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the album cover

the album cover

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Luna Rise - (c) Kristin Mueller

Luna Rise – (c) Kristin Mueller

DARK DAYS & BRIGHT NIGHTS is so much more than just an album of great rock songs or stunning instrumental performances. It is more than the ominous blend of crunching guitar riffs, the arpeggiated solos and the soaring vocal melodies and bass-lines. Jarring and alluring at the same time, it is the intricate layers of sound that enter and exit at will, as well as the really complex, engaging hooks that penetrate your subconscious as each song moves through its intrinsic contrasts.

DARK DAYS & BRIGHT NIGHTS is a powerful piece of music, complete with head-banging guitar riffs and keyboard soundscapes with melodic but muscular lead vocals. But what’s unique and excellent about LUNA RISE is how they write and perform actual melodies, and their ability to mix in a variety of volumes, tempos and textures. The album is a vigorous, empowering, never-stopping set of rock tracks that hits you fast and hard. It feels so epic when you listen through the tracks. Though it displays pure power DARK DAYS & BRIGHT NIGHTS shows the band’s dynamic ability to use soft and smooth all the way through to angry and loud!

LUNA RISE: Chris Divine: Vocals, Talkbox, Acoustic Guitars, Additional Electric Guitars – L.X.: Keys, Backing Vocals – Andy Earth: Rhythm + Lead Guitars – Rob Rocket: Bass – Loup-Garou: Drums.

Check Out More about Luna Rise:
Luna Rise – Official Website : http://www.lunarisemusic.com
Listen To Luna Rise @ Spotify : https://play.spotify.com/artist/2gOyUqu0HAnxk3neoxqXud
Listen To Luna Rise @ Deezer : http://www.deezer.com/artist/4649884
Luna Rise @ Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/lunarise
Luna Rise @ Bandcamp : http://luna-rise.bandcamp.com
Luna Rise @ ITunes : https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/luna-rise/id482267037
Luna Rise @ Google Play : https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Luna_Rise?id=Autah5gh7tbygcweyu7xfawim4u
Luna Rise @ NRT-Records : http://www.nrt-records.com/luna_rise_eng.html

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