DARKSOUND was born 12 years ago in Badajoz, mixing different musical genres as stoner and progressive metal of bands such as Kyuss or Tool with the Alternative Rock of the 90's such as Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, with big influences of the Old and New Metal: from Anthrax to Deftones also Pantera and Machine Head.
The band started as a power trio but, after they published their first EP; Pedro Wichard and Javi Caldito joined the band as vocalist and guitarist. Togehter with Jesús del Castillo, drummer, David López Mahony, bassist, and Ricardo Larios, guitar and voices. They begin their musical career playing throughout Spain, recording 2 LPs awarded with the best reviews of the Musical Press. They represented Spain in London in the Global Battle of Bands in 2008.
In 2001 they recorded Midnight Sun Ep at Cube Studios in Madrid, with Alberto Seara
as sound engineer and producer; and Carlos Escobedo (Sôber frontman) featuring one track.
In 2003 they recorded at Cube Studios their first LP, Irresponsible Optimism. Published by the Independent Record Label Lengua Armada, this LP is called by the Musical Press as the best national rock-metal debut of the last 20 years, appearing in numerous magazines. Darksound began their first national tour together with Sou Edipo and Elektra (El Relevo Tour) in different venues of Spain, such as El Sol in Madrid or KGB in Barcelona.
Besides that, this record discovers, Pedro Wichard as one of the most versatile singers, charismatic, powerful and melodic of the national scene.
“Their singer is simply awesome” Kerrang no 172
The second LP of the band, No Return Road was, for the national press, in the national hope of the Spanish Metal abroad. Recorded and mixed in 2006 at Cube Studios, with Alberto Seara as a sound engineer and producer together with Ricardo Larios and mastered by Jay Franco (Beastie Boys, Coldplay) at Sterling Sound Studios in New York; No Return Road has a refined and powerful sound not very usual in Spain, this together with the Pedro Wichard vocals, makes that sometimes this band is believed to be an american band. This LP was published in 2007 by Lengua Armada.
With excellent reviews DARKSOUND played throughout Spain in different venues and festivals such asViña Rock Express 2006 or Del Oeste 2009 (with 50.000 people attending). They achieved the Final of the Villa de Bilbao/BilboRock Contest and other contests. In the summertime of 2008 they launched a videoclip of their track “Hong Kong Holidays”, that has a huge success in the Puro Cuatro TV Contest.
In 2008, DARKSOUND was selected to travel to London for representing Spain in the
Global Battle of Bands 2008 Final, playing with 35 countries all over the world at Scala Venue in London. This event brings DARKSOUND to the national magazines such as Público and Grupo Correo with several interviews and reviews. Besides that, RNE in UK covered those days with the band in London.
“One of the most important and exportable bands of our country” RockZone No 32
At the end of 2009 DARKSOUND decided to have a rest for 14 months. In the mid of 2011 they started to work and compose new songs.
In Julio de 2012 DARKSOUND come back to the Cube Studios in order to record two new songs that will be published as singles and will be the advance of their forthcoming third album.
At the beginning of August 2012, is the world premiere of “Dust & Bones”, the first of the new singles of DARKSOUND's return to the musical scene. It recieves quickly an awesome reception at national and international levels in the social networks.
(Check it at: https://soundcloud.com/darksoundtheband/dust-bones).
In January, 11st, 2013 the second single is: “Step Down”. Both songs are self-published by DARKSOUND and they are available only digital format in the main plattforms: iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, CD Baby, Lastfm, Rapshody, etc.
(Check it at: http://soundcloud.com/darksoundtheband/darksound-step-down-new-tune).
Compilations where Darksound take part
CD “El Relevo Vol. 1” published by Lengua Armada. 2003. Track 05. “Five Bucks”
CD Tribute to Motörhead “Morir con las botas puestas” published by El Diablo / Lengua Armada.
2004. Track 15. “Born To Raise Hell”.
CD “Lo Mejor de El Diablo” 2003.
Sampler CD n.68 of Rocksound. Track 13. “Five Bucks”
First position at ProMúsica Badajoz 2001.
First position at Zagal Rock Badajoz 2001.
Finalist Certamen Villa de San Adrián 2004.
ViñaRock Express 2006 Finalist.
XIX European Contest “Villa de Bilbao” 2007, Finalist.
World Finalist in the Global Battle Of Bands in 2008, held in the SCALA London (UK).