DARKNESS EVERYWHERE: Bay Area Melodic Death Metal Outfit Releases First Official Video; The Seventh Circle Debut Out Now On Creator-Destructor Records

Oakland, California-based melodic death metal trio DARKNESS EVERYWHERE presents their first video, created for their namesake track which is found on their recently released debut EP, The Seventh Circle, out now on Creator-Destructor Records.

DARKNESS EVERYWHERE unites vocalist/guitarist/drummer Ben Murray (Light This City, Wilderness Dream), guitarist Cameron Stucky (Crepuscle), and renowned producer engineer Zack Ohren on bass. The Seventh Circle refers to Dante’s Seventh Layer Of Hell, where acts of violence in life are punished in death. The endless torture inflicted upon human souls for their past sins of hatred is an all-consuming reality in the lyrical themes of the seven songs on the band’s debut EP.

The Seventh Circle was recorded in late 2020 at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, engineered and produced by Zack Ohren, and completed with cover artwork by Samuel Nelson. The EP also features guest vocals from Laura Nichol (Light This City) on “Survival Of The Sun,” by Xavier (Upon Stone) on “The Seventh Circle” and by John Henry (Darkest Hour) on the “The Grand Impact.”

The band’s first video for “Darkness Everywhere” was filmed and directed by Van Labrakis (Nite), Michelle Nisbet, and Marshall Wieczorek, and edited by Alessandro Pulisci of Ugly Owl Films. Ben Murray states, “This video was an absolute blast to make. Thanks to the awesome crew who helped us out! Van, Michelle, and Marshall all did a really great job in their directing, allowing us to capture the unhinged, live energy of this song. We wanted to keep things simple and visually get straight to the point, which I think we accomplished. I always really enjoyed straightforward performance videos that matched the intensity of the band’s riffs/songs, and I think we got that done with this video. We’re also stoked to highlight the first actual ’song’ on the album, which wasn’t one of three singles. We hope you enjoy it!”


The Seventh Circle is now available through Murray’s Creator-Destructor Records on CD and digital, with the vinyl nearing release in April. Find all ordering options at Bandcamp HERE and the label webshop HERE.

Having just begun playing live in recent weeks, DARKNESS EVERYWHERE will take part in Creator-Destructor’s Two Nights Of Terror double-show weekend booked for this Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd at X Bar in Cupertino, California, joining Crepuscle, Spinebreaker, Scalp, Cartilage, Slowbleed, Extinguish, Upon Stone, Doomsday, Mutually Assured Destruction, and Outta Pocket. DARKNESS EVERYWHERE will also be opening for Darkest Hour and Toxic Holocaust in San Francisco on June 30th. Watch for additional live news to post over the months ahead.

4/01/2022 X Bar – Cupertino, CA @ Two Nights Of Terror
6/30/2022 Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA w/ Darkest Hour, Toxic Holocaust

DARKNESS EVERYWHERE formed in late 2020 with the goal of writing songs heavily influenced by the classic mid-1990s Swedish melodic death metal sound. This isn’t the individual members’ first round around the block when it comes to melodic death metal, as Murray is a founding member of Bay Area band Light This City, and Stucky is a member of symphonic melodic metal act, Crepuscle. Ohren recorded and produced all of Light This City’s albums throughout the past twenty years and continues to be one of the leading metal producers in the industry, having worked with Machine Head, All Shall Perish, and many more.

The glory years of early In Flames, At the Gates, and Dark Tranquillity are what largely inform the sound and aesthetic of DARKNESS EVERYWHERE. The core of the band is built on the feel of those legendary records, while offering a refreshing take on the no frills melodic death metal sound akin to the output of modern outfits The Black Dahlia Murder, Darkest Hour, and The Haunted. The band wastes no time in getting to the point of melodic death metal riffing and driving, thrashing tempos.