L.A. Guns will release a new studio album entitled ‘Black Diamonds’ on 14th April via Frontiers. Produced by founding member and guitarist Tracii Guns, ‘Black Diamonds’ is another tour-de-force by the long-running hard rockers that is guaranteed to please their legion of followers. The song ‘You Betray’ is available today as the first single from the record.
Written and recorded during 2022, ‘Black Diamonds’ sees Guns, vocalist Phil Lewis and co. continuing on the same inspiring and successful musical journey that has already reaped the recent albums ‘The Missing Peace’ (2017), ‘The Devil You Know’ (2019) and ‘Checkered Past’ (2021). While not shying away from flexing their hard rock muscles, the Gunners have also incorporated introspective acoustic songs reflective of their ’70s classic rock influences on what is a highly varied set.
From their self-titled 1988 debut right up to the aforementioned and widely praised comeback records, Guns and Lewis have always delivered solid rock ‘n’ roll to their fans. Ever since reuniting as L.A. Guns in 2017, a rekindling of creative energy has continued unabated, with ‘Black Diamonds’ showing no sign of this renaissance slowing any time soon.
Unlike many of their peers, L.A. Guns were never pretty poster boys, but more the sort of outfit you would be terrified to bump into in a dark alley. However, despite having the songs to back up that streetwise image, they have also written numerous moving, powerful numbers such as ‘The Ballad Of Jayne’, proving that there have always been serious songwriting chops on display.
From their powerful early years to the prolific activity since Guns and Lewis reunited, the history of L.A, Guns has been well documented, but suffice to say that the duo have been the driving force behind their classic songs. As excited and inspired today as when they started out, but with years of experience and wisdom behind them (not to mention a renewed, stronger creative and personal relationship), they have just hit a new peak.
1 You Betray
2 Wrong About You
6 Shattered Glass
7 Gonna Lose
8 Got It Wrong
11 Like A Drug
Produced by Tracii Guns
Phil Lewis – vocals
Tracii Guns – electric & acoustic guitars, Mellotron
Ace Von Johnson – electric guitars
Johnny Martin – bass, electric guitars
Shawn Duncan – drums (live)
Adam Hamilton – drums (studio), string arrangements