The Darkness have always been a fun and fresh rock ‘n’ roll band that you can’t take too seriously. They absolutely shred, Justin Hawkin’s insane shrill scream is the stuff of legend and they know a thing or two about making an anthem – ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ will go down in rock ‘n’ roll history – but there is a sense of comic relief in their songs that, while fun in nature, brings down their credibility.
Their latest piece and their first-ever concept album, ‘Easter Is Cancelled’, doesn’t do them any favours in that regard, but if you’re after a straight-up good time, this is for you.
Mandolin and flute introduction that resembles that of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Ramble On’ aside, ‘Rock and Roll Deserves To Die’ kicks off the good time wagon, with one of their crispiest guitar riffs to date, lethal enough to rattle bones. Partnered with the intense ‘die’ note from Hawkin’s, the track is a killer album opener and single. The other end of the scale contrasts thread throughout, particularly notable on ‘Heavy Metal Lover’, ‘Live Til I Die’ and the Queen-like feature, ‘We Are The Guitar Men’.
You can quite easily fall in love with this album for the extremities and theatrical nature, but if you’re after something more serious you won’t find anything here.
Reviewed by Tammy Walters