March 3, 2004  
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The Darkness
Permission To Land
Atlantic

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 ping-pong paddles.

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.

—Paul Leishman

 

 

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