Grand Design are a band from Sweden who have been around since 2006. “Thrill of the Night” is their third album and it is released through AOR Heaven on 29th September. The band has had a fair degree of success with the previous albums “Time Elevation” (2009) and “Idolizer” (2011) and toured throughout Europe, including the FireFest in Nottingham. Grand Design’s music is influenced by that classic 80’s rock sound and “Thrill of the Night” is full of tracks that are instantly likeable with great guitar riffs and addictive choruses.


Invariably, there have been a few line-up changes over the years. The current line-up of Grand Design consists of Pelle Saether  on vocals, Dennis Vestman and Janne Stark on guitars, Mats Vassfjord on bass and Magnus Ulfstedt on drums. Saether also produced the album. For more information on the band check out

There are ten tracks on “Thrill of the Night”, ranging from big ballads to anthemic rock tunes. My personal favourites are from the latter group, including “Rawk ‘n’ Roll Heart Attack”, “Rip Iddup” and opening track “U Got Me Good”. That being said, there isn’t a track on the album that I could say I didn’t like, which is always a good sign.

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