Ireland’s DARKEST ERA releases recording update including studio photos, announces title of upcoming Metal Blade debut
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – November 11th, 2010 – DARKEST ERA, the heavy metal band based in Northern Ireland and one of Metal Blade’s newest additions to its artist roster, have recently completed work on their forthcoming album titled The Last Caress of Light and have issued the following update:
“It is with great pleasure that we announce we have finished work on our debut album; to be titled The Last Caress of Light. The album is a work of dark, stormy, epic heavy metal that we are proud to release upon the world. Chris Fielding did a fantastic job in capturing the Celtic atmosphere of our songs while bringing out our heavy metal influences from bands like Warlord. We are very excited about it” comments vocalist Krum. Guitarist Sarah Wieghell adds; “It has been an incredible experience recording our debut album for Metal Blade, the songs came out better than even we were expecting. I think we’ve made a really strong record to be proud of, I can’t wait for people to hear it!” In the coming weeks, Metal Blade Records will release more info on DARKEST ERA’s debut release The Last Caress of Light, including street date, track listing, cover art, and song premiers.
“As evident from the likes of ‘Visions of the Dawn’, the group have hit upon a very traditional Metal sound that suits them, and deserve to be commended for it…They’re undoubtedly one of the most promising young bands in the country if you’re a metal maniac in the most traditional sense of the words.” MetalIreland.com
“Darkest Era isn’t folk in the traditional sense of folk metal… Darkest Era instead go down a more straightforward route and blend elements of doom and folk into a classic heavy metal fold… complete with galloping rhythms, powerful clean vocals, and epic chord progressions… Fans of Primordial and those who like their metal epic need to hear this band.” SputnikMusic.com
“Some great pounding and powerful Epic Metal with some Power Metal references enforced by killer guitars and crystal clear vocals… There is a dark touch spread in all the compositions something that in my opinion is with no doubt the ‘key point’ in the music of this band. Straight in your face and memorable pounding riffing, brilliant lead themes and a skull crushing rhythm section are some more good pieces of their musical puzzle… do not miss this band… TO BATTLE!” Metal-Invader.com
About Darkest Era:
The band formed under the name “Nemesis” in mid 2005. They wrote their first song, “Battle of Cul Dreimne” at their first full practice. The song had an unintentional Celtic leaning which was to permeate the band’s writing from then on. Originally taking influence from early Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Irish folk music, their self titled demo Nemesis was released in mid 2006. A collection of raw, energetic and twin guitar driven songs, it began to bring the band to the attention of the European true metal underground.
In April 2007, the band decided to change their name to Darkest Era; due mainly to the increasing number of bands using the Nemesis moniker, and also to reflect the changing direction of songwriting. Influences from Doom, Black, and Pagan Metal crept their way into the band and songs became darker with a more epic leaning.
In winter 2007, the band entered the studio to record their 4 song debut EP The Journey Through Damnation. In February 2008, a deal was signed with German label Eyes Like Snow, who produced a run of the EP and distributed it worldwide. The subsequent year saw the band step onto the international stage with hugely successful appearances at a number of European festivals including Fist Held High in Germany, Up the Hammers in Greece and Made in Hell in Italy.
In March 2010, the band announced a limited edition self released digi-pack entitled The Oaks Sessions Containing 3 songs, it once again ignited the interest of the European underground with many new fans from Australia and North America racing to snap up a copy.
With a now Europe wide reputation for their intense, ferocious and engaging live performances, and an original sound which draws fans from the Pagan, Folk and True metal genres, Darkest Era stand ready to bring their epic, Celtic metal to the world stage.