Heaven & Earth, a band which released their debut album in the year 2000, will return with their fifth studio album on July 16, 2021. Aptly titled “V”, a first taste of the album (and the band’s new line-up) is now available below through the video for the single “Drive”.
Heaven & Earth’s line-up now includes Gianluca Petralia (vocals), Stuart Smith (guitars), Lynn Sorensen (bass), George Barabas (Hammond organ and keyboard), and Simon Wright (drums, percussion). Mike Mangan provides additional keyboards.
“V” is said to feature music in the vein of Rainbow, early Whitesnake, and Bad Company. “Personally, I feel that this is our best album yet. It has a much harder edge than the previous albums. The chemistry between the new musicians was amazing,” says guitarist Stuart Smith.
“It’s been an incredible five-month ride made of impulsive writing and recording with outstanding musicians I’m now honored to call friends. From the very beginning, it felt like this album was already there. It just needed to be delivered…it was like a scream to exorcise the bleak reality we’re living right now,” says vocalist Gianluca Petralia.
“I’ve been a big fan of Heaven & Earth since their first album so when Stuart asked me to join the band it was like something any fan or musician could dream of. I enjoyed the whole recording process and we had lay down some serious hard rock songs for this new record,” adds keyboardist George Barabas.
“Heaven & Earth ‘V’ is rock before it became polished like jewelry. It’s attitude with dirt on its face. As two of our members were in different countries it was logistically challenging to record, but everyone rallied together like a great band should,” says bassist Lynn Sorensen.
“I’m glad I had the opportunity to play on this Heaven and Earth album. Incredible musicians and some classy songwriting,” says drummer Simon Wright.