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Darkest Hour Recording New Album With Kurt Ballou, Kris Norris To Guest


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Recording sessions are underway for the new Darkest Hour album. The band have entered GodCity Studio in Salem, MA with Converge‘s Kurt Ballou handling the production duties and plans laid for a February release. In addition to that, former guitarist Kris Norris will be collaborating on a few tracks. The group commented:

“As we told the backers who contributed to our crowd-fund campaign for our forthcoming record (album nine), we are excited to announce we are ready to move into the next phase of the process — the recording!

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We are recording with guitar/producer jedi Kurt Ballou at his very own God City studio in Salem, Mass. We’ll be there for the next month and it’s going to rule. The studio is amazing, Salem is beautiful this time of year, and it seems like a perfect environment to make some blistering metal.

We have tried our best to make this project special for not only fans but ourselves. Enlisting Kurt‘s help is only one step in the process. It’s with this in mind that we would like to let you in on another little secret — we’ve brought back our very own guitarist Kris Norris (of Undoing Ruin, Deliver Us, Sadist Nation fame) to collaborate with us on a few tracks and possibly a guest solo or two.

We have been documenting the writing and recording process as we go so look for some web vidoes, live Facebook-ing, and whole lot more as we continue the journey that is making this record.

Once again, thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered or contributed to our Indiegogo campaign. This album will NOT disappoint. We can’t wait to assault you ears with these jams.”

Norris said of his partial return:

“When the guys contacted me about the idea of a collaboration, I was excited because it has been a really long time since I’ve worked with them all. I’ve stayed in touch with them over the past years and it’s really awesome to see that they keep trying new things on every album and growing musically. I’ve always felt there was a really good writing chemistry and it’s awesome to see that it’s still there.”

Guitarist Michael “Lonestar” Carrigan added:

“Working with Kris was a lot of fun, it started pretty causal, and developed into something natural. All of us together, in one room, was not only inspiring but has yielded some pretty awesome results. Can’t wait for everyone to hear what we have been working on.”

Fellow guitarist Mike Schleibaum also commented

“While this album is not throwback or homage to anything we have done in the past, we are doing our best to capture the spirit and energy of those early records this time. Bringing in Kris on a few songs is just a great way to keep things fresh. This album is as forward-thinking creatively as it is noticeably Darkest Hour sonically.”

The band crowdfunded $70,747 for the effort earlier this year via Indiegogo.

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