This morning Darkest Hour released some news that was a long time coming. As most of you who follow the band already know, long time bassist Paul Burnette recently left the group to play in his new project Iron Reagan. For the past few months Darkest Hour has had Aaron Deal (formally of Salome) slappin’ the bass for them in a live setting.
Well it’s now official, Aaron Deal is the new bassist for Darkest Hour. The band released the following statement via Metalsucks –
“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the official departure of long time friend and bassist Paul Burnette. Paul’s presence on the stage, in the jam room, and everywhere in between will be missed. He has helped us to both conquer the world and develop the sound of the band. For that we’ll be eternally grateful.
“Although Paul will continue thrashing to live in the new powerhouse Iron Reagan, his musical footprint will remain with us forever. We love you, dude!
“As many of you who have seen us live know, Aaron Deal (ex-Salome mastermind) has been doing an amazing job filling in these past few tours. He’s rocked Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America with us and it’s safe to say, he’s a true bro. We couldn’t ask for a more badass addition to the dudes. Of all this craziness Aaron states: “As a long-time friend of all the dudes, I think playing with Darkest Hour is a natural fit. I’ve definitely had a blast playing all over the world with them and I can’t wait to take this party to the next level!”
“Come see us live all over Europe during the festival season. Here are the dates. This next beer’s for Paul!”
Man, hopefully this new blood in the band will revitalize their writing process. I’ve been a big D-hour fan for years, but the last few albums have been kinda lacking. Anyway, I am excited to hear what they put out next.
— Josh Huddleston