Album Review: Darkhaus – Providence

There is something new of „Darkhaus„! Once in November 2013 the great debut „My Only Shelter“ is published, the album has the 27. March, an EP called „Providence“ get set aside. Harder than on the debut it is beside the point, punchy riffs determine the basic tone. While „My Only Shelter“ originated in sunny Florida and one of the disc „Summer“ remarked, is „Providence“ originated to a large part in Germany. Rough, original, Harter!

Album Review: Darkhaus – Providence

EPs are indeed always such a thing. One finds on the one only a few titles or even remix versions, others are bulging and are therefore in album length. Sometimes they serve as an appetizer for Coming, sometimes as a stopgap between past and new albums, especially published for commercial reasons. None of this applies to „Providence“ to! „Darkhaus“ toured recently sufficiently numerous towns and villages, despite the tour everyday and -stresses found it time, to compose new songs. Since the band their fans but not wanted to wait for enough material for a full work, be summarily six titles already presented as EP. And although the Rundling of „Darkhaus“ strikes maybe not by quantity, yet by quality, to that of their debut „My Only Shelter“ (show my dominions Review) in no way inferior, but for a bit rougher going gets. The Songs of „Providence“ move in an intersection of New Wave-gothic-Electrical Sound, Groovin Metal, Hardcore und Nu-Metal, So a quite interesting mix. Already the first song makes this impression of their Music more than clear and showing the fans and potential newcomers, where the rubber meets the road.


Although the shekel only contains four new songs, for but also a live recording from Cologne and an acoustic version. „Drive“ live in Cologne also convinces the listener at home, as intoxicating are Dark House on stage. „Life Worth Living“ in acoustic version, however, seems a bit too soft for Kenny's expressive vocals, the rock version Personally I like better. The four new tracks have it, As the songs on „My Only Shelter“ neat in itself. When the first notes of „The Fire Within“ one feels momentarily, whether the heavy riffs, recalls icebreaker. But no, then there are also Pro-Pain: Gary Meskil has raged seemingly tidy at latest work. But as soon as Kenny uses distinctive voice, it sounds 100% by Dark House! With fascinating lightness it gives the hard riffs harmonious robe, gives the song melody and depth. The polyphonic „Fire“-Calls in between give the song a pinch more power. „Side Effect Of Love“ is the latest single, the same similar punchy starts. This reflects the masterful Arrangement, which is the force to self. In a moment punchy therefore Coming, like being transported by a very skilful tempo changes almost in a ballad next. the Video the piece was filmed at night in LA.

Darkhaus - Side Effect Of Love (Official Video)

The namesake „Providence“ begins with a recorded voice scratchy intro and continues no less rocky. Here, the guys, that does not rule out heavy riffs and softer sounds, but one can be together. The chorus for example is comparatively quiet, but no less powerfully. After a few Hördurchläufen then crystallized from the cool chorus even a real catchy tune out and live is likely the title turn right! Finally, close the four new songs with the ballad „Throwing Away“ from. Here nothing more reminds of heavy riffs. For soulful piano sounds and an acoustic guitar to Kenny's voice unfolds again quite different. After the intro, the song is indeed continuing legal poppy, but the Dark House stamp is unmistakable. A sensitive melody invites you to dream, winds in the Hörgängen and there leaves a wonderful aftertaste.


The live version of „Drive“ has significantly more power and bite than the songs on the album. Especially the correct sawing guitars give the alternative-heavy title the right Pep. The song was performed at a Live-Concert recorded in Cologne and gives a glimpse of the live qualities of Formation. Where other singers often unconvincing live Knowledge, shows up at Kenny the consistency down to the smallest facets. Every musician is here, that he is a professional and knows his instrument. Last but not least you get to enjoy the original version of „Life Worth Living“, the opener of the debut album, who lives by the song of Kenny Hanlon. The development of the soft ballad rock song of the album is very nice comprehensible. Here you can hear well, that the guys can grow a rough diamond into a wonderful piece of music, without the original Spirit to destroy.


