joined HEAVY earlier today to discuss the tour and the history of Darkest Hour. We start by pointing out the fact the band will be doing five shows in five days while here.
“The thing is, that’s kind of how we do it in America,” he shrugged. “We just run it out. We’re not really good… days off are more dangerous than days on (laughs). Because we just get in a groove and get going. But as soon as we get a day off, and someone wants to climb a mountain or swim all day or get hammered the next day it’s impossible. We’re gonna be ready to go from day one because we’ve been trapped up in the studio for a whole month here together – everybody’s having a good time – but it’s not the same as when you’re out there having an adventure. We are looking forward to getting back to the usual what it’s like to be in a band rather than being trapped in a room arguing about notes, you know what I mean?”
In the full interview, Mike discusses the changes in Darkest Hour since they last toured Australia, balancing the setlist to please as many people as possible, what we can expect, the early days of the band and what inspired them, playing a cross-section of metal and where it comes from, engineering that sound, the musical changes over the journey, finding your musical identity, work on the new album, their Patreon page, and how to secure your limited meet & greet package.