Justin Hawkins Thinks Sleep Token’s Success Gives Hope For Rock Music’s Future

In a reaction video on his YouTube channel, ‘Now This Is F***king Cool,’ the Darkness’ Justin Hawkins expressed his admiration for Sleep Token, emphasizing their significant contribution to the future of rock music.

The singer said, explaining why he loves Sleep Token:

“I love Sleep Token. I love the anonymity of it. I love the way it’s challenging. There’re so many dynamics being explored in it. It’s really accomplished — not just harmonically rich, but dynamically rich as well. You don’t see that very often.”

Mass Appeal And Progressive Rock

Hawkins continued to laud Sleep Token’s appeal among avid rock music fans, saying:

“What’s really encouraging about it is that it’s being devoured by the masses. And when I say the masses, I mean people who actually care about guitar music. It warms the cockles to recognize that the average, everyday rock listener is prepared to get into something like that. That’s not easy stuff to do. That’s progressive in the best way.”

A Music Enthusiast’s Perspective


The frontman, speaking not just as an artist but as a music enthusiast, finds the band’s success inspiring, as he noted:

“So to see something like that being successful… It just gives you hope. Not for me as an artist; I mean me as a music enthusiast. It’s awesome to recognize that stuff you need [good] taste to appreciate is being appreciated by a lot of people. I think that means that people are starting to understand music in a different way. It’s really cool.”

Amy Lee’s Admiration For Sleep Token

In agreement with Hawkins’ views, Evanescence singer Amy Lee also expressed her admiration for Sleep Token. In a December 2023 interview with Revolver, Lee talked about the band’s creativity and versatility, saying:

“I love Sleep Token. I’m blown away. How do they do it? How do they go so many different directions and call it one song?”

Since they started in 2016, Sleep Token has been famous for wearing masks during performances to hide who they are. This mysterious approach has made fans and other musicians curious and impressed. Lee really likes this style. She believes it puts the focus back on the music instead of other things, which she thinks is very important in today’s music scene. She finds their approach creative and cool.

You can watch Hawkins’ full video below.