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    First song and video released from their new album: "Rock and Roll Deserves to Die"



    A very classic Darkness style song in that it takes a few left turns that seem strange at first, but work the more you listen to it. Still, this one seems like more of a fun throwaway than the best the album will have to offer. They have a habit of releasing the worst songs as the opening singles. Considering that, I think this may be a truly great album.

    I have generally been impressed by the sustained quality of their later career output (despite lousy single selection and leaving great songs as bonus tracks). If you aren't impressed by the new track, then check out some of these ones I consider modern classics:







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      AC/DC rock music: Briany
    • Aug 9th 2019
     
    The Darkness are still quality. Always thought it a pity they weren't able to strike harder when the iron was hot.
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      AC/DC rock music: azel
    • Aug 9th 2019
     
    Saw them a few weeks ago, brilliant night out!! Justin is one hell of a frontman.

    Not sure about the new stuff though, but was first listen and sandwiched amongst their hits.
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    The beginning of With A Woman reminds me of Bad Boy Boogie.
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    I've really come to enjoy this band's music. One Way Ticket is still my favorite album of theirs.

    I find it an odd coincidence that I see AC/DC blowing out candles with their amp around the same time this video comes out.
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    Permission To Land and the early B sides are all the Darkness you need. And their cover of Street Spirit.
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    Posted By: tomscotlandPermission To Land and the early B sides are all the Darkness you need. And their cover of Street Spirit.


    It is their best stuff, I'd agree. But there is plenty of amazing stuff from their other albums. One Way Ticket is an amazing album imo, and all of their other albums have amazing tracks aswell. "Barbarian", "She Just A Girl", "Bucaneers of Hispanola". All the bonus tracks from "Last of our Kind" are amazing and better than half the tracks in the actual album.
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    Posted By: matirocker
    Posted By: tomscotlandPermission To Land and the early B sides are all the Darkness you need. And their cover of Street Spirit.


    It is their best stuff, I'd agree. But there is plenty of amazing stuff from their other albums. One Way Ticket is an amazing album imo, and all of their other albums have amazing tracks aswell. "Barbarian", "She Just A Girl", "Bucaneers of Hispanola". All the bonus tracks from "Last of our Kind" are amazing and better than half the tracks in the actual album.


    AGREED! I don't know why they throw away some of their best tracks. Same with Hot Cakes, the live versions of Cannonball and Can't Believe It's Not Love were amazing, but they were ruined in the studio and left as B-sides.
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    I wish I could get into this band, musically it's rockin' but the vocals seem to kill it for me. Still haven't looked at everything they've done though, willing to dig again and see if it'll click.
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    Posted By: nitroangus23I wish I could get into this band, musically it's rockin' but the vocals seem to kill it for me. Still haven't looked at everything they've done though, willing to dig again and see if it'll click.


    Based on that, I would recommend Open Fire (very different vocal style on that one, doesn't even sound like the same guy), Love on the Rocks, Givin Up or Stuck in a Rut.
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    They also did the best Christmas song ever.
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    The end of that song is pretty heavy with 'Let There Be Rock' references. They even pull out out a bit of Angus' riffing around the 4:17 mark and from the 4:35 mark.
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    I like this one:

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    Dan Hawkins (the rhythm guitarist) also did some good stuff with the Stone Gods while the Darkness were on hiatus. This song is very commercial but still rocks quite hard. It's a bit like the Solid Gold track. Some good rhythm guitar in the second verse (reminds me of the layered guitars in Night Prowler). There's a video on YouTube but the sound quality is too low.
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      AC/DC rock music: DustDevil
    • Aug 18th 2019
     
    I do enjoy a bit of Darkness.

    I bumped into Justin Hawkins in a bar in Portugal years ago, 2006 I think, after Rock in Rio. he said, "You're English", and walked off.

    He was wrong, I'm actually WELSH.
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    There was a controversial poster on the now and since long time defunct Rising Power site with the moniker Zoid who also was from Wales. At least I joked with him about that.
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    Second new song released. It's sort of a ballad, but at the same time reminds me of Tame Impala for some reason. Very catchy though, could be a hit.

    Put some headphones on, too, because the production is exquisite!

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    Meh... at least it's not as bad as this one...

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    Posted By: matirockerMeh... at least it's not as bad as this one...



    We don't talk about Happiness...

    The band have said that was a throwaway song but the label insisted on it.

    Yes, Heart Explodes is a bit poppy but it is a genuinely well written piece of music, which cannot be said of Happiness.
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      AC/DC rock music: Inferno
    • Nov 18th 2019
     
    _______________________________
    85. The Darkness – “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” (2003)

    There was a brief moment in 2003 where the success of The Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” made many wonder whether ’80s-inspired glam was set to return. Well, it wasn’t, making The Darkness a singular hit-maker for an entire genre revival. It’s for the best that butt rock didn’t come back, though The Darkness do make a compelling argument for its merits with glass-shattering vocals, flexing guitar solos, and karaoke-ready lyrics. The Darkness found more success abroad and still hold their share of apologists, but the song’s success is still surprising to this day.

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      AC/DC rock music: angus1878
    • Nov 20th 2019
     
    mad how the industry and maybe, even, how the general public work, these were a breath of fresh air when they hit the scene, now they are just treading water.i often worry about Greta Van Fleet being the same..
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    Their last 2 albums have not been very good though... specially the last one
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      AC/DC rock music: DustDevil
    • Nov 20th 2019
     
    But that's enough about acdc...
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    Posted By: matirockerTheir last 2 albums have not been very good though... specially the last one


    I'm still warming to Easter is Cancelled, it's a big departure for them and the songs jump around too much between styles or between soft and rocking. That said, there is some good material in there like How Can I Lose Your Love and Another Life being the most classic Darkness style tracks. The title track is a cool Judas Priest-esque rocker.

    Pinewood Smile got a lot of flack for the production (which I agree is justified) and a few stinkers like Happiness. But there are also several top notch tracks that are already classics IMO. Japanese Prisoner is just everything great about this band. Buccaneers has a great AC/DC style meat and potatoes riff with a fucking epic chorus. Southern Trains has some gang vocals in the chorus that are too fun to sing/yell along with "FUCK YOU, SOUTHERN TRAINS!!!". And then you have the more sophisticated stuff like Lay Down w/ Me Barbara, Wish I Was in Heaven and Why Don't the Beautiful Cry? Those songs have elements of jazz and soul but still rock as well. The riff in Heaven is honestly my favorite riff of this past decade, bar none. It's fucking brilliant. Barabara has the best solo on the album, it's a damn journey.