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On September 30th, 2016 Intercontinental Modern / Dark Rock outfit DARKHAUS released their much-anticipated sophomore full length album WHEN SPARKS IGNITE via SPV Records GmbH.
The album features 12 new ear -catching tracks of edgy guitars, atmospheric textures, and the unmistakable hooks and passionate melodies which the band has become internationally recognized for.
“Artistically speaking, we instinctively continued where we left off with our last release, PROVIDENCE. So with this new album, we further embellish on our own unique brand of emotionally captivating dark-stained modern rock”, states bassist / lyricist Gary Meskil (also leader of the legendary hardcore group PRO-PAIN).
Like their debut album MY ONLY SHELTER, all of the new songs were written in Florida, where the group finds the right amount of solitude to creatively flourish. This process is especially important to producer / lead guitarist Rupert Keplinger (a multi Gold/Platinum Artist & Songwriter who’s work with chart topping artists such as Eisbrecher, Peter Maffay, Laith Al-Deen, Oomph! and others is well documented).
“Each band and or artist I work with has their own recipe for success, and in my opinion, DARKHAUS has found just the right combination of ingredients” claims Rupert.
“Everything is covered, from loud, fast rock-tracks to piano ballads – yet today we are more direct and more intense, sometimes even calmer and more mature. Probably even bolder”, adds lead singer / frontman Ken Hanlon, who not long ago strummed his acoustic guitar in the pubs of his Scottish homeland yet is quickly becoming the new, great voice of dark rock.

After playing a multitude of high profile shows over the last 2 years (with notable acts such as Subway To Sally, Eisbrecher, Lord of the Lost, Letzte Instanz, etc.) and having gained a sworn and loyal community of fans at important scene-specific events (M’era Luna, Amphi, WGT, Castlerock and more), the band embarked on a headlining tour of Europe in support of their new release WHEN SPARKS IGNITE, an intoxicating chain reaction of sonic emotion which is sure to spread quickly and globally!

Although DARKHAUS disbanded in 2017, mastermind and producer Rupert Keplinger is already working on the next chapter and founded the band ANTITYPE.
“If you like Darkhaus, you will like what’s coming next, it has the vibe that we know and love. The spirit lives on!”

Ken Hanlon – Lead Vocals
Rupert Keplinger – Lead Guitar
Marshall Stephens – Guitar / Vocals
Gary Meskil – Bass / Vocals
Paul Keller – Drums


20.11.2013 Deinze (BE), Muziekcafé Elpee – Pre-Release-Party

21.11.2013 Cologne, Underground
22.11.2013 Bochum, Matrix
23.11.2013 Hamburg, Logo

29.12.2013 Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle

03.04.2014 Hamburg, Docks
04.04.2014 Magdeburg, Altes Theater
05.04.2014 Leipzig, Werk 2
10.04.2014 Frankfurt, Batschkapp
11.04 2014 München, Muffathalle
12.04.2014 Wien, Arena
24.04.2014 Berlin, Huxleys
25.04.2014 Hannover, Capitol
26.04.2014 Rostock, Moya
27.04.2014 Osnabrück, Halle Gartlage
29.04.2014 Köln, E-Werk
30.04.2014 Würzburg, Posthalle
02.05.2014 Losheim am See, Hexentanz Festival
03.05.2014 Erfurt, Stadtgarten

07.08.2014 Munich, Backstage, Free&Easy (+Schöngeist / Vlad In Tears)
08.08.2014 Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal (+Eisbrecher)
10.08.2014 M’era Luna Festival

05.11.2014 KÖLN – Underground
06.11.2014 BOCHUM – Matrix
07.11.2014 HAMBURG – Markthalle
08.11.2014 HANNOVER – Musikzentrum
13.11.2014 FRANKFURT – Batschkapp
14.11.2014 CH-ZÜRICH – Komplex
16.11.2014 OBERHAUSEN – Kulttempel (Headliner Show)
20.11.2014 NÜRNBERG – Hirsch
22.11.2014 BERLIN – Kesselhaus
27.11.2014 AT-WIEN – Szene
28.11.2014 KARLSRUHE – Substage

15.04.2015 FRANKFURT – Nachtleben
16.04.2015 MÜNCHEN – Backstage
17.04.2015 BOCHUM – Matrix
18.04.2015 HAMBURG – Logo

25.07.2015 MusicMeetsMovie – Haren (Ems), Emsland-Dom
26.07.2015 AMPHI FESTIVAL – Köln, Lanxess Eventpark
06.09.2015 NCN Nocturnal Culture Night, Kulturpark Deutzen bei Leipzig

17.09.2015 WUPPERTAL – LCB
18.09.2015 KARLSRUHE – Substage
19.09.2015 KAISERSLAUTERN – Kammgarn
20.09.2015 NÜRNBERG – Hirsch
24.09.2015 AUGSBURG – Spectrum
25.09.2015 FREISING – Lindenkeller
01.10.2015 ROSTOCK – Mau
02.10.2015 POTSDAM – Waschhaus
03.10.2015 ERFURT – HSD
08.10.2015 STUTTGART – Das Cann
09.10.2015 DRESDEN – Tante Ju
10.10.2015 KIEL – Orange Club
03.12.2015 MAGDEBURG – Factory
04.12.2015 HANNOVER – Musikzentrum
05.12.2015 GIESSEN – Jokus

15.05.2016 Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Leipzig
02.07.2016 Castle Rock Festival, Mülheim a. d. Ruhr
05.08.2016 Rock On! Music Festival, Gossau (CH)

“When Sparks Ignite” Tour 2016
+ special guest: HELL BOULEVARD
12.10.16 München, Backstage Club
13.10.16 Frankfurt, Nachtleben
14.10.16 Gent (BE), Partymakers
15.10.16 Köln, MTC
16.10.16 Leipzig, Moritzbastei
19.10.16 Hannover, Lux
20.10.16 Berlin, Maze
21.10.16 Hamburg, Logo
22.10.16 Stuttgart, ClubCann
23.10.16 Oberhausen, Kulttempel

“When Sparks Ignite” UK-Dates 2016
09.11.16 LONDON, O2 Islington Academy 2
10.11.16 BRISTOL, Exchange
11.11.16 CARDIFF, Fuel Rock Club
12.11.16 CHELTENHAM, 2 Pigs
13.11.16 EDINBURGH, La Belle Angele
14.11.16 DONCASTER, Diamond Live Lounge
15.11.16 BIRMINGHAM, The Flapper

30.06.2017 Castle Rock Festival, Mülheim a. d. Ruhr, Germany
13.08.2017 Mera Luna Festival, Hildesheim, Germany