Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with guitarist Mike Schleibaum of Washington D.C. metallers DARKEST HOUR on February 3 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City during the band’s North American tour with MACHINE HEAD and SUICIDE SILENCE. You can now watch the chat below.
DARKEST HOUR recently parted ways with drummer Ryan Parrish and temporarily replaced him with Timothy Java (DEAD TO FALL). The band states, “Tim did an amazing job on our recent European tour with MACHINE HEAD. As for the future, that’s open for discussion — no permanent decisions have been made in any way.”
Parrish is currently working with ex-DARKEST HOUR guitarist Kris Norris in a new band called A CANCEROUS AFFAIR.
DARKEST HOUR‘s sixth album, “The Human Romance”, sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 185 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
DARKEST HOUR‘s previous album, “The Eternal Return”, opened with 4,700 units back in July 2009 to enter the chart at No. 104.
“The Human Romance” was released in Europe on March 7 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at a North Carolina studio with producer (and SOILWORK guitarist) Peter Wichers.
Wichers previously helmed such acclaimed albums as ALL THAT REMAINS‘ “The Fall of Ideals” and SOILWORK‘s latest effort, “The Panic Broadcast”.