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THE DEFIANTS - The Defiants (Review)

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Produced By: 
Bruno Ravel & The Defiants
Running Time: 
58
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
Friday, April 15, 2016
Categories: 
 
 
Put Paul Laine, Bruno Ravel and Rob Marcello together and you just know something special will evolve. The Danger Danger alumni join forces for the first time together as a trio, even if it’s a virtual trio, with the 3 members all recording in their own individual studios.
Laine is still revered for his work with Bruno Ravel over 4 studio albums with Danger Danger (alongside Andy Timmons and Steve West) and of course Rob Marcello has been touring with the guys for years and most recently delivered an outstanding performance on the band’s Revolve album (with Ted Poley). If that confuses you, then you haven’t been paying attention to some of the best music of the last two decades!
 
The Defiants was born out of a desire for a new rock vehicle for Paul Laine (alongside his country Dark Horse project) and a project for Rob and Bruno in lieu of any new D2 material.
 
Despite individually recording, the album has a very cohesive feel. Tying it all together is a brilliant mix from Bruno and some bright, dynamic performances from all, a real achievement when considering the circumstances.
 
The result is almost exactly as expected. There’s a huge chunk of Four The Hard Way and Gildersleeves (Paul’s vocals and Bruno’s production) and some Revolve as well (thanks to Rob’s guitar style); but The Defiants also has its own feel.
Most noticeable for me was some of the choruses – they are super slick and more 80s sounding than the darker edge of the Laine fronted D2 albums.
 
Track for track, there’s just one great song after another. With perhaps one exception that will be down to personal taste.
Love & Bullets and When The Lights Go Down are both high energy melodic rockers with so much to love about them. Waiting On A Heartbreak is an even more melodic anthem with some brilliant vocals and a ton of shred and Runaway sees the introduction of some piano on a neat little feel good song with a monster commercial chorus. You just can’t help but sing along here.
Perfection all the way thus far.
 
Then a small bump in the road. I’m not digging Lil' Miss Rock'n'roll. It’s one of those swaggering bluesy rockers that mentions a bunch of classic song titles and is just a tad lyrically cheesy for my tastes. It’s out of character with the rest of the album though, so it’s instantly back into the brilliance with Last Kiss – a track which is exactly what I love about these guys - intense, darker, gritty and a kick ass anthemic chorus that rolls along at pace.
Save Me Tonight is a slow 6 minute moody, brooding ballad/rocker that slows the album for the first time. Huge vocal here from Paul and a wonderfully constructed slower track.
 
Take Me Back is pure Danger Danger – up tempo, fun, retro and delivers another set of great hooks.
We All Fall Down is another highlight for me – it again has that grittier edge of Laine fronted D2. Attitude laced vocals and a choppy riff, a melodic bridge and a big chorus hook….love it.
That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You is the second rock ballad of the album. At nearly 7 minutes the song does feel longer than others, but it’s still over in a flash. Emotive vocals, moody guitars and an expanded Def Leppard style musical base.
 
Closing out the album is one of the best tracks onboard – the fast paced anthemic rocker Underneath The Stars which is just pure brilliance. Perfect Paul Laine, Danger Danger and melodic rock all round. Big riffs, big chorus, big smiles.

So The Defiants is essentially a modern day Paul Laine meets Danger Danger 4 The Hard Way and Return Of The Great Gildersleeves, but with a stronger 80s feel; all mixed with latter day D2 in Revolve plus a touch of its own uniqueness.
Basically the perfect album for fans of Danger Danger/Paul Laine and all fans of brilliant, super catchy, hard edged melodic rock.
The production style had a sound a little left of what I expected, but the songs deliver everything I wanted. Huge!
 
Score: 
98
 
Fri
19
Feb

THE DEFIANTS Debut Stands Tall on April 15

Artist: 
Friday, April 15, 2016
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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of THE DEFIANTS self-titled debut album on April 15, 2016.
 
The Defiants is a new band put together by Paul Laine, Bruno Ravel and Rob Marcello. Three fabulous musicians, all with ties to the great hard rock band Danger Danger.
 
Best known for being Danger Danger's frontman for a 12 year stint from 1992-2004, which included 4 studio albums, Paul Laine is now coming back to work with his former bandmates Bruno Ravel and Rob Marcello, who are the other two pillars of THE DEFIANTS.
 
The guys got back together under suggestion of Frontiers' President, Serafino Perugino, who really wanted to offer the fans a chance to hear some new music from these guys. The resulting album is an extremely exciting affair which is going to please not only D2 fans, but also all the ones who are into the classic sound from the glory days of rock in the '80s and '90s.
 
Paul Laine says 'From the moment Bruno and I started writing together,we knew we had something special. It's been my experience that when the writing process is effortless, you've trapped lightning in a bottle'within the first 2 1/2 months, we had close to 40 ideas up on the board. I think it surprised both of us how intuitive we were of each others ideas. I'm very proud of this record, and it feels good to let loose on an album of complete stadium rockers. Rob Marcello, I consider to be one of the biggest talents in the world of modern guitar players. I love how much he shines on this record, and from track to track, I couldn't wait to hear what he had to say musically. On a personal note, it feels good to hit another musical and writing milestone with this album. It was very hard to choose the material for this record,and its exciting to know that there are still bullets left in the chamber that nobody has heard yet...'
 
Bruno Ravel adds 'I'm so stoked for you all to hear this record! It was so much fun to create, and that feeling will be very evident once you give it a listen. Paul and Rob poured every bit of themselves into these tracks, and their performances were just ridiculous! Add that to the aggressive killer drum pounding that only my good buddy, Van Romaine could deliver, and you have what equals a bonafide rock 'n' roll roller coaster! Strap yourselves in folks! And get ready for the ride!'
 
THE DEFIANTS is a glorious return to the 'in your face' melodic hard rock that won millions of fans back in the '80s and '90s and is currently enjoying a well deserved revival in the 21st century.
 
THE DEFIANTS are set to appear live at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (Milano), Italy on April 24, 2016, where the band will perform classic tracks from Paul Laine's solo career, some Danger Danger hits (of course) and songs off The Defiants debut!
 
THE DEFIANTS tracklisting:
 
Intro (For A Few Dollars More - Carillon's Theme)
Love And Bullets
When The Lights Go Down
Waiting On A Heartbreak
Runaway
Lil' Miss Rock'n'roll
Last Kiss
Save Me Tonight
Take Me Back
We All Fall
That's When I'll Stop Loving You
Underneath The Stars
 
THE DEFIANTS:
 
Paul Laine - vocals
Bruno Ravel - bass guitar, guitars, keyboards
Rob Marcello - lead guitars
With
Van Romaine - drums
 
 
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