Event

Darkenside

with Illusence, Against the Raging Tide, Southwest Royal
Dante's
350 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR
Sat August 14, 2021
Doors: 7:30 pm / SHOW: 8:00 pm PDT
Ages 21 and Up
$15.00

THE WASHINGTON NATIVE BAND, DARKENSIDE, FORMED IN THE SPRING OF 2014 AND HAVE QUICKLY BUILT A NAME IN THE PORTLAND METAL SCENE. THEIR ROCK HARD RIFFS, SOARING GUITAR HARMONIES, AND POWERFUL, IN-YOUR-FACE LYRICS, HAVE BUILT THEM A STRONG FAN BASE IN A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME. FRONT MAN RON JONES AND ORIGINAL DRUMMER KEN NICHOLS HAVE BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER FOR MANY YEARS AS PART OF LYLAH CRYING BEFORE IT DISBANDED. IN MID MAY 2014, JONES HAD WRITTEN ENOUGH MATERIAL TO START DARKENSIDE AND SHORTLY RECRUITED BASSIST JORDAN LEMIRE AND GUITARIST SAM MILLS.

WITHIN 3 WEEKS, THEY PREPARED FOR THE BAND'S FIRST PERFORMANCE (AND ACHIEVING THE HIGHEST TICKET SELLS OF THE EVENT SAVAGE FEST 3). SHORTLY AFTER, DARKENSIDE PARTICIPATED IN GORILLA MUSIC'S NATIONAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS, PLACED IN THE TOP 3 BANDS ACROSS THE NATION.

THE BAND RELEASED "FROM THE ASHES" IN SUMMER OF 2015. LATER THAT YEAR, DRUMMER KENNETH NICHOLS STEPPED DOWN AND THE BAND PICKED UP DRUMMER MICK KASEMEIER.

THE FOLLOWING YEAR (2016) DARKENSIDE RELEASED "WHERE ANGELS DIE" LP WHICH WAS RECEIVED VERY WELL BY OLD AND NEW FANS ALIKE.

AFTER A WINDOW OF INACTIVITY, THE BAND DECIDED THAT IT WAS TIME TO MAKE SOME LINE UP CHANGES. SAM MILLS AND MICK KASEMEIER LEFT THE BANDS EFFORTS, WHICH CALLED FOR A FULL MAKEOVER TO BOTH THE SOUND AND IMAGE OF THE BAND. SHORTLY AFTER, GUITARISTS BRYCEN HOLMES AND TYLER WRIGHT, FORMERLY OF THE BAND "FOLLOW THE NORTH STAR," JOINED THE RANKS ALONG WITH DRUMMER PASCAL FEHRES. AS THEIR FIRST PROJECT TOGETHER, THE BAND DECIDED TO RELEASE A SINGLE TO SHARE THE NEW SOUND AND IMAGE. THE MUSIC VIDEO "MERCY" (A POP GOES PUNK STYLE SHAWN MENDEZ COVER) WAS RELEASED JULY 10TH 2017 ON YOUTUBE. WITH THIS CAME AN ENTIRELY NEW GROUP OF FANS AND OPPORTUNITIES. FOLLOWING EXTREMELY POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM THE NEW SINGLE, DARKENSIDE DECIDED TO START WORK ON A NEW EP.

"FIRE IN US ALL" WAS RELEASED SEPT. 7TH 2018, ALONG WITH THE NEW MUSIC VIDEO "JUDGE US" SHOT LIVE AT THE HAWTHORNE THEATER. THE BAND IS LOOKING AT BOOKING ITS NEXT TOUR EARLY 2019 ALONG WITH A STEADY FLOW OF CONTENT FOR THE NEW INFLUX OF FANS.

Darkenside
Illusence
Against the Raging Tide
Southwest Royal