PRO-PAIN Mainman's DARKHAUS Signs Worldwide Deal With SPV

March 20, 2013

DARKHAUS, the intercontinental modern rock outfit consisting of five men from four representative countries (Scotland, USA, Germany, Austria),has inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV. The band's debut album will be released in the fall 2013 via Oblivion/Steamhammer.

DARKHAUS maestro Rupert Keplinger is a multi-platinum songwriter/composer who is best known for his collaborations with top-selling artists EISBRECHER, STEPHAN WEIDNER, OOMPH!, Peter Maffay and others.

DARKHAUS co-creator Gary Meskil — who is also the founder of legendary U.S. hardcore/metal band PRO-PAIN — describes the group's sound as "stylistically versatile, dark and emotional, but with much light to be found at the end of the proverbial tunnel."

The five architects of DARKHAUS combine their best efforts to present an ambitious and diverse plethora of songs which combine the urgency of true rock 'n' roll, the epic moments which define great acts, and those "catchy hooks and melodies" like those which have been delivered straight to your ears via radio stations around the world throughout modern time.

DARKHAUS is designed for fans of emotionally inspired songwriting which has the power to move one's body, mind, and soul.

Says Meskil: "I've always wanted to make music like this some day which is totally different from what I'm usually known for. Aside from punk and hardcore, I grew up with bands like THE CURE, SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES, BAUHAUS and DEPECHE MODE — and those left a mark on me. With DARKHAUS, I can finally make it happen!"

Adds SPV A&R Gero Herrde: "Not only has every single member of DARKHAUS already proven their musical capabilities and skills — it's the mixture of characters combined with the ambition to produce music that is totally opposed to what they did earlier. Oblivion/Steamhammer (SPV) is the perfect home for this. We're glad to be able to work this."


Kenny Hanlon - Vocals
Rupert Keplinger - Guitar, Synth
Marshall Stephens - Guitar
Gary Meskil - Bass
Paul Keller - Drums

Pictured below (from left to right): Marshall Stephens, Gero Herrde (A&R, SPV GmbH),Kenny Hanlon, Rupert Keplinger, Gary Meskil, Paul Keller

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