At first, we were thrown for a loop when Darkest Hour signed with Southern Lord Records. Unlike their last home, Sumerian, Southern Lord is a much more underground label, and the band’s most recent album was the most melodic thing they’d put out. Then “Knife in the Safe Room” was released and it all made sense – it was one of the heaviest things we’d heard from the band in years, and it was obvious that working with Kurt Ballou helped center them and remind them of where they came from. Now they’re back with another one from Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora, and it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest.
“Timeless Numbers” premiered on Loudwire earlier today, and it rips. This is night and day from their last album. Here’s what Mike Schleibaum told them about that track:
“This song, like the first track we released, has a dual meaning,” guitarist Mike Schleibaum tells us. “The first is the continuation of the storyline that permeates the album. In this track we see our main character struggle with the inherit history of the culture he / she was brought up in and the realization that it was always in our nature to divide and consume ourselves.”
Continuing, the axeman says, “In simpler terms, it is a reflection on the drain of modern life and the subsequent division / internal destruction that this life seems to always lead humanity towards. As we travel the world, we have seen how no matter where you are, humans divide themselves. We interact with immigration policies, boarders and barriers that are cultural, economic and political everyday that we are on tour. While traveling the world we have done our best to spread a message of anti-nationalism, unilateral respect for humans of all forms, and lastly the basic idea that music/art is more powerful and more eternal then religion, nation states or even TECHNOLOGY!”