Forty six years after releasing the groundbreaking debut, Damned Damned Damned, the Damned return with Darkadelic, their twelfth studio album and their first since 2018's Evil Spirits.
The Damned's Darkadelic catches the band that launched punk, and probably invented goth too, once again innovating and expanding upon their unique universe. "The Invisible Man" is a showcase for Captain Sensible's riffadelic guitar work and David Vanian's snarling baritone vocals. Darkadelic barrels along from there and features some of the Damned's sharpest songwriting and genre-bending performances reaching peaks with "You're Gonna Realise" and "Beware Of The Clowns" drenched in classic horror movie references, nods to swinging '60s London, and a refined palette of musical influences.
Following their formation in 1976, the Damned remained one of the most groundbreaking bands coming out of the '70s British punk rock scene. With 11 studio albums and several UK chart singles, they are pioneers who rose from London to earn an ever-expanding global fan base fueled by legendary live shows. Their dark lyrics and David Vanian’s rich baritone vocals also catapulted the Damned to the forefront of the goth rock genre. Known as the band who released the first “punk” record with the single “New Rose” in 1976, the Damned will indeed continue to paint the world Darkadelic in 2023. Alongside Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Paul Gray and Monty Oxymoron, William Granville-Taylor joins the band on drums.