Review By: Julius Aguilar
Raw. Exhilarating. Fast paced shredding and amazing breakdowns is what every heavy metal fan expects from their favorite heavy metal bands, and Darkest Hour does not let down. From song to song, a different sound is felt that allows Darkest Hour fans to experience what the band stands for and what they bring to the table of the heavy metal music industry. Every track is beautifully structured and placed to keep the mind stimulating and the blood rushing through the veins; from the high belting screeches of John Henry to the rhythm and tempo of Mike Schleibaum, Michael “Lonestar” Carrigan and Aaron Deal and the head banging breakdowns of drummer Travis Orbin.
They hit the ground running in their ninth album Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora, a 12 track IndieGoGo crowdfunded record, with the first track on the album “Knife in the Safe Room”. Pulling no punches and hitting every fan with an amazingly in your face, loud screaming intro track to setup a preview of what the whole album has to offer. This track, along with others on the album, seamlessly moves the listener with ease through each track. Keeping the listener invested and involved as Darkest Hours’ melodic music migrates the listener through this adventure.
Moving through this heavy metal adventure, Darkest Hour hits you with one of their amazing drum setups, on the fifth track “The Flesh and the Flowers of Death”. A grand attribute of Travis Orbin’s drumming, pulling you in with a head banging, arm throwing, and adrenaline rushing mosh pit to the head with a drum intro that continues to keep your endorphins flowing and the euphoric feeling of metal rushing through your spine. This track also gives you one of the slickest, melodic solo’s that melts perfectly with the fast pace heaviness of the song and right into a rightly deserved head banging breakdown.
“Widowed”, which is track eight on Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora, is one of the more slowed tracks on the record. As one of the more melodic and slower paced songs on the record, it still serves as a strategic and well placed track on the record, as an interlude. Which dissolves perfectly into “Enter Oblivion” a track that resuscitates the blood flow and keeps you invested in the story arch of the album. This track helps listener with the outro of the album by slowing the tempos in the guitar and drumming pattern to a head banging structure.
For those who invested in Darkest Hours’ Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora’s through their IndieGoGo crowdfunding, have truly helped make one the best albums in metal. But a well-deserved round of applause to Darkest Hour, for coming out with an album that will please those who invested in the making of the album as well as fan base. Darkest Hours’ Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora, is truly and deservedly an album that needs to be in every heavy metal fans collection.