Under The Influence (CD)

by Thief In The Night

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"Mind numbingly good!" - That Metal Blog' "...great heavy guitar riffs, and a metal vocal style" - PlanetMosh
Combine elements of Soundgarden, Alter Bridge, Black Sabbath, Metallica & Creed and you'll find their high energy & hard rocking sound. With soaring melodies from Johnny Rossa's powerful vocals and the heavy guitar riffs of 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 still 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.

Thief In The Night brings a fresh modern sound to their heavy, melodic hard rock clearly rooted in classic rock bands. 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, Tool, Alter Bridge and Creed, they are clearly rooted in the classics of bands such as 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; 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 guy I could hope to get to work with”. Rossa brings his skills and experience to 'Thief In The Night' that include work with some of the best including Mark Tremonti of Creed/Alter Bridge; members of Pink, Bush, Cheap Trick's bands to name a few and has toured with artists such as Puddle of Mudd whom he played harmonica and keys for on the road which included an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

"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. Cooke has recorded and toured with a lengthy list of artists including Five For Fighting, Smash Mouth, Kelly Clarkson, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Colin Hay (of Men at Work), Mick Jagger to name a few as well as toured in Ringo Starr's band. Randy currently resides in Los Angeles where he maintains a busy recording/touring schedule.

Eclectic artist, song writer 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 Rafael, whom is by far no stranger to creating great rock music. Besides his own powerful rock trio Magnetico, Rafael has performed as lead guitarist and backing vocalist with some of music’s most recognized artists, ranging from and including Paul Stanley (KISS), Don Felder (The Eagles), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Dave Navarro, Natasha Bedingfield, Tommy Lee, Sheryl Crow and many others. Van Duyn first heard Rafa when he gained a broader fan base while appearing in the House Band for CBS’s Rock Star: INXS and Rock Star: Supernova. Currently lead guitarist as well on season 3 of 'The Voice', Rafael has been drawing fans of broad musical tastes with his intricate guitar-heavy songs and thought-provoking lyrics. “Having Rafa bring that experience and expertise to produce this project has been a 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.

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released August 27, 2012

Vocals: Johnny Rossa; Guitars: Chris Van Duyn; Drums: Randy Cooke; Bass: Rafael Moreira
Tracks 1-5:
Produced, Recorded & Engineered by Rafael Moreira
Mixed by Urban Olsson
Recorded at Music Magnet Studio

Track 6:
Produced by Chris Van Duyn
Engineered, mixed & mastered by Ken Roberts. Recorded at Victoria Underground Studio

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"Mind numbingly good!" - That Metal Blog' "...great heavy guitar riffs, and a metal vocal style" - PlanetMosh
The band features heavy driven riffs, well honed melodies against a massive sounding rhythm section creating a distinct sound that will inevitably draw you in with a powerful allure.
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Track Name: Chasing Utopia
Verse 1:
Imagine a brand new day/Where apathy’s gone away/Compassion and justice reign/No poverty, no wars remain/

Chorus:
Chasing Utopia, truth or lie?/Friend or the enemy you decide/Chasing Utopia its time to see/Only the truth can set us free/

Verse 2:
Consumed by our own progress/Blind to the spoils of its success/
What is the price we pay?/Loosing site of Your way/

Bridge:
The way of man can seem so right/But in the end it’s our demise/To this world I will not conform/By the Truth I am transformed/I once was blind but now I see/The way that we were meant to be/Wipe away every tear/Removing every hidden fear/

I've seen all things under the sun/All of them are meaningless
without You/Like chasing the wind
Track Name: Breaking Through (Out of the Darkness)
Verse 1:
Troubled, troubles without number seem to surround me/Blinded, blinded by fear in this pit of despair/Overtaken by an enemy I cannot see/On my own strength I find I cannot break free/

Chorus:
Out of the darkness, I have come/Chains are broken, this battle is won/No longer weak, this race I can run/I found the strength in you to finish strong/I’m breaking through/

Verse 2:
Crying, crying out to You/You've heard my plea/Rising, rising, lifting me up, out of this miry clay/On wings like an eagle my vision now clear/No longer shadowed by deceit and fear/

Bridge:
Am I fooling myself seeking a lie?/Dreaming? am I chasing a dream or my purpose in life?/Reveal to me what I should be/This one life that You’ve given to me/Seeds of greatness planted within/There’s no time to waist any longer
Track Name: Broken Beyond Repair
Verse 1:
I’m so sick and tired of your hypocrisy/I won't play a part in your masquerade/Living in a cesspool of lies/Now I’m listening to your alibis/Though enticing and seductive I no longer can endure/
The toxic fruit you bear from the seeds of destruction rooted in your affairs/when the truth came out you had your chance to restore/But you took it as your opening to forever close the door/

Chorus:
Broken beyond repair/Nothing can compare/To the web of deceit woven in your lair/Broken beyond repair/Too late to turn back now/The only bridge left has been burnt down to the ground/Broken
beyond repair

Verse 2:
There’s no turning back on this course you have set/It’s up to me to decide if this burden will be my end/Healing only comes when I/Let go and learn to rely/On faith revealed through hope/And a promise of a future where truth is mine/And bitterness and all the pain/forgive but never forget

Bridge:
So now you’ve run into
the arms of the King of second chances/I wish you well but hope to hell/you’ve surrendered once and for all/I know actions always speak louder than words/Not for me to judge but its hard to tell/
if its the truth you preach or just another lie you sell
Track Name: Under The Influence
Instrumental
Track Name: No One Else
Verse 1:
So much bigger than you and I/Is this love that we’ve been given/My best friend, the love of my life/Your beauty reflects the heavens/Always standing by my side/Our love reaches far and wide/When we’re apart your always on my mind/I long for your kiss, more delightful than wine/On my darkest day your smile comes shining through/No one else I’d rather walk through life than with you/

Chorus 1:
No one else better than you, now and forever and ever/Faith and hope and love are the threads that binds us together forever/

Verse 2:
Your face is the work of an artists hands/Eyes like jewels, deep as the sea/The fingerprints of our Creator/Are beautiful to see/In the radiant creation of you, how can it be?/that you have chosen to share your life with me/

Chorus 2:
No one else but you, now and forever and ever/Faith and hope and love are the threads that binds us together forever/No one else can touch me deep in my soul/You’re the best part
of me, the half that makes me whole, now and forever/

On my darkest day your smile comes shining through/No one else I’d rather walk through life than with you/

Verse 3:
Do you remember those days/We held back for
what we longed for/We’d listen to Marvin sing/“Let’s get it on..”
Track Name: Etude for Chelsea
Acoustic Instrumental