The mighty rock quartet Giant is set to release their fifth studio album, Shifting Time, on January 21. Now anchored by founding members David Huff and Mike Brignardello, the two are joined by guitarist John Roth (Winger, Starship with Mickey Thomas, Jimi Jamison) and singer Kent Hilli (Perfect Plan).
After more than a decade since their last album, the band is back with new music that showcases their perfect blend of melodic rock sound. Founding member Dann Huff has given his seal of approval and appears on lead guitar on the song “Never Die Young”.
Fans can get a taste of Shifting Time with the release of the single and video for “Never Die Young”. Watch the video below and pre-order / record Shifting Time on CD / LP / Cassette / Digital here.
It’s been over a decade since Giant released any new music and drummer David Huff said, âWe’re so happy people are hearing ‘Shifting Time’! wait. Thanks to everyone at Frontiers and especially the fans for their continued support for Giant !! We would love to have a few live dates in 2022, if that’s something the fans would love to see, then I hope we see you there! “
âWe have worked so hard and are very happy and proud of this record,â continues Huff. “I was so impressed with Kent’s voice when I first heard it! It matched our sound perfectly and we are delighted to have it on board,” he adds of the new singer Kent Hilli.
“Wow, man, what can I say? Being asked to be the new vocalist of my all-time favorite band, Giant, was, and still is, mind-blowing! I still have trouble grasping everything. I’m tempted to use some movie quote (“You know I’m just a regular guy who grew up with the posters of these guys on my wall … and now I’m one of them! C ‘is true, I’ I’m standing here, living proof that if you work hard enough and want it enoughâ¦ dreams come true then follow your dreams. “) but I won’t, haha. But seriously, this is exactly how I feel. I still remember hearing Giant’s debut album, “Last Of The Runaways”, in 1989, which totally knocked me off the chair I was sitting on. Since then, I have probably listened to their music every week. And now I work with David, Mike, John, and also Alessandro has been a blessing and I am very proud of the album and the music that we have created together. These guys are true professionals and I am blessed beyond words to be a part of this and David, Mike and John have been so supportive and welcoming. I’m also very grateful to Frontiers for making this possible and giving us this opportunity and look forward to posting the so ngs for everyone to hear, âsays Kent Hilli of joining Giant.
Originally formed in the late 1980s by brothers Dann and David Huff, along with experienced jazz and rock keyboardist Alan Pasqua and Nashville session bassist Mike Brignardello, Giant would become, with the release of their debut album “Last of The Runaways” (A&M Records, 1989), one of the most respected bands on the melodic hard rock scene. After countless live performances in support of their debut, the band released the follow-up “Time to Burn” (Epic, 1991), an album still considered a primary source of influence for many melodic and hard rock bands. that followed. With the sudden change in the musical climate in the early 90s, Giant broke away from its members and got involved in different projects, with Dann and David Huff becoming highly respected producers.
In 2001, Frontiers prompted Giant to release “III”, an album that would prove to be a milestone in the growth of the new era melodic rock scene, particularly in Europe. Unfortunately, Dann’s busy schedule, as well as the commitments of other members, made the meeting impossible to continue as originally planned; However, the vision of bringing Giant back as a band with recording and touring training was something the band were always willing to explore, even if Dann had to walk away. So the original members, drummer David Huff and bassist Mike Brignardello, with Dann’s blessing, began an endless search for the right musicians who could be part of a renewed Giant line-up. In the end, the choice fell on singer Terry Brock (Strangeways, Seventh Key) and guitarist John Roth (Winger, Starship). The resulting album, “Promise Land”, quickly became a fan favorite, featuring top quality compositions and performances. Giant, however, is in hibernation again, with the exception of a one-time show in 2017, where the original band members gathered on a Nashville club stage for a charity event.
Even before this unique live appearance, Serafino Perugino, president and director of A&R for Frontiers Records, had constantly contacted David Huff to make another Giant album. (Literally years and years of convincing David that fans wanted another Giant album.) With the one-off live event again sparking fans’ interest, Serafino and David Huff resumed talks to see s ‘they could manage to find the right formula for a new Giant album. When Swedish band Perfect Plan released a cover of the original Giants hit “Stay” in 2019, all the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place. Serafino knew Giant was Kent’s all-time favorite band and vocally Hilli certainly had the chops to fill Dann Huff’s really big shoes, so he introduced him to David Huff and Mike Brignardello. They were impressed with Hilli and were excited to have him take on the lead vocals for the next version of Giant. Kent also brought his songwriting skills to the fold and with other songwriters such as Alessandro Del Vecchio, Kristian Fyhr and Pete Alpenborg (and contributions from Jonas Eriksson and Mike Palace) the resulting album will be a absolute joy and delight for melodic rock. lovers.
Truly, the production, songwriting, and performance shine throughout Shifting Time.
Shifting Time was produced by David Huff, Mike Brignardello and Alessandro Del Vecchio. Mixing and mastering was done by Del Vecchio for Frontiers Productions. Serafino Perugino is executive producer.
List of tracks:
“Let our love win”
“Never die young”
“Don’t say a word”
“My breath took”
“The highway of love”
“It is not finished”
“The price of love”
“Stand up straight”
“I do not want to lose you”
“I walk alone”
“Never Die Young” video:
Video “Let our love win”:
Kent Hilli – Lead vocals
John Roth – Guitar
Mike Brignardello – Bass
David Huff – Drums
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboard, Choir