ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Permission To Land
The time has finally come for hibernating Poison and Spinal Tap fans to unleash
their mullets, put on too much eye-shadow and party like it’s 1985. British
rock act The Darkness has taken North American metalheads by storm with their
aptly titled debut album, Permission To Land.
The Darkness are modern ambassadors of a time when rock bands were judged
by the number of solos they could fit into a song, the number of Marshall stacks
they could fit on a stage and the number of socks they could stuff into their
one-piece, chest-baring jump suits.
Even before listening to the band, most lovers of fine art will be fans of
The Darkness: the album cover showcases a spaceship and a naked lady holding
The band displays an unprecedented level of musical talent and diversity that
sets Permission To Land apart from other new rock releases. The album flows
seamlessly from love-inspired hard rock tracks to love-inspired classic ballads,
ensuring no song is left without a lengthy love-inspired guitar solo. Complementing
the impressive guitars is Justin Hawkins’ groin-grabbingly transcendent
voice. His vocal range brings the singles “I Believe In A Thing Called
Love” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” to life.
With their handlebar moustaches, cigarette-fuelled performances and unique
ability to swear profusely in videos, The Darkness prove they are not your
average rock band.