Musical Milestone: Darkest Hour’s “Perpetual | Terminal” Marks Band’s Longevity

Takoma Park quintet Darkest Hour has just released its tenth album, titled “Perpetual | Terminal,” today through MNRK Heavy.

“Perpetual | Terminal” was produced by Taylor Larson of Bethesda-based MixWave, who also led the sessions for the band’s 2014 self-titled album on Sumerian Records. The new album was funded independently with the help of fan support on Patreon.

The record’s theme centers around the duality of survival while embracing rebirth,” says guitarist Mike Schleibaum. “We keep killing parts of ourselves to make new parts and survive. The story of the record is the story of the band. We’re still here, and we’re giving the world a body of work that’s representative of our music today. We’ve realized relationships, tours, good times, everything that seems to give life meaning, is terminal — and will inevitably end. Nevertheless, we’re 46-year-old dudes who love this music enough to put up with the trials and tribulations of being artists in a touring band.”

Darkest Hour has been blending death metal, thrash, hardcore punk, and melody to craft their unique musical style for nearly three decades. Founded in 1995, the band quickly attracted a dedicated fan base and has achieved significant success, accumulating millions of streams and securing five Top 3 debuts on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart.

The band’s previous album, “Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora,” not only claimed the top spot on the Heatseekers Chart but also secured a position at #42 on the Billboard 200 and entered the Top 10 of the Top Vinyl Albums Chart. The 2017 release received accolades from several music publications like Revolver, EXCLAIM!, MetalSucks, New Noise, Metal Hammer, and PopMatters. Additionally, the album served as the inspiration for the Washington Capitals’ fight song during the 2017-18 hockey season and was reissued by MNRK Heavy last fall.

The band will kick off the tour for “Perpetual | Terminal” next week alongside I Am, Mouth For War, Filth Is Eternal, and Somnuri. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Tour Dates:

With I Am, Mouth For War, and Somnuri

  • 2/29: Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
  • 3/1: Greensboro, NC @ Hanger 1819
  • 3/2: Savannah, GA @ Southbound Brewing Co.
  • 3/3: Nashville, TN @ Exit In
  • 3/5: Miami, FL @ Gramps
  • 3/6: Orlando, FL @ Conduit
  • 3/8: Dallas, TX @ Trees
  • 3/8: Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
  • 3/10: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
  • 3/11: Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St
  • 3/13: Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theater
  • 3/14: Los Angeles, CA @ 172

With I Am & Somnuri

  • 3/15: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
  • 3/16: Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post
  • 3/18: Portland, OR @ Dante’s Live

With I Am, Filth Is Eternal & Somnuri

  • 3/19 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
  • 3/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
  • 3/22 Denver, CO @ The Marquis
  • 3/23 Wichita, KS @ Lodge Room – Temple Live
  • 3/25 Minneapolis, MN @ The Turf Club
  • 3/26 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
  • 3/27 Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary
  • 3/28 Cleveland, OH @ Asylum Room – Temple Live
  • 3/29 Pittsburgh, PA @ Preserving Underground
  • 3/30 Toronto, ON @ Axis
  • 4/1 Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
  • 4/2 Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theater
  • 4/3 Quebec City, QC @ La Source De La Martiniere
  • 4/4 Cambridge, MA @ Sonia
  • 4/5 Brooklyn, NY @ The Meadows
  • 4/6 Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Photo Courtesy of MNRK Heavy

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