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Old 11-19-2011, 09:38 AM
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24. Darkest Hour - The Human Romance
(E1 Records)

I'm not exactly a metalcore fan, so when a band within that particular subgenre impresses me, they're really doing something right. In a year sadly light on fist-pumping, car-windows-down summer metal, this scorcher is a lean killing machine of punchy, melodic four-minute anthems. There's nothing too revolutionary here, just a collection of melodic death metal triumphs that give even At the Gates a run for their money. Unlike most of their similarly semi-respectable contemporaries and offspring (As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Miss May I), Darkest Hour's clean vocals really shine. John Henry doesn't switch to a nut-wrenching falsetto or a Hot Topic-pandering whine when he switches the growling off; rather, it's just a more coherent version of the same viciousness. He's easily the best vocalist in metalcore, and the Gothenburg-via-Maiden twin leads from Lonestar Carrigan and Mike Schleibaum perfectly complement his screams. You won't hear me say this often, but this is a metalcore album you shouldn't sleep on.

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Old 11-19-2011, 10:09 AM
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I never really understood why Darkest Hour get put into the metalcore genre. To me they are thrash or melodic death with only the vocals having a hardcore influence. Genre bullshit aside its a decent album, though not much replay value for me. I'll stick to their older material for my fix.
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How can the best thrash record of the past 20 years be overrated
I think it is too. Don't get wrong, Vektor is very good. I just don't think they are completely worthy of the insane praise they get.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:20 AM
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24. Darkest Hour - The Human Romance
(E1 Records)

I'm not exactly a metalcore fan, so when a band within that particular subgenre impresses me, they're really doing something right. In a year sadly light on fist-pumping, car-windows-down summer metal, this scorcher is a lean killing machine of punchy, melodic four-minute anthems. There's nothing too revolutionary here, just a collection of melodic death metal triumphs that give even At the Gates a run for their money. Unlike most of their similarly semi-respectable contemporaries and offspring (As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Miss May I), Darkest Hour's clean vocals really shine. John Henry doesn't switch to a nut-wrenching falsetto or a Hot Topic-pandering whine when he switches the growling off; rather, it's just a more coherent version of the same viciousness. He's easily the best vocalist in metalcore, and the Gothenburg-via-Maiden twin leads from Lonestar Carrigan and Mike Schleibaum perfectly complement his screams. You won't hear me say this often, but this is a metalcore album you shouldn't sleep on.

"Savor the Kill"
Great choice dude. This is very high on my list as well.
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I think it is too. Don't get wrong, Vektor is very good. I just don't think they are completely worthy of the insane praise they get.
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24. Darkest Hour - The Human Romance
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:26 AM
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I disagree that DH's clean vocals are better than Howard Jones, but that's only a small complaint. I'm always excited to read your lists, not because I agree with your non-metal choices, but because I usually love your top metal albums. I expect black metal galore.

And the cover is not really a ripoff of Tesla. The picture is from an archaeological site in Italy. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,250602,00.html

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My point wasn't to try to discredit one band and award it to the other. I realize it's a very unoriginal thing to begin with and all that - I was just pointing it out for amusement.
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