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Darkest Hour replaces departed bassist

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 8:05 AM PT


Darkest Hour has officially confirmed the departure of bass player Paul Burnette, who has subsequently been replaced by Aaron Deal. The band released the following statement 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!"


25 comments


6/6/2012 8:20:37 AM
awesome band, no contesting that.

but dudes have been stagnant for a while now and its no surprise everyone's starting to jump ship.

6/6/2012 9:21:02 AM
LoydChristmas57 minutes ago
awesome band, no contesting that.

but dudes have been stagnant for a while now and its no surprise everyone's starting to jump ship.

this

6/6/2012 9:22:09 AM
also, last time i saw them they were kinda boring

6/6/2012 9:48:41 AM
awesome band, aaron is an awesome dude.

6/6/2012 10:55:41 AM
I actually thought their latest CD was pretty good, but yeah can't blame some of these dudes for wanting to play something a little different.

6/6/2012 11:30:31 AM
Shit, when I read "departed" I thought he was dead...

6/6/2012 11:30:58 AM
Big Deal! Great dude.

anonymous
6/6/2012 11:35:03 AM
Hidden Hands, and Undoing Ruin are still some of my all time favorite thrash albums. Thanks for all the good times Paul. Good luck man

anonymous
6/6/2012 11:44:51 AM
Finally a thread without the incredibly original "stoked" comment...One of the few remaining bands Phil Anselmo would be proud of.

6/6/2012 11:50:26 AM
Burnette brought a lot of good energy to their shows. Can't blame him for wanting to try some new stuff. He'd been in the band since 2001. I love thrash, but 11 years of playing it might get a little stale.

6/6/2012 11:54:29 AM
No joke, they've pretty much hit their ceiling. They can't go mainstream like Metallica or some shit, and they don't have the Christians all over them to take em to As I Lay Dying-level popularity, they really can't get any bigger than mid-tier metal fame, and that's exactly where they've been, sadly, since Undoing Ruin.

anonymous
6/6/2012 12:25:22 PM
You know its a good band AND a big deal when lloydchristmas and ineedsalt post something relevent.

Great band, talented dudes, big loss. Wonder how long they will continue? Love these guys live.

6/6/2012 12:26:21 PM
Loyd Christmas
"No joke, they've pretty much hit their ceiling."

True. Kids these days might take notice if all these horrible [insert genre here]-core bands started trying to play thrash, but that will never happen. Not enough chug-chug breakdowns.

anonymous
6/6/2012 2:43:08 PM
Not as good as you all think they are, mediocre at best.

anonymous
6/6/2012 3:14:26 PM
^ likes Betraying the Martyrs

anonymous
6/6/2012 3:15:08 PM
^ Your a queer. Please die horribly.

anonymous
6/6/2012 3:15:51 PM
Betraying the Martyrs are horrible. That queer comment was for the post above to clarify.

anonymous
6/6/2012 3:24:41 PM
Can't believe that even the usual LG trolls are fapping over this terrible band. Saw them live once and was bored throughout. Every song sounded exactly the same. People only like them because they've been around for a long time. No-one was very impressed when they first broke through and rightly so.

6/6/2012 3:56:31 PM
anonymous4 hours ago
Finally a thread without the incredibly original "stoked" comment...One of the few remaining bands Phil Anselmo would be proud of.

omg shut the fck up you moron lol. saw them live a few months ago *yawns* ya...not good, not bad. mediocre at best

anonymous
6/6/2012 5:16:38 PM
Saw the new lineup in Brisbane. It was alright. As mucha as I love and respect this band, they have one more album to do something different before I start to truly no longer care.

anonymous
6/6/2012 6:01:22 PM
"he's a true bro"

6/6/2012 8:52:15 PM
Next headline about this band: "Darkest Hour call it quits".

anonymous
6/6/2012 10:32:54 PM
"oh my gaaaaawd this band is boring"

Like these trollers listen to something that ISN'T boring? Go fck yourselves

anonymous
6/7/2012 4:29:05 AM
Good band, but it seems like they've been putting out the same album now since at least The Hidden Hands Of A Sadist Nation. Still and all, they've got some chops musically... at least better than most who go the At-The-Gatescore route.

anonymous
6/9/2012 5:00:15 PM
anonymous3 days agoFinally a thread without the """incredibly original "stoked" comment...One of the few remaining bands Phil Anselmo would be proud of.
""""

so your saying phil anselmo is stoked?