In their forty-three year (!) recording career, it isn’t unfair to say UK rock stalwarts Def Leppard are known for a pretty steady formula and approach of, in the main, pristine, polished hard rock songs, centred in an eighties sheen. Most of us could recognise a Def Leppard-style song without too much difficulty, and they aren’t (a few deviations – RetroActive, Slang, Taylor Swift, and Ghostly interactions – aside) known for their musical risk-taking or surprises.
Seven years after their previous, eponymously titled, album Def Leppard are back with Diamond Star Halos (UMG). It is a long gap between records and right from the off their trademark arena-ready hard rock is in full swing in ‘Take What You Want’ – with it’s crunching chords and touches of On Through The Night. The first three tracks conform to their trademark sound, with the seventies-inspired, glam stomper ‘Kick’ one of the highlights – they have compensated for the familiarity by stuffing it full of hooks. ‘Fire It Up’ is a hard rocker with a slinky little riff and daft and hackneyed lyrics designed purely for a singalong.
Def Leppard has shared the second single from their upcoming new album “Take What You Want”. The track comes from Diamond Star Halos (UMC) releasing on the 27th of May 2022. The album features a very special guest appearance on two tracks from multi-Grammy winner and acclaimed songwriter, Alison Krauss. The album opener, the new single is classic Def Leppard to the core. A lyric video for the single will be released on the 29th of April 2022. All of this arrives ahead of Def Leppard’s massive 36 City North American -”The Stadium” Tour with Mötley Crüe, Poison, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and more! Kicking off on 16th June in Atlanta.