Darker Half

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Darker Half
OriginSydney, NSW
GenresPower metal, thrash metal
Years active2003 – present
LabelsMassacre
Associated actsKillrazer, Vaticide, Night Legion, Mason, Pänik, Deiformity, Hell Itself
MembersSimon Hamilton, Dom Simpson, Vo Simpson, Daniel Packovski
Past membersJimmy Larder-Brown, Brad Dickson, Benito Martino, Nick Alderton, Max Griffiths, Jim Bridgeman

Band members

  • Current line-up
    • Simon Hamilton (bass)
    • Dom Simpson (drums)
    • Vo Simpson (vocals, guitar)
    • Daniel Packovski (guitar)
  • Former members
    • Jimmy Lardner-Brown (guitar) 2015 - 2017
    • Brad Dickson (guitar) 2009 - 2015 d. 15/4/20
    • Benito Martino (drums) 2005 - 2009
    • Nick Alderton (guitar) 2003 - 2008
    • Max Griffiths (vocals, bass) 2003 - 2005
    • Jim Bridgeman (drums) 2003 - 2005

Band information

Darker Half is a band from Sydney playing melodic power and traditional metal. The band formed around Vo Simpson, Max Griffiths, Nick Alderton and Jim Bridgeman. They quickly began playing live despite being all too young to appear in licensed venues and featured at the first Metalstock festival at Easter 2005. Simon Hamilton and Benito Martino joined the band at the end of 2005 and the group recorded a four-track EP. In 2008 Alderton parted ways with the band and Dom Simpson joined on guitar. The band was announced as the opening act on a tour by UFO, but that tour was cancelled. Duality which was released in early 2009 and supported by a national tour.

The band toured with Paul Di'Anno in June 2009 after which Dom Simpson switched to drums when Martino departed. Brad Dickson joined on guitar and Darker Half went on to support Queensrÿche nationally in August. Darker Half played at Screamfest in Sydney over the New Year and in June 2010 again performed shows with Paul Di'anno. The band's second album Desensitized was released in August 2011 and they toured nationally with Katabasis at most shows. During 2012 the band supported Warbringer and featured on the inaugural Steel Assassins festival with Megahera from Italy and Voyager. 2013 began with an opening slot on a tour by Nightwish and late in the year the band supported Stratovarius. During 2014, Darker Half toured the US following the release of Never Surrender, an album featuring reworkings of tracks from the first two albums. Late in 2014 Darker Half supported Accept with Jimmy Lardner-Brown of Killrazer standing in for Dickson, who was suffering from a medical condition. He was unable to return to the band and passed away on April 15, 2020.

The Simpsons busied themselves with other projects for a couple of years, including Night Legion with former members of Dungeon and Lardner-Brown continued with his other bands. In 2017 Darker Half reconvened with Daniel Packovski of Pänik in place of Lardner-Brown. If Only You Knew was released in early 2018 by Massacre Records. While live appearances were limited during the COVID pandemic, Darker Half announced a tour supporting Geoff Tate in Europe in 2022.

Discography

Albums:

2009 Duality Independent
2011 Desensitised Rock Star
2014 Never Surrender Rock Star
2020 If You Only Knew Massacre

EP:

2006 Enough is Enough Independent
2016 Classified Independent