Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Darkness - Barbarian

Last of Our Kind is the upcoming fourth studio album by the British rockers THE DARKNESS. Produced by guitarist Dan Hawkins at his studio Leeders Farm in Norfolk, the album is due to be released on 1 June 2015 by Kobalt Label Services. It is the first album by the band to feature drummer Emily Dolan Davies, who replaced Ed Graham in 2014.

The follow-up to 2012's "Hot Cakes" was recorded at Leeders Farm Studio in Norfolk, owned by Dan Hawkins. The album was written in Ireland.

Frontman Justin Hawkins has described the album as "brutal", adding that

"It's definitely stripped back with the exception of some mandolins. But when you're doing medieval rock, you should have a mandolin on it ... It's medieval rock, but it still sounds like The Darkness. It's medi-urban, I suppose". Speaking about the style of opening track "Barbarian", Hawkins has joked that the song contains "not one but two dramatic monologues, a guitar solo that has been declared 'irresponsible', a riff that weakens lady knees" and a chorus that makes grown men shit directly into their pants". Explaining the meaning of the lyrics more deeply, the singer has noted that they "describe the Viking invasion of East Anglia which culminated in the decapitation of Edmund the Martyr", describing the thematic basis as "classic Darkness"

"The journey begins: Our new album Last Of Our Kind is being released on the 1st June 2015. Now available to pre-order via Pledge Music where you can get the new track Barbarian instantly. See our awesome new video for Barbarian and we'll have loads more exclusive content, video, photos and merch for you to grab. Keep your eyes and ears peeled and Watch This Space!"

Regarding THE DARKNESS's split with founding member Ed Graham in late 2014, Hawkins said:

"Ed has had some well-publicized health problems in the past. And for one reason or another, he wasn't capable of doing his job anymore. We're still friends with Ed. But now that we have Emily in the band, the worry is gone."


"Last of Our Kind" will be released on limited-edition color vinyl, compact disc and as a digital download.

Today's tune "Barbarian" is the new single taken from the band's fourth album "Last Of Our Kind", which will be released on June 1 in partnership with Kobalt Label Services.

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