SMACKBOUND TO RELEASE 20/20 ON JUNE 12
Smackbound is a relatively new band out of Finland. The band was formed back in 2015 by the ultra talented Netta Laurenne. She has previously lent her vocal talents to bands like Amorphis, Lordi, Black Sun, and Elvenking to name a few. She a classically trained singer that has also dabbled in pop, jazz and folk singing. She’s also an actress, appearing as Venla Korhonen in the Netflix series Bordertown. She also plays Nini Korhonen on the Finish series Hotel Swan Helsinki.
The band is rounded out by Teemu Mäntysaari of Wintersun on guitar. Rolf Pilve from Stratovarius on drums. VIli Itäpelto and Tuomas Yli-Jaskari from Tracedawn respectively on keys and bass. Take a ride down YouTube rabbit hole, and see the band flawlessly covering Dio’s “Don’t Talk To Strangers“, Deep Purple’s “Burn“, Whitesnake’s “Still Of The Night” and Yngwie Malmsteen’s “I’ll See The Light Tonight“. They are no slouches to say the least.
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“Those Who Burn” is the fourth single off of the album 20/20. The album drops on June 12th. They previously released videos for “Drive It Like You Stole It”, “Wall Of Sleep” and “Run”. What drew me to the band is Netta’s voice. Let’s be honest, there are a lot of beautiful singers in hard rock and metal nowadays. It’s a lot harder to find someone with her vocal talent, than someone that’s as aesthetically pleasing. It reminds me of hearing a pop singer with killer pipes and think “wow, I wish she’d release a hard rock or metal album.” I’ve thought this a ton of times, but it never happens. Netta is doing just this, and I’m thrilled.
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Check out the video for “Those Who Burn” here:
You can pre-order or stream 20/20 here.