Darker Half is a melodic metal band from Sydney Australia.
Their sound is rooted in traditional metal drawing on only the heaviest, most face-melting forms of steel. Twisted dual guitars and explosive solos are laid 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.
They have released three albums in Australia — Duality (2009), Desensitized (2011) and Never Surrender (2014). In 2016 Never Surrender was released in Europe and was quickly followed by their EP Classified.
They have shared a stage with some of Metal’s finest acts including Queensryche, Edguy, Sonata Arctica, Dark Funeral, Children of Bodum, Nightwish, Accept, Helloween, Stratovarius, Rage and more.
Members of Darker Half have played in the touring bands of Tim Ripper Owens, Paul Di’anno and Blaze Bayley and Singer/Guitarist Vo Simpson worked with Stu Marshall (Death Dealer) on his Empires Of Eden project contributing vocals on two songs and a guest guitar solo. Metal icons that feature on the album include Udo Dirkshneider, Rob Rock, Ronnie Monroe, Sean Peck and Ross the Boss.
Through all this Darker Half have established themselves as one of Australia’s premier metal acts, drawing together multiple influences to create a unique sound all their own. They have performed throughout Australia and New Zealand, have toured the USA and Europe. Wherever they have ventured, they have won new fans and received glowing reviews.
Vo Simpson: Vocals, Guitar
Simon Hamilton: Bass
Dom Simpson: Drums
Jimmy Lardner-Brown: Guitar