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Unveiling a new addition to their already intricate discography, Australia’s Kings of Darkness Darkcell have delivered a step up and to the side with their soon to be released self-titled album Darkcell.
The release of the first singles for the album, Hail To The Freaks, Reign Of The Monsters and The Great Big Nothing, saw a hugely positive response from fans. Reign Of The Monsters has since soared to the top of the bands Spotify streams and even saw support during the live rendition at Night Of The Living Shred 2019.
Now we’re in Darkcell month and with the album dropping on 12th April, and a tour coming soon after, it’s time to get excited.
Opening the album, like an opening from a black and white horror film, is an eery, dreamy, almost holy experience, by the name of La Chambre Des Cauchemars. Setting the tone for the rest of the album, the feeling of anticipation for what is to come can’t be ignored.
Following The Great Big Nothing and Reign Of The Monsters on the record is Burn The Witches. With an intro that has you ready to march into riot against the system, it’s near impossible not to feel the beat in the very depths of your being. Utilising the energetic synths that has had fans dancing at shows for years, this is definitely a song that will have the pit moving like a sea of sweaty freaks.
Darkcell are continuing to create songs with big hooks, big grooves and catchy as hell choruses, but this album definitely touches on some darker themes paired with a heavier melody to bring us something else.
The songs that follow hit you like a kick up the ass—in the best way. Scars & Stripes is an unexpected heavy hitter and the addition of KidCrusher’s vocals is goosebump inducing. Next is Godless, featuring vocals from Johnathan Devoy. Contrary to the title, this is the kind of song you can visualise as a battle cry, a call to action, a rouse of the masses to rise up and make a stand. Right now, in this song, Darkcell & Devoy are our Anti-Gods and we are marching with them.
There’s still plenty for the movers & groovers of Darkcell’s fanbase. Night Rider, Carnevil and of course Hail To The Freaks will have you bouncing on your feet and in your seat. The entire album is filled with the energy of a live show, making it that much more of an impressive record.
Darkcell are continuing to create songs with big hooks, big grooves and catchy as hell choruses, but this album definitely touches on some darker themes paired with a heavier melody to bring us something else. It might not be new or unheard of, nor a game-changer, but it is different. And to Darkcell, different is always good.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Burn The Witches, The Great Big Nothing, Godless, Scars & Stripes
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