Of Darkest Nights is a music project by Chris Weststrate. The project is more known for doing remixes for popular rock bands, but also has created original music .
ODN’s first release came in early 2011 in the form of an EP titled “Creation & Deconstruction,” a release that is collection of a few years of songs remixes for fun that finally received a proper release. A remix of “Ever (Foreign Flag)” was featured on the EP that was part of a “Team Sleep” contest and ultimately was part of the top 30 remixes for the song in the world. The EP contained 2 singles, “Discipline (Falling Reality Mix)” and “Dreamland (Ashes Mix).”
Later that same year, ODN took on a challenge to remix Crosses’ first EP and released in the form of a 5-song EP titled “†his is A Mu†iny.” This release also had 2 singles “†hholyghs† (Sinis†er Mix)” and “Op†ion (Some†hing To Remember Mix).” The EP received very positive reviews from people who dared to give it a listen.
“We Are Satellites” is ODN’s first album, containting remixes of bands like Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, Julien-K and more. Linkin Park’s “Burning In The Skies (Blood Of Innocence Mix)” leads as the album’s first single and was available to download 4 months before the album’s release. It later spawned a 2nd single with “Prurien† (Lus†ful Lascivious Mix)“. On the same day of “We Are Satellites” release, the B-Side album, “Missing Secrets,” was released for 24 hours. The album contained everything from discarded remixes, b-sides for singles, as well as songs created almost 2 decades ago.
ODN later went on to release “Falling To The System,” a 6-song EP that featured Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, Evanescence, and Papa Roach. “Still Swingin (Beacon In The Dark)” was released as the EP’s first single.
Less than year later, “In Triumph And Tragedy” was released, a Linkin Park based remix album. The album combined all Linkin Park remixes made prior, as well as 7 new remixes made specifically for the album. “New Divide (SevenThreeOne Mix)” was available for streaming a couple of months before the album’s release.
In 2014, the 6-song EP, “Until Tomorrow,” was released featuring Linkin Park and Nine Inch Nails once again, along with Korn and Metric. The EP also featured a new ODN song called “The Coldest Mornings,” named in dedication of one of the coldest winters to hit his home state and the feeling of having to rush outside in the earliest mornings.
In same year, “Realities” was released, a Metric based remix EP. The EP features 2 prior remixes, as well as 4 new remixes. 2 song videos were released for promotion of the release with “Gimme Sympathy (All The Unknown Mix)” and new song “Blindess (World At My Feet).”
In 2016, ODN put out “I Am Here To Destroy You,” a title that paid homage to one of his favorite artists, I Will Never Be The Same. Linkin Park once again had their song used as a single but what made this release special was that the other tracks were from artists ODN never had the opportunity to remix.
About 7 months later came “Lights Out,” another B-Side album that came from the course of a few years, as well as some uncovered “gems” from 2003 that were sought after.
It was in mid 2018 where ODN considered retirement and intended to put out a collections album titled “Daylight.” To make the release special, it was intended to have 2 new remixes added. But 2 turned into 3, 3 turned into 4, and so on. Thanks to those closest, ODN decided not retire and put out his next set of releases…
“The Warlock” series is the result of those tracks.. 3 EPs with 3 songs each. All ultimately coming together in April 2021 to with 6 additional tracks. 2 of those songs are ODN originals, something that hasn’t been seen in 6 years.
With “The Warlock Collection” releasing in April 9th, 2021 and another project in the pipeline, retirement is out of the question. Of Darkest Nights is here to stay.