There are moments when music channels an inner personality you didn’t realize you had. When I get ready for work in the morning, I’m usually playing a pop song to feel my “fabulous” self. When I drive in traffic, I always have Octane on to distract me from the fact that I’m in traffic in the first place. Darkh pulled out my rebellious, goth-rock teenager self. I was sent back to the days that I would sharpie my nails black and ask my mom if I could wear only black clothes.
Hailing from Prague, Czech Republic, Darhk (previously known as “Bitch&Chips”) has arrived in the rock industry with an angry blend of goth-rock and hair metal. Formed in 2009, the band consists of lead singer Touby, guitarist Tom, drummer Andy, and bassist Danny. Their debut album A Story Yet Untold is set to release on September 29th, 2016.
A Story Yet Untold starts with a phantom intro that slowly builds into a heavy drum anthem. It dives in their guitar heavy second track, “F.I.N.E” with a visceral passion. Touby’s voice is an angry gruff filled with drive and zeal, his punctuated scream accentuating the blare of the guitar. “F.I.N.E” is reminiscent of their A.F.I influence and made unique by their own dark twist.
We skip into their third track, “I Wanna Be Free” and begin to hear their hair band influences (LA Guns anyone?) The whining drawl of the guitar rings in the intro, and the blend of multiple voices during the chorus gives the enchanting feel of an older 80’s song.
Up next is Darkh’s first single from the album, “Bury Our Bones.” This song is an attractive blend of current and 80’s style metal. The raging guitar intro gives way to a growling voice from Touby, who releases a hidden scream you didn’t realize he had. The guitar solo reigns your horns up and the hard beat of the drums drops your head into an invigorating head bang.
“Ain’t No Sin,” my personal favorite, is the rally call for the rebellious. The call and response lyrics drag out the fight from within me. The challenge in the bridge “Let’s go to hell, hell, hell” pulls out the boxing gloves. The slight whisper of “It’s now or never” dares me to punch the bag. The stilting guitar becomes the heavy breath between jabs. The heavy screams become the release of the feral beast inside and the abrupt ending leaves the wild feeling insatiable.
Darkh moves that abrupt ending into their heaviest song, “I don’t care,” which features Touby’s scream on full blast. This song rivals for the top position as my favorite song, simply because it is the most heavy song on the album. It’s a song meant to be loud. It’s meant to scare the shit out of the person in the car next to you at the stop light.
A Story Yet Untold has a bit of something for both heavy metalists and hair metalists. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter from this band, their song “Home is Where The Heart Is” is a wistful ballad with a hint of sorrow.
Look for the release of A Story Yet Untold out this week. In the mean time you can check out their Facebook Page and the video to their first single “Bury Our Bones” below