The decision with the data written to the Tour new titles in the form of the EP „Providence“ equal to go public, instead they pick up for the next album, is fully on. One can hear the energy and spirit of the tour on the pieces originated from the songs correctly and also something kernigere production will contribute to a, Titles impose a distinctive stamp. The German weather conditions have here apparently, next to the Tour(He)life reflected found. „Darkhaus“ show with this album, still have quite that EPs justified. With „My Only Shelter“ put them 2013 the newcomer yardstick already neatly far upwards and with „Providence“ Insert again properly after. The effort and the passion can be heard in every song and that makes this band incredibly likable and listenable! Dark House remains an exceptional constellation. Dieses interkontinentale Konglomerat um Songwriter Rupert Keplinger, der u.a. mit Eisbrecher, Peter Maffay, Laith Al Deen repeatedly ends up at the front of the charts, is Gary Meskil - the NYHC veteran of Pro-Pain and the charismatic voice of Scots Ken Hanlon and Marshall Stephens (also Pro-Pain) and Paul Keller completed. Since one must be on the second album more than excited, can be heard especially since rumors, that it could occur in Florida again. Until then, the time can be entertaining with „Providence“ expel. The EP is with its six songs though much too quickly at the end, the successful tracks load but for a prompt return Listen and stay long interesting. „Darkhaus“ is a band, every time worth anew.

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  1. The Fire Within
  2. Side Effect Of Love
  3. Providence
  4. Throwing Away
  5. Drive (Live In Cologne)
  6. Life Worth Living (Acoustic Version)

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Album Review: Darkhaus – My Only Shelter

A new band presents itself with the album „My Only Shelter“ before. They call themselves „Darkhaus„, music to fifth and provide timeless modern rock from, provided partly with electronic additions. So a lot of electronics in the blood could have been at Gary Meskil, founder of the US hardcore band „Pro-Pain„, not suspected. With „Darkhaus“ enriches the bass player in the synth-rock of. Rupert Keplinger is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, comes from Hamburg, playing bass at „Icebreaker“ and has contributed to various publications, darunter bei Peter Maffays Tabaluga, has worked with Stephan Weidner together or worked in the last „Oomph“-Album. The vocals accepts in „Darkhaus“ the previously unknown singer from Scotland Kenny Hanton. The formation creates the musical, what many try, but not manage: an interesting tension between very electronic sounds and heavy guitars.

Darkhaus - My Only Shelter

Overall, an international quintet has come together, that from the USA, Scotland, Germany and Austria comes and so different their origin, so differentiated is also the Music. An ocean can separate or connect – in the case of „Darkhaus“ The latter clearly. Although located between the band members actually a whole lot of water, but it is this ocean of ideas, creativity and Love the new frontier, of all interconnects. „Darkhaus“ Although we have recently, but now timeless, so clear in her will, overcome genre boundaries, that they have thus already created a unique drawer. Together, they ensure, that „Darkhaus“ simple is everything: In a moment the steam engine with a feeling for the radio-friendly tunes, the next moment the Kitt, holding a fragile structure of song with lots of feeling together. and then, a tiny moment later, the high speed rotating disco ball, filling the dance floors with a mighty Groove. The style as synth-rock is me personally but something to poplastig, but even after multiple Listen is no boredom.


The total 16 (!) to be heard Title shine not only by mass, but above all through class and the last to the sound. Each track pulls the listener immediately, remains then for a long time in the ear and fascinated by beautiful melodies and craftsmanship. Kenny Hantons voice reminds initially something Hardrockbands, but very soon becomes clear, the palette is much richer. Musically leaves Dark House difficult to classify. Rock, Dark Wave and sometimes some of the bonds are at Metal recognizable. In short, Here the listener is a very successful mix presents. The opener „Life Worth Living“ increases with darker Electronik a, however, shows at once, where the musical journey. Track 2 „Grace Divine“ joins seamlessly to the predecessor and also provides the voice of Kenny's pure joy of song. „Ghost“ is the third number on the album, and some calmer held. The song was already on 23. October released as single release and since then to admire as the official video clip. In the Video makes music the band prior to the idyllic setting in the garden of an American country house and the clip is about the heavy loss of a loved one. will Minted „Ghost“ through an emotional and powerful interpretation in Kenny's voice.

