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New Darkest Hour bassist Aaron Deal (ex-Salome)

If you’ve seen Darkest Hour perform since last summer you may have noticed that longtime bassist Paul Burnette wasn’t performing with the group, and in his place was Salome drummer/mastermind Aaron Deal. We reported as much last August, but the band was quick to issue a statement saying that Burnette’s departure was actually just a temporary leave of absence and that Deal was just filling in.

Almost a year later, Darkest Hour have announced that Burnette is officially and permanently out of the group, and that Deal is his replacement. Here’s a statement from the band issued exclusively to MetalSucks:

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the official departure of long time friend and bassist Paul Burnette. Paul’s presence on the stage, in the jam room, and everywhere in between will be missed. He has helped us to both conquer the world and develop the sound of the band. For that we’ll be eternally grateful.

Although Paul will continue thrashing to live in the new powerhouse Iron Reagan, his musical footprint will remain with us forever.  We love you, dude!

As many of you who have seen us live know, Aaron Deal (ex-Salome mastermind) has been doing an amazing job filling in these past few tours. He’s rocked Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America with us and it’s safe to say, he’s a true bro. We couldn’t ask for a more badass addition to the dudes. Of all this craziness Aaron states: ”As a long-time friend of all the dudes, I think playing with Darkest Hour is a natural fit.  I’ve definitely had a blast playing all over the world with them and I can’t wait to take this party to the next level!”

Come see us live all over Europe during the festival season. Here are the dates. This next beer’s for Paul!


Burnette had been with the band since just after the release of their Victory Records debut So Sedated, So Secure in 2001, and he’s the second member of the “classic” Darkest Hour lineup to leave in the past few months; drummer Ryan Parrish left earlier this year.

So, that settles that. We couldn’t be happier for Deal, a “true bro” indeed, although we’re still bummed about the demise of Salome.

By the way, MetalSucks will be premiering the new Darkest Hour video for “Severed Into Separates” one week from today. Stay tuned.

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