Darkest Hour has been working on a new album due out later this year. And earlier today, the DC metalcore group announced the addition of drummer Travis Orbin, formerly of Periphery and Sky Eats Airplane.

Guitarist Mike Schleibaum told Revolver the following about the addition of Orbin:

“The chemistry has developed into something special, unique, and new. It’s hard to deny this feeling when you’ve been releasing albums for as long as we have and we couldn’t be more ready to unleash this new sound of ours on your senses.”

Singer John Henry also added:

“This is a very exciting time in the history of the band. Travis is hands down one of the best drummers I have ever seen, and is bringing to the table an incredible and inspiring amount of talent and musical ability. This marks the beginning of a new era for Darkest Hour, one you will have to hear and see to believe!”

Orbin himself shared the following about joining Darkest Hour:

“I’ve been jamming and writing the new record with the guys for over a year. It’s been especially rewarding in that everything was composed in a room together, a wholly organic process that I haven’t experienced in a long while. I’m excited about the tunes, signing on as a full-time member, and can’t wait to hit the road!”

As you may recall, Darkest Hour had Timothy Java from Dead To Fall behind the kit after longtime drummer Ryan Parrish left in December 2011. The group also announced bassist Paul Burnette’s long rumored departure last summer, getting replaced by Aaron Deal. Meanwhile, Orbin joined Periphery in 2005 before getting replaced four years later by Matt Halpern. He then went on to join Sky Eats Airplane before the group went on hiatus. Whether Orbin’s new gig means he has left Sky Eats Airplaine for good, though, is unclear.

In case you’re not convinced Orbin has the chops, check out video of Travis recording drums during his recent Cartoon Theory sessions below.

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