The Darkness album ‘Hot Cakes’ tops Best Of 2012 Lists (VIDEO)

“Wonderfully eccentric and trend-detached, The Darkness also stand on their heads (sometimes literally) to deliver the most unashamedly entertaining show in contemporary hard rock.”-- LA WEEKLY (10/19/12)

As the multi-platinum British rock group The Darkness prepare to return to the U.S. for their headlining “Let Them Eat Cakes” world tour, their third album "Hot Cakes" is making its mark on Best of 2012 album lists at iTunes, Amazon and Google. 

iTunes named HOT CAKES the Best Rock Comeback album of 2012 while Google Play and Amazon featured it in their Best Albums of 2012: Google Play, Amazon.

The LP has received wide critical praise.

Magnet magazine hailed the group’s “solid, tuneful rock pop” (9/2012), while the Associated Press noted, “Hot Cakes just exudes fun. ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us’ has a feel-good 1980s rocking chorus and guitar solos you can imagine being played in atop a huge speaker in a stadium” (8/20/12).

Elsewhere, Pitchfork noted their “…rich, harmonic solos.” (8/16/12) and Paste said, “Hot Cakes is the most varied record of the Darkness’ canon 11 killer-no-filler songs that steer through the ‘70’s and early 80’s and veer from fist-pumping anthems to mid-tempo good-time rock all with an ear for a killer pop hook.

In more online news, the group’s dynamic frontman Justin Hawkins is the featured artist on Amoeba Records’ “What’s In Your Bag” today. Watch the clip as JUSTIN walks the aisles of Amoeba Records Los Angeles flagship and picks his favorite movies, TV shows album covers and more:

The group will kick-off the U.S. tour January 10 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and wrap-up February 2 in Aspen, CO before heading to 15 countries worldwide (see full routing below).

Catch THE DARKNESS on tour in the following cities:

Thur 10th    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL                  Revolution
Fri 11th       ORLANDO, FL                               Hard Rock Live
Sat 12th      ATLANTA, GA                                Masquerade
Mon 14th    PITTSBURGH, PA                         Stage AE
Tues 15th    BALTIMORE, MD                          Ram’s Head
Fri 18th       ATLANTIC CITY, NJ                      House Of Blues
Sat 19th      BOSTON, MA                                Paradise Rock Club
Mon 21st     TORONTO, ON                             Phoenix
Wed 23rd    COLUMBUS, OH                           Newport Music Hall
Fri 25th       DETROIT, MI                                 The Majestic Theatre
Sat 26th      MILWAUKEE, WI                           The Rave
Sun 27th     CHICAGO, IL                                 The Riviera Theatre
Tues 29th    MINNEAPOLIS, MN                       First Avenue
Wed 30th    KANSAS CITY, MO                       Beaumont Club

Fri 01st        DENVER, CO                                 The Summit Music Hall
Sat 02nd     ASPEN, CO                                    Belly Up
Sat 16th      COPENHAGEN, Denmark              Amager
Sun 17th     STOCKHOLM, Sweden                 Tyroz
Tues 19th    TAMPERE, Finland                        Pokkahive
Wed 20th    HELSINKI, Finland -                       Circus
Fri 22nd       GOTHENBURG, Sweden              Tradgarn
Sat 23rd      OSLO, Norway                               Rockefeller
Sun 24th     KRISTENSAND, Norway               Kick Scene
Tues 26th    HAMBURG, Germany                   Grunenspan
Wed 27th    AMSTERDAM, Holland                  Paradiso

Fri 01st        SHEFFIELD, UK                            City Hall
Sat 02nd     MANCHESTER, UK                       Apollo
Sun 03rd     GLASGOW, UK                             Barrowlands
Tues 05th    NEWCASTLE, UK                         City Hall
Wed 06th    WOLVERHAMPTON, UK               Civic
Thur 07th    LONDON, UK                                 Hammersmith Apollo 
Sat 09th      PARIS, France                                Bataclan
Sun 10th     ZURICH, Switzerland                      Volkshaus
Mon 11th    MILAN, Italy                                    Alcatraz
Wed 13th    MUNICH, Germany                         Backstage Werk
Thur 14th    VIENNA, Austria                             Arena
Sat 16th      WARSAW, Poland                          Stodola
Mon 18th    BERLIN, Germany                           CC Live
Tues 19th    COLOGNE, Germany                     Kanting
Wed 20th    LUXEMBOURG CITY, Luxembourg Den Atilier
Thur 21st    ANTWERP, Belgium                         Trix

The group’s live shows are epic and not to be missed. The “Let Them Eat Cakes” world tour marks the band’s first headlining run since the release of Hot Cakes.

Listen to a sampling of HOT CAKES here:!/TheDarkness

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