Devin Townsend/Darkest Hour
In a recent interview with Strapping Young Lad mastermind Devin Townsend, he spoke about producing the latest Darkest Hour album, ‘Undoing Ruin’.
Devin Townsend: “I think that that record kind of unified all the thoughts that they had put into the previous record without changing their formula. It was like, after hearing three Darkest Hour records this one says that now, from all that learning, we’re gonna shorten songs and still have the metalcore, you know, and the Bay Area shit and the screaming vocals and all that but… the record company and everbody was like, ‘You gotta change it. You gotta make them different than they were.’ And I’m thinking, ‘But that’s what they do! They’ve been doing it for fuckin’ four records,’ right? So I just put ‘em on a click track and I got the singer to put all his consonants in the words as opposed to just ‘Blaaaablaaablaaa,’ so it was ‘BsLAAAATSBLAAAATRS.’ So we just kind of refined it a bit as opposed to changing the whole thing. I think the result of it is a record that, for a style that maybe I’m not totally into, I really like it. So from that point of view it’s a success.”
Darkest Hour’s ‘Undoing Ruin’ is out now.