Darkhorse Cleveland, OH, USA
“dark horse: n. A usually little known contender ... that makes an unexpectedly good showing.”
Darkhorse walks the line between metal and rock. As a band we love heavy drop-tuned riffs and bountiful guitar harmonies, but not at the expense of listenability or vocal hooks like the ones we’ve belted into the steering wheel our whole lives. Some of our proudest moments come from playing shows with a handful of death metal bands and seeing them all with their fists up during our ballads - or when we’ve been mixed in with a more indie/punk crowd that stays glued to the stage through songs full of palm-muted triplets, guitar harmonies, and thundering drums.
While they may be cliché to list as influences, many of our biggest heroes like Ozzy Osbourne or Metallica walked that same line. They fit in with some of the heaviest bands of their era, yet still managed to sneak a song onto pop radio from time to time. Some more current influences in that category would be Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, or Five Finger Death Punch.