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BLACKRAIN - Released

US Release : UDRA64823

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Swan Hellion (vocals, guitar)
Axel Charpentier (guitar, backing vocals)
Matthieu De La Roche (bass, backing vocals)
Frank Frusetta (drums, backing vocals)
Produced by: Jack Douglas
Engineered by: Warren Huart
Mixed by : Jack Douglas, Warren Huart, Swan Hellion
Mastered by: Ryan Smith, Jack Douglas
Formed in 2006 in the French Alps and with four self-produced albums under their belts (not to mention numerous gigs in France, Europe and Japan) this charismatic quartet know for a fact that 2016 is undoubtedly the most important year of their career to date. Recorded in both Paris and Los Angeles in the early part of 2015, “Released” is the result of many months of collaboration between BlackRain and Jack Douglas who, prior to recording, spent weeks listening and analyzing tons of demos in order to come up with the best songs and create the best arrangements, applying his magic touch to the whole process. Warren Huart, Aerosmith’s sound engineer, along with Jack, mixed the tracks at the Spitfire Studio in Laurel Canyon. With straight-forward, catchy tunes like "Back in Town" (the first single and lyric video), "Eat You Alive", "Puppet on a String", the sharp edged "Mind Control” or the more poppy “Electric Blue”, BlackRain remind us that this gang grew up to the sound of WASP, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Skid Row, Ratt and Mötley Crüe, dangerous, edgy, raucous and fun with a constant trail of danger in the main vein. Other tracks suggest different influences; "Run Tiger Run" is a mesmerizing groover, "Killing Me" and “Fade to Black” offer powerful mid-tempos, while “Words Ain’t Enough” brings a more acoustic flavor to the table. With its anthemic choirs and hook “Rock My Funeral” is probably the most Punk-fueled track of the album. All written by Swan, these tracks prove that BlackRain use their music influences uniquely, setting themselves apart with originality. Through its different approach and chorus, "One Last Prayer", the last track on the album, proves without reasonable doubt that BlackRain can never be labeled as “followers”.
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