This ‘The Darkness’ review was written by Hayley Ross, a GIGsoup contributor.

The Darkness have returned … and this time it’s serious!

‘Last of Our Kind’ kicks in with a spoken piece before launching into punchy guitar riffs and Hawkin’s inimitable falsetto shrieks. ‘Barbarian’ is a superb opening track which reminds you precisely who ‘The Darkness’ are and of their intent to shake up a somewhat staid music industry.

There’s something of a concept album feel to the songs which indulge in a mixture of genres ranging from the classic rock sound of ‘Sarah O’Sarah’, an immediately likeable tune, to the heavier, more metal-esque feel of ‘Mighty Wings’. The title track ‘Last of Our Kind’ is incredibly catchy with powerful lyrics (and for guitar aficionados, an absolutely stellar solo). It definitely makes a statement.

The album is a fast-paced, heady mix of glam, killer guitar and hooky melodies. The band seem to have discovered a darker side to themselves, evident in the heavier sound and yet, there’s still something delightfully tongue in cheek about the music. They’re having fun and they aren’t afraid to show it.

The music industry is lacking an abundance of epic bands – The Darkness’s glorious return could be the answer.

‘Last of the Kind’ is out now on Canary Dwarf

You can see ‘The Darkness’ live at one of the following venues…

4th July 2015 – Wicklow Groove Festival, Wicklow TICKETS

5th July 2015 – Daytripper, Waterford TICKETS

10th July 2015 – Brownstock Festival, Chelmsford TICKETS

11th July 2015 – Haapsalu Castle yard, Haapsalu TICKETS

18th July 2015 – Pistoia Blues Festival, Pistoia TICKETS

5th August 2015 – Boardmasters, Newquay TICKETS

7th August 2015 – Leyendas del Rock festival, Alicante TICKETS

10th October 2015 – Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds, LA TICKETS

30th November 2015 – Norwich Open, Norwich TICKETS

1st December 2015 – Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge TICKETS

2nd December 2015 – Rock City, Nottingham TICKETS

4th December 2015 – O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle TICKETS

5th December 2015 – O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow TICKETS

9th December 2015 – O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds TICKETS

10th December 2015 – Manchester Academy TICKETS

11th December 2015 – O2 Academy Birmingham TICKETS

13th December 2015 – O2 Academy Bristol TICKETS

14th December 2015 – O2 Guildhall Southampton TICKETS

15th December 2015 – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea TICKETS

17th December 2015 – O2 Academy Bournemouth TICKETS

19th December 2015 – O2 Academy Oxford TICKETS

20th December 2015 – Roundhouse, London TICKETS

The full track-listing for ‘Last of Our Kind’ is as follows…

‘Barbican’

‘Open Fire’

‘Last of Our Kind’

‘Roaring Waters’

‘Wheels of the Machine’

‘Mighty Wings’

‘Mudslide’

‘Sarah O’Sarah’

‘Hammer & Tongs’

‘Conquerors’

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3.5*

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