Darkness – Barbarians

Yesterday I listened to Michael Butler do a track by track of the new Darkness album Last of Our Kind. I liked it, I like the Darkness in general. This album is something special though. It is somewhere between a theme album and a rock opera. What do you suppose the theme would be? Well, no. It is about medieval life and warfare. The opening song “Barbarians” is about the Danish invasion of East Anglia in 869. I like the video too, which is goofy, violent, and full of visual jokes that play off the themes and lyrics.

This album isn’t what immediately springs to mind when you think about a soundtrack to Song of Ice and Fire or Nicola Griffith’s Hild books but you know, it might work. If you go to the Darkness website you can listen to it via streaming. Check it out.

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7 thoughts on “Darkness – Barbarians”

  1. PJ Cabrera says:

    Heading over there to listen to this. Sounds interesting.

  2. PJ Cabrera says:

    Wow! That was a really good track and the video is perfect. Reminds me of Frank Miller’s ‘300’.

  3. Dave Slusher says:

    Michael Butler In the video towards the end when they show the animated band, is that Phil Lynott on bass?

  4. No Dave Slusher its Frankie the bass player

  5. No Dave Slusher its Frankie the bass player

  6. Dave Slusher says:

    Is he trying to cosplay as Phil? Does he really look like that?

  7. He really looks like that. He’s awesome

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