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Darkest Hour Deliver Us

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01. Doomsayer (The Beginning of the End) 02. Sanctuary 03. Demon(s) 04. Ethereal Drain 05. Paradox with Flies 06. Light at the Edge of the World 07. Stand and Receive Your Judgment 08. Tunguska 09. Fire in the Skies 10. Full Imperial Collapse 11. Deliver Us
2007 Victory Records
Our score 8

by Ryan Ogle
9/24/2007

Darkest Hour is one of those bands that have always stood out amongst the crowd. Back when the Gothenburg craze swept over the American metal scene like crabs through a dingy strip club, these five maniacs jumped onto the scene with an exhilarating dose of high-quality melodi-core. Where other bands that swam in this pond fell victim the throes of redundancy and mediocrity, Darkest Hour was one of the handful that really had something to offer. Not only that, but they have proven that they are a band who knows how to evolve with time. I'm going to stop short of calling Deliver Us the band's greatest effort, because it didn't quite have the initial impact that Undoing Ruin did. Where that one sucker-punched me right from the start, this is an album that I had to spend a little more time with. Once completely immersed, I took a look around and found one incredibly solid and well-written collection of metal tunes. What better way to start this show than with the action-packed "Doomsayer (The Beginning Of The End)." This tune has it all; a lush acoustic intro, truckloads of melodic riffing, a powerful and memorable chorus and tasty guitar solos. More direct and aggressive are flesh-rippers like "Sanctuary" and "Full Imperial Collapse," the latter showing a decidedly more disturbed side to the band. For fans that feed off the lifeforce of killer melody, Deliver Us offers the semi-epic vibe of "Tunguska" and the driving vocal hook of "Demon(s)." If you're at this party for no other reason than a good ole' ass-beating, shove your head in the speaker and blast "Stand And Receive Your Judgment" for about an hour straight. Sure the songs are good, but how does it sound Well, I can answer that with three simple words - Devin Fucking Townsend. That's right, after striking sonic gold on Undoing Ruin; the lads once again put their faith in the hands of the madman himself and as usual, are better off for doing so. Where the last album was a tad on the polished side, Deliver Us comes across with a biting and bold organic crunch; a lot like a good imported beer. Bottom Line: After five albums these boys still know how to kick ass. While there may be a few more accessible moments on this one then we've heard in the past, you really can't say that this band has lost their edge. Their forward-thinking use of vocal phrasing and melodic interplay with the guitars shows that they aren't afraid to move in new directions while keeping their feet firmly planted on the soil from which they sprung. A solid album made of solid tunes, 'nuff said.

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ofgo_ 9/24/2007 8:46:02 PM

Shitty album.. lambgoat should quit reviewing music


anonymous 9/24/2007 8:48:32 PM

After 3 albums? Do your research. Albums are as follows: 1.The Mark of the Judas (2000) 2.So Sedated, So Secure (2001) 3.Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation (2003) 4.Undoing Ruin (2005) 5.Deliver Us (2007) 5 albums, guys. 5. Not to mention the couple EPs before that, and the splits.


anonymous 9/24/2007 8:53:16 PM

Oh, and to the gay who posted first. Only a total f*cking douche bag would deny themselves of the sick rifgaye that is the darkest hour.


Good Review-_ 9/24/2007 9:11:21 PM

Bottom Line-This is a great release. 1st post? Its great how people talk shit and think there a worth while critic. I really want to hear the music they can come up with because they must be so good the talk shit on bands like this that are over 5 releases deep. DH brought it once again with this album. 1st post...go f*ck yourself, or make a better album. Good review.


ofgo_ 9/24/2007 9:14:10 PM

omg. myspace kids takeover


chamber_ 9/24/2007 9:15:09 PM

so having it all includes having an acoustic intro? f*ck this review and f*ck this band


anonymous 9/24/2007 9:44:57 PM

Seriously. ofgo, post a link up of some music you've made. I bet it's really good.


fuck_ 9/24/2007 9:45:14 PM

darkest hour=complete at the gates ripoff. judging by their first three albums, i dont need to hear this one to know that it is a piece of shit. who ever wrote the 2nd post is f*ckin tool. he wrote "5 albums", dumbass.....


anonymous 9/24/2007 9:46:54 PM

Heh, looks like someone edited the review. Way to be proactive, lambgoat.


anonymous 9/24/2007 9:48:49 PM

Way to not know what you're talking about. They edited the page after they read the comment. I win, yet again.


