L.A. Guns Black Diamonds
Release Date: April 14, 2023
Label: Frontiers Music
Produced by founding member and guitarist Tracii Guns, Black Diamonds is a tour-de-force of rock 'n roll that fans have come to expect from the long-running hard rockers, L.A. Guns.
Written and recorded over the course of 2022, Black Diamonds finds Tracii Guns, Phil Lewis, and company continuing on the same successful and inspiring sonic journey that they've been taking on their most recent albums, Checkered Past, The Devil You Know, and The Missing Peace. The band doesn't shy away from flexing their hard rock influences as they always have, but also incorporates more introspective acoustic tracks reflective of their classic rock influences from the '70s, a combination creating a potent and highly listenable cocktail of an album.
Since their self-titled debut in 1988 to their widely praised recent suite of "comeback" albums, L.A. Guns have always delivered solid rock ‘n roll to their fans. Since Tracii and Phil reunited under the banner of L.A. Guns in 2017, a rekindling of the band's creative energy has been continuing unabated over the course of, now, four studio albums. Black Diamonds shows no signs of this renaissance slowing down.
The story of how we got from the band’s powerful early years to a fourth new studio album in the relatively short time that Guns and Lewis have reunited has already been well documented, so no need to rehash it. What’s important to know and understand is that the driving force of all those classic L.A. Guns songs was Tracii and Phil. Feeling inspired and excited like they did when they first started out, but with many years of wisdom and experience under their belts, and most importantly, a renewed and stronger creative and personal relationship, Guns, Lewis, and L.A. Guns as a whole are at a creative peak.