The L.A. Guns lineup with drummer Steve Riley and bassist Kelly Nickels , has released a new single titled “Well Oiled Machine” from their upcoming new studio album Renegades via Golden Robot Records. The group previously released the single “Crawl” about two months ago.
Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to announce the release of “Always The Villain”, the debut album from Michael Grant & The Assassins. Michael Grant & The Assassins play a diverse and exciting brand of hard rock music incorporating elements from alternative rock and metal, while exploring different textures, genres, and influences. Band mastermind Michael Grant (who plays all instruments on the album) creates a sound that is intense, heavily melodic, and anthemic.
Of the making of the album, Grant says, “It took well over a year to record “Always The Villain”. There was such a massive learning curve in the actual recording process for me to be able to deliver. I had to write, arrange, record, produce everything as well as play all of the instruments myself. I believe recording this way truly helped in bringing to fruition my full musical vision and signature sound. I couldn’t be more happy with the end results and I really loved recording this way.”
On first single and video, ‘Red Light Run’, Grant says it is “about a beautiful, broken-hearted girl’s backfiring tale of revenge by way of sex, drugs and excess. Of course the song goes even deeper than that and the video is suggestive of all of this.”
In the works since 2018, “Always The Villain” is a labor of love for this established talent. Prior to The Assassins, Grant was the creative driving force behind Endeverafter, a Sacramento based alternative/hard rock band signed to Epic Records in the early ‘00s. Handling vocals, lead guitars, and songwriting, Grant released two albums with the band before disbanding them in 2012. Grant then served as touring guitarist for LA Guns for five years and also recorded one album with the band. Prince, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Guns ‘N Roses, David Bowie, Tom Petty, and In Flames are all influences on Grant and informed the sound of “Always The Villain”. Grant is now focused full-time on The Assassins, who have already played shows in the US, including a performance on the Monsters of Rock Cruise 2019. The band plans to get out and play shows again, once we’ve all returned to a sense of normalcy, of course.
Keep your ears open for one of the most fresh and inspired new acts you will hear in hard rock music this year!
ALWAYS THE VILLAIN Tracklisting:
- 1. Barrel Of A Gun
- 2. Always The Villian
- 3. Killing Me Slowly
- 4. Nightmares
- 5. Red Light Run
- 6. Anthem Of Us
- 7. Break Me With U
- 8. Death Of Me
- 9. Runaway (Can You Stand The Rain)
- 10. Gimme Salvation
- 11. Secrets
Smackbound is a new hard rock/metal band from the robust and acclaimed Finnish music scene, who will release their debut album, “20/20” on Frontiers Music Srl. Hard rock and metal fans can expect powerful, driving songs, impeccable musicianship, and stunning vocals from this exciting new band.
On what to expect from their debut album, singer Netta Laurenne says, ”It is a versatile album with music for all moods. The songs are melodic and have a great drive. We are trying to clear out the clutter from our hearts and heads and hope that the same process will happen to everyone listening to the album. It is all about energy in this world and we are trying to keep that energy alive and moving so that it would reach the listener and have a true impact and a connection with them. More on the musical side, everyone invested their own talent to the album. Teemu played great riffs and solos, Rolf banged the drums like no tomorrow and Vili and Tuomas played some pretty awesome stuff as well. I poured my heart into the lyrics and tried to sing the songs with grace.”
Smackbound’s story started back in 2015 when singer and actress Netta Laurenne founded the group. You may have heard her before on guest spots with Amorphis, Lordi, Black Sun, and Elvenking. She is a classically trained singer who has also studied pop/jazz and folk singing. And yes, she is also an actress. Guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari was the first to join the line-up and soon followed Rolf Pilve on drums, Vili Itäpelto on keyboards and Tuomas Yli-Jaskari on bass. [Collectively, they have experience in well respected metal bands like Wintersun, Stratovarius, The Dark Element, and Tracedawn.] The band immediately started writing their own songs, but to get their live chemistry flowing, founded a cover band “Run for Cover” to be able to play gigs right away and turn Smackbound into a well-oiled live machine.
The band launched with a string of successful singles and videos including the debut “Drive It Like You Stole It,” the energetic “Wall of Silence,” and “Run”. All the singles will be included on the band’s debut, “20/20”.
The album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios, produced by Tuomas Yli-Jaskari mixed and mastered by Jesse Vainio (Sunrise Avenue, Apocalyptica, Poets Of The Fall).
- 1. Wall Of Silence
- 2. Drive It Like You Stole It
- 3. Close To Sober
- 4. Run
- 5. The Game
- 6. Those Who Burn
- 7. Hey Motherfuckers
- 8. Troublemaker
- 9. Date With The Devil
- 10. Wind And Water
- Line-up: Netta Laurenne – Vocals Teemu Mäntysaari – Guitars Rolf Pilve – Drums Vili Itäpelto – Keyboards Tuomas Yli-Jaskari – Bass