Release Date: Oct 4, 2019
Record label: Cooking Vinyl
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Hair Metal
Styling themselves as tight-pantsed heroes on a mission to save the world with the power of rock, England's princes of outlandish nostalgia the Darkness approach maturity with their sixth set, Easter Is Cancelled. With such an outrageous title (and accompanying artwork that depicts frontman Justin Hawkins as a super-buff Jesus breaking himself off a cross), one might expect this to be a typical Darkness romp through farcical subject matter and glorious headbangers. However, Easter Is Cancelled is surprisingly -- by Darkness standards -- tame, focused, and earnest, setting aside blatant hedonism and sophomoric humor in favor of a little heart and soul using familiar touchstones like Queen, Thin Lizzy, and AC/DC as their sonic foundation.
During the long summer of 2003 The Darkness had their moment-an unfashionable hair metal band with stadium-ready songs, a hilariously great frontman in the shape of Justin Hawkins, and a legit rock guitar god in his brother Dan Hawkins. The hits kept coming, their debut album Permission to Land going five times platinum in the UK. They won over the indie kids.