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The Darkness singer apologises for knives on album cover but not for portraying Jesus

by Cara Bentley

The album called 'Easter is Cancelled' was released on 4th October. It reached number 10 in the UK album chart and is the band's sixth album.

The Darkness are a British band, famous for guitar riffs and the songs 'I Believe in a Thing Called Love' and 'Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells Ring)'.

In a recent interview with Sky News, Hawkins was asked whether the cover glamorised carrying knives while there is a stabbing epidemic in the UK.

Hawkins replied: "What we were trying to do was interfere with biblical iconography and the sources we studied to assemble that image was from hundreds of years ago.

"We didn't recognise that it might be insensitive in the current climate. We saw it as something as escapism in talking about an imagined scenario from an alternate reality, and if we have offended anybody, all we can do is apologise."

Regarding the fact that he is breaking free from a cross, he said: "I play Jesus. Yes, that's controversial, but then again Willem Defoe has played Jesus, no one gives him a hard time. We are not denying the existence of Jesus Christ."

Willem Dafoe played Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ, a 1988 film.

The other members of the band are depicted as women with halos fighting off Roman soldiers and one appears to be Salome, holding John the Baptist's head. 

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