After spending the second half of 2016 working with producer Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye, Find Me, The Murder of My Sweet), RIAN's powerful debut album 'Out Of The Darkness' was released worldwide on July 22, 2017 via MelodicRock Records.
"...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!..."
"...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..."
"...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!..."
"...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..."
Dec 21, 2017
We're super stoked to announce that Tobias Jakobsson is coming onboard on the 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!
Apr 13, 2018
RIAN licenses "Out of the Darkness" for Award-Winning Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham movie "Double Vision".
Oct 12, 2018
First live video from MelodicRockFestival Scandinavia uploaded, more to come, enjoy!
Nov 28, 2019
Work with RIAN2 continues and we'll soon be hitting the studio, stay tuned!
Jan 6, 2020
Finally - studio work commenced for our second album - the bar has been raised for sure!
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