Fur_Beach_ 9/24/2007 9:51:55 PM

this album came out forever ago. lame. im tired of this band


hcb_ 9/24/2007 9:54:12 PM

this album sucked and this reviewer is a f*cking joke


anonymous 9/24/2007 10:10:12 PM

this is darkest hours best work, and if you think different you lack ears or taste


anonymous 9/24/2007 10:34:55 PM

at the gates rip-off. all DH's albums sound the same anyways


11_days_ 9/24/2007 10:37:55 PM

youre all f*cking gaygits


observethemoon_ 9/24/2007 10:39:57 PM

what an awful review.


m_ 9/24/2007 10:47:02 PM

I've got an idea: how about all you one-liner insult jackoffs start a band and post some songs! Better yet, tour, write more albums, and stick together for 7 years!! Nah, better stick with downloading mp3s and jacking off to porn. At least that's safe.


anonymous 9/24/2007 10:48:28 PM

i like how people who hate this band spend the time to click on the link and make a comment. like your opinion matters, you f*cking sadsacks.


bearclawrawr_ 9/24/2007 10:56:50 PM

this album should have got a 9, if they didnt have as much singing as they do in this album, then it should have been a 10


dingwing_ 9/24/2007 11:14:09 PM

i didn't like this album and i've always liked darkest hour. they've failed me. *sells cr00cial vinyl on ebay*


anonymous 9/24/2007 11:48:20 PM

this is pretty mediocre


anonymous 9/25/2007 12:26:27 AM

certainly not their best work, but there are still fun bright spots in there.


anonymous 9/25/2007 3:32:37 AM

Do people think they're being insightful or relevant when they compare At the Gates to Darkest Hour? That's an old comparison that doesn't hold up anymore; give me a new critque: It's okay, I'll wait while you ask your older brother for his opinion.


devilondemand_ 9/25/2007 4:58:10 AM

"What better way to start this show than with the action-packed "Doomsayer (The Beginning Of The End)." Track Listing: 01. Doomsayer (The Beginning of the Exit)


arty_mcfarty_ 9/25/2007 6:28:46 AM

good god, a review that actually describes what the record sounds like!!!! my prayers have been answered.....thank you webby for finally getting someone not retarded besides nick to write reviews


anonymous 9/25/2007 8:08:59 AM

i miss partying with john henry.


xTomWaitsx_ 9/25/2007 10:33:37 AM

Yeah I don't really agree with this review I always thought most of their material sounded the same although they are fairly talented.


revspin_ 9/25/2007 12:58:12 PM

lol reviewer's name is ogle


about the music/band._ 9/25/2007 2:12:48 PM

with undoing ruin DH seemed to master the art of making distinguishable and memorable songs. everything before sort of runs together, all of it is good, but there was never an "oh man! i love this song!" moment on the first 3. this one follows like UR, just doesn't have the same urgency or draw that forces you to read along and feel the intent of the song. thats the only way i can put it. but reviewer is right to mention 'tunguska'....best song for sure. ps. does anyone else feel like 'full


monolithic_ 9/25/2007 2:29:18 PM

Only good band that plays this style.


reelbigfinger_ 9/25/2007 3:10:49 PM

Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation is there best work in my opinion....Oklahoma is one of my all time favorite songs....period.....


anonymous 9/25/2007 3:33:49 PM

C'mon, ofgo, step up to the challenge. We're waiting.


oswaldo sanchez_ 9/25/2007 5:23:20 PM

lambgoaters need anger management. all the bands who started around the time this one did now sound like shit. these doods have stayed true to their style while also maturing in the process. they also dont play shows drunk anymore (so ive heard)! the review is way late though.


inverted666_ 9/25/2007 5:55:43 PM

Once again a Darkest Hour cd has helped me with my insomnia, please don't let the FDA get a hold of them.


anonymous 9/25/2007 7:07:50 PM

You can have opinions and judge music without being good at it, just as you can be a good art critic without being a good artist. The most well-known art critic is Arthur Danto, he is not a good artist. The fact that you can't write good music yourself doesn't mean that your opinion is worthless.


..._ 9/25/2007 7:16:45 PM

"I've got an idea: how about all you one-liner insult jackoffs start a band and post some songs! Better yet, tour, write more albums, and stick together for 7 years!! Nah, better stick with downloading mp3s and jacking off to porn. At least that's safe." BEST COMMENT ON LAMBGOAT. f*cking idiots.


anonymous 9/25/2007 9:50:36 PM

eat aids and kill yourselves gays. f*ck this album, you dont need to be in a band to know shit when you hear it, f*ck off


anonymous 9/25/2007 11:11:06 PM

amazing album


ThaGoat_ 9/26/2007 12:12:31 AM

This album's fantastic, and while I personally like Undoing Ruin better, this is almost as good. There were a few parts where what they did with the melody on one guitar and the brutality on the other is simply amazing.


anonymous 9/26/2007 2:59:16 AM

What an unforgiving bunch of lifeless bastards some of you seem to be. Is it not possible for you to nicely point out an error? Do none of you ever make mistakes or receive misinformation? You are all encouraged to voice your opinion of the review and the music but for god sakes grow the hell up. I think it is an intriguing review and I will have to listen to the album after all this commotion about it.


ed_ 9/26/2007 3:46:42 AM

Darkest Hour is like the definition of "melodi-core" mediocrity.


anonymous 9/26/2007 11:12:34 AM

calling them at the gates rip offs is a little over done wouldn't you say? considering they sound nothing like them since Undoing Ruin. this album is sick, buy it.


