Vandenberg is back! The band has a fresh lineup and a new album in the bag, simply titled “2020”. Produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie), “2020” obviously showcases the talent of Whitesnake alumni Adrian Vandenberg, and also brings two other Dutch talents in the rhythm section: bassist Randy van der Elsen (of NWOBHM heroes Tank) and drummer Koen Herfst, (Bobby Kimball (Toto), Epica and Doro). On the vocals department, we are rewarded once again with the powerful delivery of one of the best frontmen of this generation, Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Lords of Black).
Much like he did on Whitesnake, Vandenberg’s Moonkings and on the short-lived project Manic Eden, Adrian‘s focus on the new album is on catchy and melodic riffs, carefully designed to favor the song and the players around him, rather than trying to shine on his own. This is apparent on the end result of the album, where every player has room to display their skills. You don’t spend thirteen years as a songwriter in Whitesnake without learning a thing or two about composing addictive, in-your-face hard rock songs! As the last note of “2020” hits, the longtime fans of melodic, heavy music will feel reassured that this style is alive and well.
Sonic Perspectives relentless collaborator Rodrigo Altaf spoke with Adrian Vandenberg at length, and they discussed the writing process of the album, how each member joined the band, what he had in mind regarding the music to include in the record, and obviously past and present endeavors. Listen to their chat in the links below, and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, Sonic Perspectives is on Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter and YouTube, where you can be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.