Another Dark Hour is a progressive metal band from the Portland/Vancouver area that was formed in the winter of 2007 by bassist / main vocalist Pooya Entizari, and drummer J.R. Ericksen. They met in 2003 and worked together on several projects. Although they were decent ventures none of them had the right formula or sound and was lacking the potential. Wanting to take it to the next level in 2007 the two of them decided to break away and start fresh in hopes of producing a sound and an image unlike any other band. With a three piece power trio in mind, they began writing heavier more aggressive songs and soon came up with the name Another Dark Hour. They have now been a part of the music scene for 9 years and have achieved a local following that keeps growing. Although they have had some lineup changes with guitar players over the years, in 2015 they found guitarist Shane Barrett and have been hitting the Portland/Vancouver music scene full force ever since.
A massive amount of noise comes from three very creative individuals, each boasting magnetic energy and skilled musicianship. You can hear the combinations of musical styles, sounds and influences in the bands rich dynamics. With a sound that is heavily melodic yet still aggressive, they avoid the obvious comparisons while still keeping a signature sound. Progressive but catchy, the music is infectious and whether you see it live or listen to the studio version they are equally able to capture the magic and the ear of any listener. The catchy lyrics and harmonies orchestrate a unique sound that pushes genre boundaries and is hooky enough that you won’t be able to get it out of your head.
When asked about the future goals of the band drummer Ericksen keeps it simple “Our short term goals would be to keep writing and recording new material and playing the local circuit as much as possible, but not too much. We've noticed that if we play every weekend it's hard to get people out to the shows, we have a much better turn out if we play once a month. Long term goals would be to keep this band going until we tour the world, or get to old to do it anymore, whichever one comes first. For now we are living in the moment and having a good time.”
In terms of an album release “We are in the process of putting together an album consisting of 10 songs. Although we live in the era of the one song single, or the three song E.P. we have a vision to make a full length album that should be ready by spring 2017. We haven't decided on an album title yet...“ When asked about the recording and production process “At this time we are writing and recording in Pooya's studio, he has superb engineering capabilities and does all of the mixing and producing.”
We got a chance to talk about the digital age and how it’s changed the way bands promote themselves
“It's perfect. For years bands relied on word of mouth and would otherwise be just pumping the local scene and kicking down doors to try to find someone to notice them. But in today’s age people from all over the world can hear our tunes because of social media and the internet, 25 years ago that was purely unheard of. Things like Facebook and Reverbnation have helped us out tremendously. We haven't stapled a flier to a telephone poll in years!”
When discussing the local scene in the Pacific Northwest J.R. said “There are a lot of great bands doing killer stuff out here, but there is a lot of carbon copy, cookie cutter bands also that all sound the same. There needs to be more originality coming out of the northwest. I think we have a sound that stands out. “ We also chatted about the bands penchant for aggressive self-promotion, and I asked if the new DIY shift is the way to go for bands in this new era of music. “Back in the day bands would spend hundreds of dollars on a demo package in some top dollar studio, send it out to every record label in the industry, and hope it landed on someone's lap and not in a desk side trash can. It's much easier now days to do everything yourself and have total control!”
While playing the local favorites, they are always writing and recoding new material to keep fans satisfied. ANOTHER DARK HOUR brings together three creative musicians who blend many musical styles of different genres to formulate their sound. You can check them out live near you, or online at Facebook.com/AnotherDarkHour or on their reverb site atwww.reverbnation.com/anotherdarkhour.
By RS11 (Robin X Steeley)