Grand Design
Time Elevation
Style: Melodic Metal
Release date: October 23rd 2009

The info sheet states Def Leppard, Scorpions and Europe as big influences on these five Swedes, and if you add Firehouse to the mix you should have a pretty good idea of their style and sound. Biggest influence is without a doubt Def Leppard, and I bet 'Hysteria' and 'Adrenalize' have had their fair amount of spins before they wrote these ten songs.

Well known producer and engineer Pelle Saether (Ex-Zeelion, Zello etc.) started this as a project back in 2006 and along the way he brought in drummer Richard Holmgren (Ex-Vanessa, Wolf) and guitarist Peter Ledin (Ex-Vanessa) and all of a sudden the project had become a real band. The bass for the album was done by Anders Mood (Wolf) and Dennis Vestman (Ex-Steel Attack) did some additional guitar work, and 'Time Elevation' had become a reality.

The sound has strong roots in the 80's and the big choirs play a prominent role in the song structures. Pelle has a strong voice and fits the music perfectly, the two guitarists delivers some blistering guitar leads and the album is very well balanced and well produced. If you count those two album mentioned above among your favourites then there's no way around this album, and I am sure melodic metal fans around the globe will dig this album a lot...


01. Love Sensation
02. Slugged Out
03. Air It Out
04. Piece of the Action
05. Sad Sound of Goodbye
06. No Time for Love
07. Hello Mr. Heartache
08. Let's Go Down Fighting
09. Sheik Iddup
10. Love Will Know

Label: Metal Heaven
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: September 27th 2009
Website: Grand Design @ MySpace