2016 release from Frontiers Records.
Paul Laine – Vocals. Bruno Ravel – Bass. Rob Marcello – Guitar. Van Romaine – Drums.
Artist Location: New York, USA. Vancouver, Canada. Sweden.
5 stars out of 5 star rating.
Reviewed by David.
- Intro (Carillons Theme).
- Love And Bullets.
- When The Lights Go Down.
- Waiting On A Heartbreak.
- Lil’ Miss Rock’N’Roll.
- The Last Kiss.
- Save Me Tonight.
- Take Me Back.
- We All Fall Down.
- That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You.
- Underneath The Stars.
The Defiants are yet another supergroup from Frontiers president Serafino Perugino and this one is definitely a group worthy of the title supergroup. Made up of one of the masterminds behind the legendary hair metal band Danger Danger, the great Bruno Ravel, Danger Danger’s incredibly gifted guitarist Rob Marcello, ex-Danger Danger vocalist, current DarkHorse vocalist and solo artist, the one and only Paul Laine and rounding it out with Van Romaine (Steve Morse Band), you know that talent is in no short order here and it is evident all through this record.
I try not to get too excited when I hear about a new supergroup forming as I have been disappointed too many times by supergroup releases, but this one was really hard not to get psyched about, especially after hearing the first track, “Love And Bullets“. I am a huge D2 fan and a huge Paul Laine fan so hearing that Bruno, Paul and Rob were going to be working together on a new project was hard not to look forward to with the utmost excitement. Thankfully I was not disappointed even in the least with the release. Not a bad track in sight here.
All living in different areas of the world, the band members all recorded their parts seperately and sent them in, something that happens far more often these days then it did back when Contraband did it in 1991. The guys did a terrific job here with every aspect of the record. Production is top notch as always with a Frontiers release. The musicians are excellent as expected. The songs are fun, catchy, upbeat and just great melodic rock like we expect from Bruno and Paul. And Laine’s vocals are absolutely superb. I swear the man sounds exactly the same as he did on his outstanding 199o solo release “Stick It In Your Ear”. Listen to the end of “Love And Bullets” or “When The Lights Go Down” and hear the notes he hits still and tell me that is not impressive. But not just the high notes he is still somehow able to hit, his voice is incredible in every part of every song. A truly phenomenal vocalist.
Musically this is exactly what you would imagine with Ravel and Laine writing together (I really don’t know how they consistantly put out such damn good, catchy as hell music). D2 (“Cockroach” through “Revolve” albums) meets Paul Laine’s solo albums. In other words, absolutely incredible stuff. Just listen to tracks like “Love And Bullets”, “Underneath The Stars” or one my personal favorites “Lil’ Miss Rock’N’Roll” and see if you aren’t hooked right away, some of the best damn melodic rock I have heard in a very long time.
Everything on the album is done to perfection. From vocals to guitars to drums to production to songwriting, nothing is less than stellar.
If you are solely into the heavier, more melodic metal type bands like Dynazty or such then this may not be your cup of tea, it is just pure melodic rock. But if melodic rock is your thing, if you like D2, particularly “Cockroach”, “The Return Of The Great Gildersleeves” or “Revolve”, or you like Paul Laine then do not even hesitate to get this one. Absolutely fantastic. I can only hope this will not be the last album we get from the guys.
Simply outstanding vocals, excellent guitar work and amazing songwriting make this a very highly recommended album. In a year that has seen and will be seeing, many superb albums, this one is one of the absolute best of the best and may just be THE album of the year.
Love And Bullets.
When The Lights Go Down.
Lil’ Miss Rock’N’Roll.
Save Me Tonight.
Underneath The Stars.