Darkest Hour – “In The Name Of All Of Us” Track Review
20 years in the game and Darkest Hour are still, somewhat miraculously, gathering pace. Taken from the hit and miss, but mostly hit, album Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora, “In The Name Of All Of Us” is a full frontal assault. Sure the metalcore vets might lull us into a false sense of security with some scuzzy feedback, but if you let your guard down, for even a second, you risk being fly kicked in the cranium.
“I don’t feel anything at all” is the scabies slathering cry that lets slip the dogs of war (and some surprisingly pretty harmonics). This, my friends, is a pit starter and a life ender: a blast of exhilarating speed underwritten by the kind of coldblooded hooks that too many metalcore bands lose sight of in search of bluster and oblivion. In fact, Darkest Hour never fail to grasp the bigger picture. Their brutality is interlaced with fearsome precision, incredible virtuosity and hoarse melodies. The result is both an exhilarating sense of momentum masquerading as musicality, but also elegant artistry and thoughtful composition disguised as pure barbarism. Sure it’s a contradiction, but a beautiful one.
By the time the whirlwind speed (imperceptibly) gives way to a rich groove and the nilhistic endnote (“you wasted your life!”) is ringing out, there’s a fair chance your body will be bruised and battered, but – and this is crucial – you’ll be desperate to experience it all over again in an effort to uncover the method lurking behind the madness of Darkest Hour’s wild barrage of blows.