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The Eternal Return
Darkest Hour – The Eternal Return
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 00:00
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Darkest Hour is back with a new album named after a concept straight out of ancient Egypt. According to Wikipedia, the basic premise is that the universe is limited in extent and contains a finite amount of matter, while time is viewed as being infinite. The universe has no starting or ending state, while the matter comprising it is constantly changing its state. The number of possible changes is finite, and so sooner or later the same state will recur. So does that mean that Darkest Hour made the same album again?

Well yeah, pretty much. Their particular brand of metalcore owes as much to thrash as it does to Swedish melodic death metal and on “The Eternal Return” that’s once again the case. Which isn’t a bad thing really. Darkest Hour has always been at the top of it game and the cuts that made the new album are still as potent as ever. Fast riffage, double bass rhythms and vocalist John Henry’s pissed off vocals put together still make for a spicy combo. As far as I’m concerned, these guys can keep on returning eternally.