EVILF22_ 9/26/2007 11:23:24 AM

meh


anonymous 9/26/2007 12:53:22 PM

"you dont need to be in a band to know shit when you hear it" this


shredlogic_ 9/26/2007 6:54:24 PM

There are some awesome modal solos in this one, props


gwar420_ 9/26/2007 8:27:58 PM

this is kind of a shitty review.. but darkest hour is def a good band, always liked them


good god_ 9/27/2007 1:04:36 PM

I'll just listen to At The Gates- Slaughter of the soul... and laugh at how all these rip offs will never top it.


defiepilex_ 9/27/2007 5:46:07 PM

i know i'll get ripped on for not liking this cd, but it's very mediocre for me. everything up to this kicked f*cking ass, but the riffs aren't memorable, the solos have ill deliverence and just don't stick out to much. and the singing????? makes me want to die. that said, the first song on the cd is awesome and they're a kick ass band...........just a kick ass band with one bad cd. meh, it happens.


Dave2112_ 9/27/2007 10:57:20 PM

Great review.


xnotsoedgex_ 9/27/2007 11:05:22 PM

this album blows. easily their worst shit ever...


wizardsbeard_ 9/28/2007 12:33:53 PM

"Sure the songs are good, but how does it sound?"


guy_ 9/28/2007 12:48:24 PM

Pre-order CDs-- Animosity, Tony Danza & Behold...the Arctopus!!!!!! http://www.indiemerchstore.com/blackmarket


poopingmypants_ 9/28/2007 10:32:19 PM

yawn


simonbrody_ 9/29/2007 5:59:41 PM

"a biting and bold organic crunch; a lot like a good imported beer" who the f*ck let this guy write a review?


anonymous 9/30/2007 10:51:46 AM

darkest hour are starting to show real lambgoat indicators of success: 1. inciting post riot 2.everyone who sucked their dcks 3 years ago is trashing them. 3. guy is promoting blackmarket activities releases in the middle of the comments page


kill yourself_ 10/1/2007 3:26:40 AM

AN Ethereal Drain might be the best metal song ever made. These motherf*ckers are still the real deal


shutitdown_ 10/2/2007 8:22:28 PM

sick album f*ck the haters


Cory Suomi_ 10/3/2007 2:43:24 PM

Deliver us and paradox with flies are much better tracks then doomsayer Ryan Ogle...did you even listen to the album..honestly..


uhhh_ 10/4/2007 1:25:59 AM

This album gets an 8 and the new Between the Buried and Me gets a 6? You have got to be f*cking joking.


FlexYoFace_ 10/5/2007 11:42:38 AM

^ no joke.. I'm no hater, but this cd is about a 7/8 and BTBAM Colors is a 9, maybe even a 10. I used to trust in Lambgoat reviews... like Remission = 9 and Arsis A Celebration = 9.. good albums.. good reviews.. what's the deal.


Nick_ 10/7/2007 11:13:13 AM

Maybe because Remission and A Celebration of Guilt are way better albums than this and Colors?


anonymous 10/15/2007 7:54:24 PM

"Pre-order CDs-- Animosity, Tony Danza & Behold...the Arctopus!!!!!! http://www.indiemerchstore.com/blackmarket posted by guy " hahahaha yes behold. now that is true music. oh and in regards to this cd. i thought it was actually really good. not as good as undoing ruin which i still listen through and through over and over again. but some solos on this album blew my mind. these dudes are becoming great musicicians!


Turd_Furgeson_ 10/24/2007 11:23:49 AM

And yet ANOTHER GREAT Victory release.


Obed_ 11/29/2007 8:35:02 PM

At The Gates? Well they stayed at Tomas Lindberg's house while recording Sadist Nation and He's on the album. If You're endorsed by the band is it really a rip off? And I'm a Mark Of The Judas dude myself but all their recordings are better than alot of shit. And homeboys still play drunk.


Casey_ 2/22/2008 9:53:46 AM

Unfortunately they do At the Gates 1000 times better than At the Gates did. I hate whiny fan boys, grow up.


dude_ 7/6/2008 9:34:57 PM

a lambgoat anomaly. a review that actually makes sense.