The Darkness是一支来自英国的极具激情的Hair Metal乐队,它由两兄弟Justin Hawkins(lead guitar and vocals) and Dan (guitar) Hawkins, Frankie Poullain (bassist) and Ed Graham (drums)组成，乐队的音乐深受上世纪７０年代的摇滚乐队AC/DC, Van Halen, Queen, T. Rex and Led Zeppelin的影响，这使得The Darkness在无数摇滚乐队中脱颖而出，乐队的首支单曲<>一举攻至UK Music Charts第２名，并获得2003 Mercury Music Prize的提名，更可喜的是The Darkness的专辑<< Permission To Land>>的销售量在短短的时间内突破１００００００张，获得空前的赞誉，难怪乐队的灵魂人物Justin在接受采访时说道:''因为一夜走红，我们当中的人已经禁不住成名的压力，不胖反而日渐消瘦",乐队继而趁热打铁在２００３圣诞节长假期间推出的单曲<>令人惋惜的屈居2003 UK Christmas音乐排行榜第２名，第１名的桂冠被Michael Andrews与Gary Jules挎刀合作的<>幸运的收入囊中，不过乐队的努力在今年的２００４ Brit Awards中得到了回报，The Darkness一举囊括Best Group, Best Rock Group and Best Album,3项含金量十足的大奖！今夏The Darkness更是在 Carling Festivals上与 White Stripes and Green Day同台竞技时出尽风头！by Ed RivadaviaEngland's the Darkness centered around irrepressible frontman Justin Hawkins (vocals/guitars/keyboards), who, along with his guitar-playing baby brother Dan, bassist Frankie Poullain, and drummer Ed Graham, single-handedly resurrected the rather unfashionable sounds and attitudes of late-'70s hard rock for an unsuspecting generation. Following the demise of an earlier, conspicuously synth pop-based outfit named Empire, the Hawkins brothers sowed the seeds of what would become the Darkness at an impromptu karaoke session on New Year's Eve 1999. Justin's rapturous rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" showed them the way, and the suitably dramatic name of the Darkness was chosen shortly after the arrival of Poullain and Graham. With outrageous stage antics that included gaudy leotards stolen from Steven Tyler's wardrobe, leaps and splits borrowed from David Lee Roth, and an ear-piercing falsetto copped from Freddie Mercury himself, the multi-talented elder Hawkins led the quartet as the group spent the next two years slogging it out in London's pub circuit. Though they were immediately singled out as a joke by the notoriously vicious British press, the Darkness' high-energy sets, remarkably catchy material, and unapologetic worship of old-school rock & roll bombast gradually earned them a fanatical following based on simple word of mouth.The tide finally began to shift in their favor in August 2002, when the Darkness released their debut EP, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, through independent Must Destroy Music; won a major talent contest; and also scored all-important opening slots with Deep Purple and Def Leppard. Their momentum carried through into the new year, starting with a knockout performance at Austin's SXSW music convention in January, continuing with the release of their "Keep Your Hands Off My Woman" single in February (peaking at number 36 in the U.K. chart), and climaxing in their subsequent signing of a major-label contract with Atlantic Records in March. Nothing could stop the Darkness' snowball effect now, and a series of acclaimed festival appearances set the stage for their debut album, Permission to Land, to debut atop the British charts -- the first time a new act had achieved such a feat since Coldplay three years earlier. Aside from the 2003 Christmas single Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End), the Darkness concentrated on touring until 2005, when they returned to the studio with Cars and Foreigner producer Roy Thomas Baker. During the recording of their sophomore album, the band parted ways with Poullain, replacing him with new bassist Richie Edwards. One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back was released late in 2005 but didn't fare as well as its predecessor, which took a toll on Justin Hawkins. Following several months of touring, the frontman entered rehab in August 2006 for alcohol and cocaine abuse. Although he completed the program, Hawkins nevertheless left the Darkness' lineup later that year, leaving the group's fate in the hands of his former bandmates. The remaining musicians regrouped under the name Stone Gods the following year, while Justin busied himself with preparations for a solo album.