Thief In The Night brings a fresh modern sound to their heavy, melodic hard rock clearly rooted in classic rock bands. Combine elements of Soundgarden, Alter Bridge, Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains, Metallica & Creed and you'll find their high energy & hard rocking sound. With soaring melodies from Johnny Rossa's powerful vocals and heavy guitar riffs from Chris Van Duyn's infectious guitar work, the songs will leave you both satisfied yet undoubtedly yearning for more.
'Under The Influence' is the band's first album and features heavy driven riffs, well honed melodies against a massive sounding rhythm section with some occasional well placed interesting odd/mixed meters creating a distinct sound that will inevitably draw you in with a powerful allure. "When we set out to start the album the objective was to have it ROCK while remaining organic, tight and something easily reproduced live," says guitarist Chris Van Duyn. "It's clear we accomplished that goal as the album sounds HUGE but is not layer upon layer of overdubbed guitars and vocals that would never be able to be reproduced in a live setting and retain the same sound." With the priceless support of world-class musicians Rafael Moreira producing (and playing bass) and Randy Cooke on drums the project is a true powerhouse.
The album starts off with Van Duyn's heavy guitar riffs that drive the songs, the powerful vocals of Johnny Rossa takes the songs to a whole other level and cement the power of the fresh sound created out of the classic guitar, bass, drums rock band. With comparisons to more contemporary bands such as Soundgarden, Alter Bridge and Creed, they are clearly rooted in the classics of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath with a little Rush thrown in. The sound is never trendy but is clearly ROCK from beginning to end. They hit you with a lot of energy.
Johnny Rossa's vocals are amazing and bring these songs to life with such passion and energy. Guitar World Magazine writer David Reffet and hard rock and heavy metal guitarist/singer/producer (who founded the band "Shredding the Envelope') says of Rossa's vocals, "reminds me of my buddy Neil Turbin who sang on the first Anthrax CD "Fistful Of Metal." "Truly one of the best and most powerful vocalist around" adds Van Duyn "and by far the most humble and nicest guys I could hope to work with".
"The vocal in this one is slaying!" says Randy Cooke who provided his incredibly powerful and always tasty yet technically sophisticated drum work to the album.
Eclectic artist, songwriter and highly acclaimed guitarist Rafael Moreira produced the album's primary five, full band performances as well as plays bass and co-wrote four of the songs. "I'm proud of what we accomplished" says Rafa, whom is by far no stranger to creating great rock music. "Having Rafa bring that experience and expertise to produce this project has been an honor as he has brought the very best out of every aspect of the songs, the musicianship, the entire sound and so much more," says Van Duyn.
Legendary vocalist, songwriter and actress Dilana says this about the album, “It sounds sick! I have a feeling this CD is gonna go places!”
"Reminds me of the good old rock days! Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Zeppelin, " says Ken Roberts who recently engineered acoustic "unplugged" tracks for Van Duyn & Rossa. ”Reminds me of one of my favorite albums of all time, "Bridge Of Sighs" by guitarist Robin Trower's” adds Roberts.
Turn it up! You won't want to miss this one.
Besides ‘Thief in the Night’s release of ‘Under The Influence’ they also released an acoustic EP, ‘The Akoustic Set’ 11/19/12. ‘The Akoustic Set’ is a stripped down, organic mix (all recorded on Chris’ Breedlove guitars) that highlights vocalist Johnny Rossa’s deep soulful vocal and Van Duyn's acoustic guitar work. It features the classic Led Zeppelin song 'Kashmir' in a unique arrangement that stands on its own; Rossa’s song 'Home Again” and an acoustic instrumental piece to close out the set with 'Etude for Chelsea.'