RIAN, Swedish based melodic rock band, released their debut album “Out Of The Darkness” in July 2017, which was well received by fans and melodic rock media alike. The band made its live debut during 2018, which began the process of the band becoming more and more of a live unit. Add the amazing lead guitars of Tobias Jakobsson into the mix with the band and you have the cocktail that makes up the RIAN 2.0 sound.

RIAN's sophomore album, “Twenty-Three,” that took shape under the direction of producer Daniel Flores (Find Me, The Murder Of My Sweet) will be released via Frontiers Music Srl on July 16, 2021.


June 1

Here it is! The second single and video 'In the Dark'

May 11

Here it is! The first single and video ‘STOP’ from our new album “Twenty-Three”.

The album will be released on the 16th of July 2021. We love this album and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Please visit Frontiers Music Srl for further release details:

May 4, 2021

We're proud to present the cover art for the upcoming album "Twenty-Three".
Release date soon to be announced by Frontiers Music srl.

A special thanks to Oleg Shcherbakov @voodoodarkart for the amazing artwork and to our friend Agnes Hustler @agneshustler acting cover model.

Jul 13, 2020

We are super proud to announce that our second album called “Twenty-three” will be released on a newly signed multi-album deal with Frontiers Music srl. The album is in the making together with producer Daniel Flores. Stay tuned for more updates in the months to come!

Jan 6, 2020

Finally - studio work commenced for our second album. Once again we have the pleasure of working with producer Daniel Flores - the bar has been raised for sure!

Oct 12, 2018

First live video from MelodicRockFestival Scandinavia uploaded, more to come, enjoy!

Apr 13, 2018

RIAN licenses "Out of the Darkness" for Award-Winning Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham movie "Double Vision".

Dec 21, 2017

We're super stoked to announce that Tobias Jakobsson (Netherbird, RIKET) is coming onboard on lead guitar! He's an awesome guitarist with broad experience and superb feeling, contributing to the future sound of RIAN.

Welcome to the band man - YOU ROCK!


'Out of the Darkness'

'Out of the Darkness' - Digital

Full lenght 11-track debut album available on all digital platforms

'Out of the Darkness' - CD

[including acoustic bonus track]


Price incl. VAT & shipping costs worldwide

Hurry up and grab one of few rare copies left in stock, there will not be any reissues!



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Reviews - Out of the Darkness album


"...Throughout the album we have beautiful, crystal-clear vocals, wonderful

melodic guitars and rhythmic bass & drums..."

"...Not only is it one of the best releases of July, but among the best of 2017 for sure!..."


Grande Rock

"...Richard has a great voice and along with the fine melodic choruses, those who fancy this kind of music will be quite happy at long last..."

"...'Out of the Darkness' is a very good debut which showcases that RIAN is not only here to stay but they have the potential to go further..."


"...In short, my dear friends, Rian comes as great news for contemporary AOR / Melodic Rock enthusiasts. Their sound is very classy and, at various times, reminded me of H.E.A.T. in its current phase..."

"...the songs are well-crafted and the band plays its part properly. And that means A’s in my book. A great band, a beautiful album, a pleasant surprise..."


"...An album from Northern Europe which succeeds thanks to the easy listening approach of its well-built melodic hard rock..."



"...Out Of The Darkness" is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and innovative debuts of the year, providing a "new air" to the genre and attracting young listeners..."

"...It is a trio and they sound like they are double, the rhythm base is powerful..."

"...I love this sound! Great guitar solos throughout the song and very infectious rhythmic..."


"...With multiple influences ranging from hard rock typed 80's (as on the phenomenal title Out Of The Darkness that opens the album), to an American AOR kind BON JOVI more modern, RIAN shines a thousand lights on these 11 songs very melodic...."

"...Out Of The Darkness is an absolutely monstrous album, I assure you! A new Scandinavian star now shines in the firmament of melodic hard rock and it's RIAN !!!..."


"...along with fine hooks and melodic choruses, very good backing and a great amount of musical accessibility, the trio has a modern approach of their musical work. It’s amazing!..."

Originality: 8

Songwriting: 10

Memorability: 7

Production: 8


"...Out of the Darkness has pretty much everything you’d look for in an old school melodic rock album..."

"...Rian makes one hell of a first impression with Out of the Darkness. This is an album that’s sure to please fans of more recent melodic rock acts like Palace, One Desire and Cruzh as well as the classic artists like Giant, Dare, Winger and Von Groove..."

The band

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Photos by Annika Falkuggla 2020