The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets is a rock band from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Their music largely consists of often tongue-in-cheek homages to the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, specifically the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, with the band's name itself being drawn from a phrase in Lovecraft's story "The Tomb": "I will tell only of the lone tomb in the darkest of the hillside thickets."

Their live performances include various costumes, usually Cthulhu Mythos-themed. They have toured across North America a few times over their career, performing with such bands as Music/{{GWAR}}, Music/TheyMightBeGiants, Dayglo Abortions, MC Frontalot, Freezepop, Bad Brains and Nomeansno.

In 2008 as part of a ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' download pack, their song titled "Shhh...." was chosen for inclusion as a downloadable track for the video game Rock Band.

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets' song "Blackout" was nominated for the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Hard Rock/Metal Song of the year.

The original three members of the band, at the January 1992 formation, were Toren Atkinson, Warren Banks and Quentin Rogers. Quentin, though, never appeared on any of their releases, nor played at any of their public performances. The first bass player to appear with the band at a show was Devon Presseau. The band has gone through several bassists and drummers since its inception. The discography below details band member history.

The current line-up of the band consists of vocalist and lyricist Toren Atkinson, guitarist Warren Banks, guitarist/bassist Mario Nieva, drummer Jordan Pratt (former drummer for the band Mystery Machine), and bassist/backup vocalist Merrick Atkinson.

Outside of the band, Toren Atkinson is also an artist, having illustrated books for role-playing games including ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu (and TabletopGame/DeltaGreen), as well as the Lovecraft-inspired collectible card game Mythos. Warren Banks and Toren Atkinson also co-wrote (along with contributions by John Tynes and Monte Cook) the TabletopRPG Spaceship Zero, published by Green Ronin Publishing.

* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Spaceship Zero claims to be a soundtrack, for a film that doesn't exist. It was marketed as such to tie-in with their roleplaying game of the same name, which lists a huge history of media that inspired it, all fictional.
* BodyHorror: Frequently played for laughs, most notably in the appropriately-titled ''Burrow Your Way to my Heart'', ''Hookworm'' (Oh, God, ''Hookworm''), and ''The Innsmouth Look''.
* DarkReprise: Happens within a song called ''Operation: Get the Hell Out of Here,'' and the chorus goes "Take your time, take your toll, everything's under control/Execute Operation: Get the Hell Out of Here" until after the last verse of the song, where the protagonists accidentally unleash an Eldritch Abomination, it's changed to "Take your life, take your soul, everything's out of control/Execute Operation: Get the Hell Out of Here".
* DeathByWomanScorned: Possibly subverted in ''Jimmy the Squid''. Jimmy is accused of killing his mate for sleeping with another squid. He says he's innocent.
* EldritchAbomination: The vast majority of their songs feature them one way or another.
* EyeScream: ''Tarred and Feathered'' is about a torturer talking about his favorite activities (or perhaps receiving advice from monsters, it's kinda vague) and includes the lines "Here's some silver fishhook/To slip in their eyes" and "Here's some metal cubes and jacks/Force them in their sockets".
* FilkSong: Their speciality.
* MadnessMantra: The song ''Flee!'' gives us "Pain! Death! Insanity! Death!"
** Shows up in several songs on ''The Shadow Out of Tim'', most notably ''No Way'' ("My life is shattered, that doesn't matter, nobody cares that I'm all better now") and ''Operation: Get the Hell Out of Here'' ("It's gonna be all right, it's gonna be all right, it's gonna be all right, it's gonna be all right...")
* ManOnFire: The lyrics to The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets' ''Kill the Chupacabra'':
-->I'm on fire.
-->I'm on fire.
-->I am, quite literally...
* MurderBallad: ''Shhh...'' The killer apologises to his wife and bids her keep silent, while he goes to cover up the murder. It looks like she didn't agree...
* OverlyLongGag: The outro to ''Yig Snake Daddy''
* SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage: ''Nyarlathotep'' is, rather appropriately, entirely in Middle Egyptian.
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Some Things Man Was Not Meant to Know]]''. Or not; the lyrics are actually about ''avoiding'' these kinds of things.