Def Leppard: Drastic Symphonies Album Review

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Def Leppard is a band that needs no introduction. With over four decades of music-making under their belts, they have cemented themselves as one of the most iconic bands in rock history. And now, the British rockers are taking their sound to another level with their upcoming release “Drastic Symphonies,” -a collaboration with London’s distinguished Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Set to be released May 19th, this album is a reimagining of some of Def Leppard’s greatest hits along with a few deeper cuts that diehard fans will appreciate. The symphonic twist accentuates the intertwined audio from their original recordings and their recorded performance alongside the RPO at the famous Abbey Road Studios. 

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, known to have collaborated with other rock royalty, brings a depth and grandeur to Def Leppard’s epic sound. New vocal and guitar recordings along with fresh arrangements, give the songs new life and dimension.  At given times, you can hear frontman Joe Elliott duetting with himself! Tracks were reworked and expanded, and there is no denying that the synergy of the distinctive Leppard harmonies and RPO strings elevates an emotional reaction. 

The album features 15 tracks; among a few of my favourites are “Gods Of War,” “Bringing on the Heartbreak,” “Kings of the World,” and “Switch 625.” The culmination of guitar riffs, cello, drums, violin (and more) pushes their sound to something special. It is a testament to their artistry and the expert vision of collaborating producers Ronan McHugh and Nick Patrick with beautiful arrangements by Eric Gorfain. 


  1. Turn to Dust
  2. Paper Sun
  3. Animal
  4. Pour Some Sugar on Me (Stripped Version)
  5. Hysteria
  6. Love Bites
  7. Goodbye for Good This Time
  8. Love
  9. Gods of War
  10. Angels (Can’t Help You Now)
  11. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak
  12. Switch 625
  13. Too Late for Love
  14. When Love & Hate Collide
  15. Kings of the World

Drastic Symphonies will be available on CD, 2 LP standard vinyl, limited 2LP coloured vinyl, limited 2LP picture disc, CD/Blu-Ray and digitally on May 19th.

Giosi Tortorici

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