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1st February 2012

the darkness

Ending months of speculation and bated breath, on 1st February 2012 The Darkness will unveil the first fruits of their recent studio labours.

Intended as a big 'cheers' to fans who have been waiting so patiently since the band last released new material (back in 2006), and who have responded so enthusiastically to the end of the hiatus by buying enough tickets to sell out tours on both sides of the Atlantic, the track, entitled 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us', will be made available to download for free at 2.00pm via

The song was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Brine in Norfolk and mixed in Austin, Texas by Chris 'Frenchie' Smith.

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An accompanying video has been created in Philadelphia by artist Thom Lessner and director Ted Passon and will be unfurled on the same day. Believe us when we say, it's worth the wait.

By coincidence, 1st February is also the date The Darkness begin their first North American tour since 2004; starting with a sold out show at Toronto's Phoenix venue.

For those who are not sure what to expect, check out this video...

The band have already announced appearances at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 24th June (headlining the Big Top Stage) and play their first 'local' outdoor show in Thetford Forrest on the 14th July. More UK dates and album news to follow soon.

For the avoidance of doubt, The Darkness remains: Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham.

On Tour 2012

1 February Toronto, Phoenix
3 February Boston, Paradise Rock Club
4 February New York, Irving Plaza
6 February New York, Irving Plaza
7 February Philadelphia, Trocadero
8 February Washington DC, 9:30 Club
10 February Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall
11 February Chicago, Metro
12 February Minneapolis, First Avenue
15 February Denver, Summit
17 February Las Vegas, House of Blues
18 February Phoenix, Celebrity Theatre
19 February Los Angeles, House of Blues
21 February San Francisco, Fillmore
23 February Portland, Roseland Theatre
24 February Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom
25 February Seattle, Neptune Theatre

24 June Isle Of Wight, Isle of Wight Festival (Big Top headline)
14 July Suffolk, Thetford Forest

UK tickets are on sale now and you can get yours by clicking here.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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