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Darker Half
Darker Half

Genre: Thrash / Power Metal

Based in: Sydney, NSW

Steve 'Vo' Simpson - Vocals
Jimmy Lardner-Brown - Guitar
Simon Hamilton - Bass
Dominic Simpson - Drums

Years active:

Never Surrender (2014)
Desensitized (2011)
Duality (2009)
Promo Demo (2008)
Enough Is Enough EP (2006)
Rush Demo (2003)

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Darker Half


Darker Half is a melodic metal band from Sydney Australia. Darker Half's sound is rooted in traditional metal while drawing on many other influences both metal and otherwise to create a unique, energetic and heavy sound. Twisted dual guitars and explosive solos riff across a rock solid yet inventive rhythm section, topped off by a vocalist whose range can match any of rock's greats, making this a band who can really set themselves apart.

Darker Half released their debut album 'Duality' in 2009 and after national tours supporting Paul Di'anno (ex-Iron Maiden) and US metal legends Queensryche, regional/interstate headlining tours and an appearance at Screamfest 2009/10 at the Enmore Theatre along with Edguy, Sonata Arctica, Dark Funeral and more, established themselves as one of Australia's top metal acts. Darker Half continued to tour relentlessly in 2010, after hooking up once again with Paul Di'Anno on his return tour later that year, the band went into Defwolf Studios in January 2011 to record their second album 'Desensitized' and signed Australian deals with Rockstar Records and MGM Distribution for the release. The band then embarked on an Australian tour in support of the new album which saw them return to interstate capital and regional centres multiple times and score support spots with Alestorm and Children of Bodom to rave reviews.

Darker Half features Vo Simpson (Vocals/Guitar), Simon Hamilton (Bass/Backing Vocals), Dominic Simpson (Drums/Backing Vocals) and Brad Dickson (Guitar). The band was formed by Vo Simpson while still in high school, After some line-up shuffling, the band recorded an EP in 2006 and toured regionally and interstate building a following, In 2008, Darker Half recorded their debut album "Duality" but unfortunately parted ways with their guitar player (Nick Alderton) just before the recording began.

Vo's brother Dominic was brought in as guitarist and the band got back to work. After a successful year of touring on the album, which included headline shows around the country as well as the bands' first international support - touring with ex-Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno. The band unfortunately lost another member in drummer Benito Martino, Dom, whose first instrument is drums, took over drumming duties, and the band brought in Brad Dickson as guitarist. Darker Half continues to tour Australia to ever rising crowds and have their sights set overseas.


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Never Surrender 2014

Never Surrender

In May of this year, I went to Oz, ostensibly to learn about the Aussie metal movement, and get an education in same. To that end, I attended the Stormrider Music Festival in Perth at the Civic ... read


Claim The Throne (WA) & DARKER HALF (NSW): East Coast Easter Carvery April 13 - 15
Feb 17, 2017

Claim The Throne (WA) & DARKER HALF (NSW): East Coast Easter Carvery April 13 - 15

Ripping apart folk metal with a merciless assault, Perth's CLAIM THE THRONE return to the road this Easter to carve up 3 ferocious shows for fans of melodies and brutality alike. With the ... read

DARKER HALF: To support Rage on their "The Devil TOURS Again"
Aug 15, 2016

DARKER HALF: To support Rage on their "The Devil TOURS Again"

The German heavy metal trio RAGE just announced more dates for their "The Devil TOURS Again"-tour where they will join forces with several fantastic support acts: "Rageheads: Here's the official ... read

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Oct 16, 2015 Metro Theatre in Sydney, NSW
It's six o clock on a Friday evening, and I'm out the front of the Metro theatre in the Sydney CBD, having a chat with local legend Mick Bourke about touring bands. It's an hour or two ... read

Stormrider Heavy Metal Festival

May 24, 2014 Civic Hotel in Perth, WA
Wow, finally! It's been so many months we have been looking forward to this festival! The flights had been booked for over half a year and there was a keen exchange with our Perth contacts. And ... read

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