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22 October 2023

Rival Sons’ New Album ‘Lightbringer’ Is Out Now

Rival Sons Lightbringer Album Out Now
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Rival Sons’ much-anticipated new album, Lightbringer is out now via Low Country Sound / Atlantic Records

Lightbringer notably marks the group’s second full-length offering released in 2023, following June’s critically acclaimed companion album Darkfighter.

“Rival Sons prove there is always room for light to get in,” attested Classic Rock in a review of the new collection while MOJO raved “‘Mercy’ takes them to a new level and Mosaic may yet become their career defining epic.” American Songwriter noted that the LP “offers an energizing escape from everyday worries,” and All About Rock avowed, “beyond accolades, it should see them inundated with a whole new generation of fans whose lives are suddenly soundtracked by Rival Sons.”

Rival Sons crafted Lightbringer and Darkfighter during the same sessions over the course of 2021. Once again, they recorded with creative confidant and longtime producer Dave Cobb behind the board. The band initially dropped Darkfighter to unanimous praise earlier this summer. Classic Rock attested, “Darkfighter might just be Rival Sons’ masterpiece,” and GLIDE Magazine enthused, “Darkfighter is a lean hard rock album that condenses what Rival Sons does well into a brief attack.” At the same time, they have piled up millions of streams across the likes of Nobody Wants To Die, Bird in the Hand, Rapture and more.

About Lightbringer, Scott said, “When you do two albums back-to-back like this, there are a lot of things to think about. The first record has to pack enough of a punch and tell enough of a story for the second half to have an even bigger impact. We balanced them out with energy and meaning, but the follow-up always needed to deliver a bigger blow. I think Lightbringer provides this.”

Jay added, “Darkfighter is a new Rival Sons, and Lightbringer is the clear definition of what we are now. We broke ground on Darkfighter, but Lightbringer is a step beyond the personal innovation and exploration. It goes a little further. We really took everything into our own hands and pushed to see how far we could go. It was a self-exploration to see who we were and who we’ll be now. We had more friction and compromise than ever, because we isolated the bare essence of where we needed to go—and then we went there.”

Rival Sons recently concluded a U.S. tour with The Smashing Pumpkins and are currently selling out venues across Europe on a long-awaited return to their European fanbase. Known for their live performances Rival Sons have not skipped a beat delivering Darkfighter and Lightbringer new tracks to UK audiences this week.

RushonRock declared, “More than a decade down the line and the peerless frontman is in an ethereal league of his own — celebrating the Sons’ ever-evolving catalogue with the confidence of an empowered artist at one with his work.” Metal Talk affirmed, “From start to finish, this was a show that will ring in the grateful ears of – I can only assume – everyone who bore witness to it. This really is the year of Rival Sons. And it ain’t over yet.” The tour continues tonight with a performance at Cambridge Corn Exchange in Cambridge, U.K. and runs through the end of November.  Visit the band’s official website for further information on all Rival Sons’ upcoming dates.

Buy Lightbringer here.


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