Darkhaus - Ghost (Official Video)

Powerful with many extended riffs is what „Break Down The Walls“ more. It's rock music, simply goes into the blood, but also convinces with soloistic elements. The following Track „our time“ proves very dynamic, of quiet places to a catchy chorus powerfully mediated. Open Tender electric tones „Don’t Close Your Eyes“. Very quickly predominates but the powerful chorus and catchy rhythm even with this song. Partial something ballad Seeming, but also very varied, sounds „Breaking The Silence“. Here impressed the always again versatile voice of Kenny Halan. Romance and driving guitars, combines both the song „Hour Of Need“. A song with a catchy tune and under the skin Chorus, moves the mind and soul. Catchy hooks and melodies run through the entire album. Simple, but appropriate and understandable texts provide for the recognition. By his own admission perfect for fans of emotionally stimulating songwriting a la „him“, „Depeche Mode“ and „Rammstein“. I agree, but only partially, as the band and the album distinguishes a certain uniqueness.


The Ballad „Apostle“ ensures a musical point of rest on the album. No song is like the other, in each song there is something new to discover music. So also the most suitable for disco „Son Of A Gun“ or „Drive“, a song, combines heavy riffs with a very melodic vocal part. „Angelina“ proves ultimately, Dark house that are perfectly located right in the dark music scene. It is a dark rock song, the expected visitors for the upcoming Subway-to-Sally concerts inspire. „Darkhaus“ Support will be the tour of the headlining band around frontman Eric Fish next spring. Eisbrecher-Mitbegründer Jochen ‚Noel Pix‘ Seibert has the song „Breaking The Silence“ the fingers in the game and missed this the „Eisbrecher Club Cut“, in which the electronic side is strongly emphasized and harsh urging the beats to dance. Breaks and twists on the border to Dub Step round off the resulting version of the title. As an addition to Kinky has the opener „Life Worth Living“ accepted and created from a dark-dance version. Genre Across the five team operated on elements, make the true from conventional titles earwigs, which are partly both suitable for clubs as well as present-classic potential.


The new and simultaneous debut album „My Only Shelter“ impresses with catchy melodies and a bunch of rocking guitars. The Groove runs like a red thread through the album. For variety, the above-mentioned style mixtures care, but also the various moods, generated. Time the songs have an emotional impact, then again epic or snotty and ballad-like moments „Apostle“ not missing. The different speeds of the compositions also contribute, that „My Only Shelter“ entertaining comes across. Only missing the moments of surprise and a touch more originality would „Darkhaus“ good to face. but is worth mentioning at this point the fun factor of this disc, is able to outweigh the downside quite. Dark House is not some new band in the ever-growing music market. They stand out with a lot of creativity from the average and the mix of rock, Melancholy, Dynamic and irrepressible- and the joy of song can „My Only Shelter“ be on a recommendation for friends well-made rock music and the genre across.


  1. Life Worth Living
  2. Grace Divine
  3. Ghost
  4. Break Down The Walls
  5. our time
  6. Don’t Close Your Eyes
  7. Breaking The Silence
  8. Hour Of Need
  9. Looks Like Rain
  10. Apostle
  11. Son Of A Gun
  12. Drive
  13. Angelina
  14. Hurts Like Hell
  15. Breaking The Silence (Eisbrecher”Club Cut”) By Noel Pix
  16. Life Worth Living (Kinky J-Mix) By Kinky J
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