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23 Apr

Travis Orbin Officially Joins Darkest Hour

Pearl artist and drumming extraordinaire, Travis Orbin, has made the official announcement that he will be taking over the drumming responsibilities for the melodic-death metal veterans Darkest Hour!  Travis Orbin, who has been writing and helping with the pre-production phase of Darkest Hour’s upcoming album for the past year, brings his unique perspective and talents to the table as a seasoned touring musician and as a noted session drummer.  With a background that includes bands such as Periphery and Sky Eats Airplane, Travis Orbin is certainly no stranger to the melodic/technical metal genre, relying on his seemingly endless supply of rudiments, fills, and rock solid playing to pull off the most technical of fills.  In regards to joining Darkest Hour, Travis explains:

“I’ve been jamming and writing the new record with the guys for over a year. It’s been especially rewarding in that everything was composed in a room together, a wholly organic process that I haven’t experienced in a long while. I’m excited about the tunes, signing on as a full-time member, and can’t wait to hit the road!”

Singer John Henry adds:
“This is a very exciting time in the history of the band. Travis is hands down one of the best drummers I have ever seen, and is bringing to the table an incredible and inspiring amount of talent and musical ability. This marks the beginning of a new era for Darkest Hour, one you will have to hear and see to believe!”

Travis has joined the band in the writing process for their much-anticipated eighth studio full-length noting positive, natural progression and renewed energy. Darkest Hour’s new album is slated for a late 2013 release.  Throughout the process, and on Darkest Hour’s upcoming tours, Travis turns to the open, balanced, and warm tones of his Reference Pure drums- the thin-shelled version of Pearl’s award winning and innovative Reference Series drums.  Travis’ specs are as follow:

Reference Pure
Natural Maple (102)

20x18 bass drum
12x9 tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5- Reference Brass snare drum

Travis Orbin and Darkest Hour are currently gearing up to record and release their 8th studio album, which is scheduled to hit the shelves later this year.  For more information on the band, please be sure to visit their official website,  The latest on Travis Orbin can be found on his official website,  Also be sure to check out the video below of Travis’ recording session with The Gabriel Construct, tracking the songs "Retreat Underground" and "Subway Dwellers".