Reunion Mania

Darkest Hour Announce 20th Anniversary Tour; Will Include a Dead to Fall Reunion

  • Axl Rosenberg

Darkest Hour 20th Anniversary TourHoly crap, is it really, truly Darkest Hour’s twentieth anniversary already??? I feel like we just went to their (insanely fun) fifteenth anniversary tour, like, last week.

Not that I’m complaining! For this (too-) brief run, Darkest Hour will celebrate the milestone by performing their album Undoing Ruin — which itself turns ten this year! — in its entirety. That record, produced by some dude named Devin Townsend, is arguably the jewel in Darkest Hour’s crown, and inarguably the album which brought the band a whole new level of attention within the metal community. Watching them tear through that shit from start to finish should be quite the experience.

As a bonus, the openers on five of the six dates of the tour are Dead to Fall. These are, if I’m not mistaken, that band’s first performances since they broke up in 2008, not long after the release of their album Are You Serious?, which (not coincidentally I’m sure) was produced by Darkest Hour guitarist Mike Schleibaum. I really never got into Dead to Fall (other than “Chum Fiesta,” because I’m apparently still in the sixth grade), but some very, very smart people have told me I’m a lunatic for not being on them like corpse paint on Abbath. Their reunion is probably still five or ten years too early to capitalize on the metalcore nostalgia that will inevitably sweep through the scene like Paul Ryan’s guitar playing at some point. Still, I imagine their small-but-loyal cult following will be stoked to see them again, and I’m legit curious to check them out for the first time since I don’t even remember when (the last time I saw them, a young band no one had ever heard of before called Born of Osiris were playing support… so, yeah, it was awhile ago).

Here are dates:

6/24 – Gramercy Theater @ New York City, NY
6/25 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
6/27 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck with Ion Dissonance (no Dead to Fall)
6/28 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
6/30 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/1 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

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