Calling all At the Gates fans! Darkest Hour is coming to town. The Swedish-sounding metal band may, in reality, be from the Midwest, but with a little schooling from Fredrik Nordstrom (At the Gates, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir), the group is more powerful than ever. Its new album, Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation, produced by Nordstrom in Gothenburg, Sweden, has the tone of Swedish metal blended with mainstream hardcore and thrash. And while Darkest Hour may look more like post-hardcore band Thrice than thrash-metal elite Slayer, the band is nothing short of brutal live.
Darkest Hour's labelmates Between the Buried and Me will open the show with their intentionally chaotic, epic songs. Imagine Opeth as a metalcore band, and you have the sound Between the Buried and Me attempts to achieve. This is a chance to glimpse future metal heavy hitters.