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Darkest Hour: ArchivesArchives (2006)
A-F Records

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Since their inception, Darkest Hour have grown from a hardcore band with a taste for Swedish metal to a full-fledged American thrash institution with some of the most punishing and innovative songwriting in punk-based heavy music. A-F Records recently released Archives, which combines the band's .
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Since their inception, Darkest Hour have grown from a hardcore band with a taste for Swedish metal to a full-fledged American thrash institution with some of the most punishing and innovative songwriting in punk-based heavy music.

A-F Records recently released Archives, which combines the band's first two EPs (1996's The Misanthrope and 1999's The Prophecy Fulfilled) as well as a handful of singles from the same period.

Much of the material on Archives is tough to find, especially The Misanthrope, so fans of the band might take solace in being able to finally mosh out in their bedrooms to their favorite band's earlier work. While The Misanthrope might be cool to finally hear, it doesn't really go beyond that. The band's earliest work falls miles short of what they would later accomplish.

The tracks taken from The Prophecy Fulfilled definitely make up the strongest moments of Archives. While the original isn't impossible to find, it's not unlikely that many of Darkest Hour's fans are missing them. It's no surprise that these songs were placed outside of chronological order and appear as the Archive's first six tracks. They offer a nearly seamless introduction into what many argue is Darkest Hour's masterpiece, The Mark of the Judas. A few 7-inch tracks and split contributions take us through to the 10th track, at which time The Misanthrope takes over, which really seems as though it might as well have been recorded by a different band altogether.

Archives is an interesting look at Darkest Hour before they became one of the best American metal bands of the last ten years. They've always kept a low profile, but one listen to any of their Victory Records releases would make it tough for any metal fan to disagree. Archives is the last place to look for your first Darkest Hour purchase, but for fans it's a great addition to your collection. Had it been limited to the first 10 songs, it would have been of much higher quality, but at the same time there is some value in having the older stuff just for interest's sake.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 11, 2006)

"wow $12 is expensive to you try £15 a cd in britain
thats the equivilent to $30"

Considering that they were selling Hidden Hands at the merch stand for $10, and also taking into account that I could've simply downloaded the songs for free, yeah, it was a bit expensive .

That being said, 15 pounds is way too much to pay for any CD that isn't some major compilation. That has to be at least $21.

miff (December 11, 2006)

wow $12 is expensive to you try £15 a cd in britain
thats the equivilent to $30

Anonymous (December 11, 2006)

they should have buried this material, so that it may never resurface. horrible. i bought "the misanthrope" when i saw them way back in the day before they discovered ripping off At the Gates.
After listening to that piece of garbage, i tried to sell it back to the used cd store. even THEY would not have it.

Anonymous (December 10, 2006)

So... where's the review? How the fuck did this steaming pile of shit get accepted?

Ianw (December 9, 2006)

You should have reviewed Melt-Bananna instead.

ben_conoley (December 9, 2006)

"thing"

ben_conoley (December 9, 2006)

I believe this release was just a one-time things with A-F.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

Does this mean that DH is recording their next album on A-F, or are they just doing the label a favor?

And I got this, the reviewer is spot on. It's pretty good, but not really worth the $12 I spent on it.

moneenerd (December 8, 2006)

Fuck DH was bad before JUDAS....

.... and pretty much everything after.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

i wouldn't call melt banana grind.

people label way too much shit as grind. actually people label too much shit in general.

thekidscaneatabagofdicks (December 8, 2006)

A-F is a dying label. Is anyone with any merit still on it?

BrandonSideleau (December 8, 2006)

I'll go back to my High On Fire thank you very much.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

melt banana is better. go get some NoothGrush.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

so i like the big DH a lot... i bought the prophecy fulfilled and it made me want to stab my ears with an ice pick. i therefore swore off old DH and only listen to Mark of the Judas and later now.

phew for my ears.

crazytoledo (December 8, 2006)

Darkest Hour: Best current metal band from America?

Their upcoming album is gonna be siiiiiiccccccccccccckkkkk.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

Is melt banana not a crazy japanese grind band?

Why are you comparing the two?

Score is for Darkest Hour.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

Hidden hands of a sadist nation is SO fucking good.

But they're no Melt-Banana. Score is for them

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