Tuff frontman Stevie Rachelle reviews the new Sunbomb single feat. Michael Sweet and Tracii Guns
Sunbomb consisting of Stryper frontman Michael Sweet on lead vocals, L.A. Guns founder Tracii Guns on guitar, ex-L.A. Guns member Adam Hamilton on drums and Mitch Davis on bass just released a lyric video for their debut single “No Tomorrows” earlier today. Sunbomb‘s debut album Evil And Divine will be available via Frontiers Music Srl on May 14, 2021.
Frontiers Records has received some criticism over the years for getting various artists together to record an album with sometimes disappointing results.
Some projects have been seemingly quite successful such as Black Swan consisting of lead vocalist Robin McAuley (Michael Schenker Group), bassist Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake, Dokken) and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big, Faithsedge) who released the well received album Shake The World last year. Some projects have seemingly never got off the ground such as Dream Child consisting of guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio, Giuffria, Dio Disciples, Resurrection Kings, Eisley/Goldy), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, Operation: Mindcrime), guitarist / keyboardist Wayne Findlay (MSG) and lead vocalist Diego Valdez (Helker).
Tuff frontman and Metal Sludge principal Stevie Rachelle has provided his opinion on the Sunbomb project and debut single. The following message was posted on one of Rachelle‘s Facebook pages earlier today:
BOMB is right!
Reviewed by me… Happy Facebooking!
Frontiers Demos Presents…
Sweet & Guns… upon first listen…the vocals are too low in the mix and the drums way too loud.
It also sounds like a rehearsal jam that the band do before they get ready to rehearse the “Songs” for the set.
With the Jesus lyrics laid over the top…. and those annoying screams he’s been doing and went out of style in 1985!
This is what happens when 1 person turns all the knobs, on 3-4 projects at a time from his extra bedroom.
Then you also have Lynch & Sweet…
Lynch & Mason…
Pilson & Lynch…
Add guitarist, add singer, give them $10-15k, demo a batch of songs at home studio, come up with a band name, release it.
Then there is a “you get this much” and “I’ll keep this much” and “we will use this much for this” or that.
Then it’s waking up on some random weekday and the guys think: “I better go plug in, I have to write 12 songs for that new record.”
And a bunch of random licks are now formulated into complete songs. And the singer grabs a pen and starts jotting down, “Because he died for our sins…..”
Rinse, repeat and the deadline is in 30 days. Not withstanding the mix of course. Which will all be done in a matter of hours or a few days for all.
No live show will happen, or tour, or similar.
Not enough demand, no promoter would pay for it, and not enough people would buy a ticket.
Same reason they didn’t buy or attend Devil City Angels.
The few live shows those guys went around and did were, ummm… nothing to write home about.
The (few) fans that attended said they were acting like they were Led Zepplin.
Yeah… like the crash of that Zepplin.
The sad part for these artists…they won’t see another dime…and the labels will sell the CDs, the vinyl, the digital and probably swag til eternity.
There is nothing organic here…it’s an email offer, a pay check, and then a phone call happens and here you have it…. Sun Bomb.
Bomb is right.
Frontiers basically have Sweet, Lynch, Pilson and Guns on speed dial.
2 Stars out of 5.
1 star for Tracii Guns rock star name and history, and 1 star for the Jesus freak and his brand.
The rest… these are all throw away riffs that didn’t make the latest L.A. Guns or Stryper records.
There ya go…now call me jealous and a jerk, I could give a f#@k.