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Updated: Apr 24

Photo Credit: Mary Lou Larson

Well-renowned metalcore band, Darkest Hour John Henry (vocals), Mike Schleibaum (guitar), Nico Santora (guitar), Aaron Deal (bass), and Travis Orbin (drums) - is finally putting out new music and have announced their tenth studio album, Perpetual | Terminal, to the world. The album will be released on February 23, 2024 via MRNK Heavy and in hyping up the album’s release, the band have just dropped their latest, hard-hitting single “Societal Bile” along with an accompanying music video.

Watch the music video here or click the thumbnail below.

Stream “Societal Bilehere.

As expected from any other Darkest Hour song, “Societal Bile” packs a massive punch. With heavy riffs, shredding solos, blast beat drumming and harsh angry vocals, “Societal Bile” will have you hating life and wanting to unleash all that anger out on the world. The only thing contrasting the song's brutal nature, is its hopeful lyrics touching on the will to carry on in a world that tries to destroy you and itself and never giving up no matter what. 

The music video, directed by Chad Fjerstad and shot entirely in black and white, showcases the band in its natural, brutal state; delivering a hard and heavy performance of the three minute agonizing track and features shots of individuals being drenched in the “bile”. 

"This song is for survivors. While we all have our own special survival story, this song touches on the bile that immerses us as we navigate this modern life. It's also an acknowledgment of the personal responsibility we all share to ourselves to reject all that attempts to consume us and fight each day to find our own space to exist in peace with a world at war. It's dedicated to everyone who's got that survivor's disease and won't ever give up.” - Guitarist Schleibaum on “Societal Bile

Perpetual | Terminal is due for release on 2/23 via MRNK Heavy and is the band’s first album in seven years, following Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora which was released in 2017. Pre-orders are available here and if you want to catch them live, you will have your chance this spring as the band will embark on a headlining tour with Mouth of War, Filth Is Eternal, I AM, and Somnuri as support. The tour will begin on 2/29 in Richmond, Virginia and will conclude on 4/6 in Washington, D.C. See full list of dates below.

For three whole decades, Darkest Hour has stood the test of time. Their use of combining elements from multiple genres of metal ranging from death metal to hardcore has helped them develop a style so unique and booming, that it has made them stand out amongst the rest. 

"The record's theme centers around the duality of survival while embracing rebirth. 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." - Schleibaumn on Perpetual | Terminal

Darkest Hour was formed in September of 1995 in Washington, D.C. but it wasn’t until the release of Undoing Ruins, Deliver Us, and The Eternal Return in 2005, 2007, and 2009 respectively that the band would receive massive attention. Undoing Ruins debuted at #110 on the Billboard charts and The Eternal Return debuted at #104 and #1 on US Top Heatseekers. Their previous album, Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora was a massive success for the band, becoming their third album to reach #1 on US Top Heatseekers and #42 on the Billboard 200. Overall, Darkest Hour has accumulated over a million streams and with this upcoming release, we can only expect that number to go even higher. I would NOT be surprised if this new album charts even higher than the last one and becomes the fourth album to reach #1 on US Top Heatseekers. Needless to say I cannot wait for Perpetual | Terminal to drop.


"A Prayer to the Holy Death"    

"The Nihilist Undone"    

"One With the Void"    

"Amor Fati"    

"Love is Fear"    

"New Utopian Dream"    


"My Only Regret"    

"Goddess of War, Give Me Something to Die For"

Pre-order Perpetual | Terminal here




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