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The Darkness have enlisted the help of a legendary rock producer for the follow-up to PERMISSION TO LAND.

AC/DC producer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange (the husband of Shania Twain) will work with the Lowestoft four-piece when they return to the studio, reports the BBC. The veteran has also worked with Avril Lavigne, Def Leppard and Foreigner.

The Darkness have also received praise from The Darkness, who claims that the band are her first choice for a collaboration.

“[a][/a] are incredible,” she gushed. “Their power is breathtaking and they are the one band in the world I now want to record with. I just can’t stop singing their songs.”