SUNBOMB - Evil and Divine (2021) CD Stryper LA Guns
SUNBOMBis the highly anticipated new musical alliance between two steadfast warriors of the U.S.hard rock/metal scene,Tracii Guns (L.A.Guns)andMichael Sweet (Stryper).They have put together an absolute blinder of a heavy metal album, melding influences of classic metal bands such asBlack SabbathandJudas PriestwithTracii‘s love of metal subgenres, specifically doom metal.The band’s debut album, “Evil And Divine” was released on May 14, 2021. The first single they released was, ‘No Tomorrows‘ see link below.
Initialized and conceived afterSerafino Perugino, President and A&R director ofFrontiers Music Srl, reached out toTraciiabout working on a new musical project for the label, the idea of a classic heavy metal sounding album was born.The music style on “Evil And Divine” is much heavier than what one would expect from these two musicians and is firmly planted in the ‘metal’ category.WhileTraciiwrote the music for the album, the fact thatMichael Sweethas been writing/playing in an increasingly heavier style in the latter era, and extremely well-received,Stryperalbums made him a very logical choice to sing for the band.And since doom metal, often known for having powerful singers likeMessiah MarcolinfromCandlemass,was a massive influence onTracii’s songwriting here,Sweet‘s ability and range were a perfect match.
Tracii Gunssays,“SUNBOMBwas an idea, then an experiment.When I heard the first vocal completed I was blown away byMichael’s voice.It’s an exciting album!”
Michael Sweetsays,“Hard to believe that I metTraciifor the first time just a few years ago.We hit it off right away and we obviously share the same love for metal.Tracisent me a song and I loved the vibe and then he eventually asked me to sing on the entire album.What I love about it is it’s definitely different not only for me, but forTraciias well.I think fans will love this album and although it’s reminiscent of some of the greatest metal bands of the past, it also has a fresh spin to it.I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Traciileaked the news of the new project in a March 2019 tweet, where he described the project’s debut LP as“the Metal record I would have made when I was 17 years old.”In May 2020, he mentioned on “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” that“TheSUNBOMBrecord is really kind of like[L.A.GUNS‘ 2019 album] ‘The Devil You Know‘ times three.It’s more on the heavy side of ‘The Devil You Know‘ album.And Michael Sweet, he’s a really fantastic metal singer.”
Drums on the album were handled byTracii‘s oldL.A.GunsbandmateAdam Hamiltonand bass was handled byMitch Davis,with the exception of the track ‘They Fought’, which features currentL.A.GunsbassistJohnny Martin.