Frontiers Music Srl is proud to present ‘The Rumble’, the debut solo album from Perfect Plan vocalist Kent Hilli and the culmination of the musical path that the Swedish singer has taken since the inception of the melodic rock quintet in 2014.
To craft his own record, Hilli joined forces with multi-talented compatriot Mike Palace, who produced the record and provided instrumentation on what has turned out to be the proverbial partnership made in heaven. Together, the duo have developed a chemistry that really captured the sound that Hilli was after.
“My goal was to find a classic yet modern feel and sound and to differ a bit from what I’m known for with Perfect Plan,” explains Hilli. “I also wanted to make a diverse album containing everything from rockers to ballads. I am a huge fan of Giant, Foreigner, Survivor, Starship, Whitesnake, etc, and I wanted these influences to shine through as well as bringing my own sound and identity to the songs. Mike had the same vision for the music and we also have the same influences. He is a real genius and just a dream to work with. I also co-wrote with Alessandro Del Vecchio and Pete Alpenborg on two songs, Mike on one, plus my sister Tina on another, which was really great fun. I am so very thankful and blessed to have had the chance to work with all these talents.”
‘The Rumble’ is also a very relationship oriented album, with lyrics that are coming from a place of personal experience. Of its first single, ‘Don’t Say It’s Forever’, Hilli states that “it is about the joy, the expectations, the promises, the disappointments and struggles in a relationship where one party is giving it 100% and the other isn’t. It is also about living in the here and now and enjoying life, because it will not last forever. Take care of one another, enjoy and be thankful for what you have.”
The album resounds with inspiration and influences from Hilli’s aforementioned idols, with a musical style that is built into his DNA. The legendary voices of Lou Gramm, Jimi Jamison, Dann Huff, David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner and Joey Tempest have influenced his vocal style, although existing fans are already aware that he is also very much his own singer and one of the finest to emerge in the melodic rock scene in some time.
Hilli actually started out as a footballer, quitting his career in the early ’00s to start singing with a covers band, but it took a decade until he started writing his own songs and began playing with Perfect Plan. The release of their first single, ‘In And Out Of Love’, saw his astounding vocal ability exposed to an international audience and acted as the perfect appetiser for his group’s acclaimed 2018 debut album, ‘All Rise’. A follow-up entitled ‘Time For A Miracle’ (2020) and a covers EP ‘Jukebox Heroes’, have been similarly well received. Hilli also participated on the self-titled debut by Restless Spirits, masterminded by Tony Hernando (Lords of Black), wherein he was showcased alongside the likes of Deen Castronovo (Revolution Saints, ex-Journey), Johnny Gioeli (Hardline) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, JORN).