Grand Design (SWE)


Grand Design was formed in 2006 by vocalist/producer Pelle Saether, and the band’s first 1st album “Time Elevation” was release by AOR Heaven in October 2009. The album featured guest spots from guitarists Janne Stark and Tommy Denander. The release gained massive success and was awarded ‘best album’ and ‘best song’ by BeRockRadio and received numerous top 10 positions for “best album 2009”. Several concerts, including the prestigious FireFest in Nottingham, UK proved that Grand Design also deliver live. Pelle Saether comments: ”Since we all love Def Leppard, it will always be an influence we use to spice things up.” The album, now discontinued, has become quite the collector’s item and a re-issue is planned.

Two years later, it was time for Grand Design’s second album – “Idolizer”. Pelle says: “We knew we had found a formula to make an 80’s rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?” With new anthems like “Get On With Action”, “OughtoGraph” and “Your Love’s A Runaway”, “Idolizer” followed up the fans expectations. Grand Design again proved that the songs and sound of 80’s rock belong in your players and on the big stages.

In 2012 the line-up saw singer Pelle Saether and guitarist Dennis Vestman, now flanked by guitarist Janne Stark (Constancia, Overdrive etc), bassist Mats Vassfjord (Chris Laney Band, Scaar) and drummer Peter Hermansson (Talisman, John Norum, 220 Volt). The band also did numerous shows in Sweden as well as outside the country.

Early 2013 the band has finished two new songs, featuring guest singer Susie Päivärinta (of Lili & Susie), of which the song “Baby It’s You” (Promises cover) was released as a single and video in June 2013. The band also welcomed new drummer Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse, Jimi Jamison, Talisman, Lion’s Share etc), who made his debut on the video. The band also performed at festivals such as Skogsröjet and Rock Out Wild, together with bands like Twisted Sister, Lita Ford, Pain and Lizzy Borden.

2014 saw Grand Design play lots more shows/tours/festivals, such as MelodicRockFest 4 in Chicago, U.S.A, Grand Design Italy Tour, Crashdiet + Grand Design, etc. But, most importantly, on September 26 Grand Design released their best album to date (also according to the numerous, raving reviews!), “Thrill Of The Night” (AOR Heaven Records/Europe, Rubicon Music/Japan). The same day the video for “Rawk ‘N Roll Heart Attack” was released and hit over 225.000 views! “Thrill Of The Night” also marks the first Japan release for the band, which also will feature two bonus tracks: “Baby It’s You” and a cover of Vixen’s “Fallen Hero”. Both previously unreleased. The album was awarded best album of 2014 by RockEyez. Grand Design is the only band winning two years (2011 and 2014).

2015 Grand Design won the prestigious Akademia Music Award for Best Hard Rock / Pop Song for "Rawk n Roll Heart Attack" Same song was also #1 on VTYO Rock Video Chart + #1 on VTYO Music Video Chart (all genres)

2015 will for instance see Grand Design playing in Spain together with Kee Marcello and Dynazty + Live gig at Cityfestivalen Västerås, Sweden + new video "Get Up N Love Someone" in september + Re-release of the album "Time Elevation" w bonus material!

2016 live at Rockweekend AOR Stockholm, Sweden. Their live performance gained massive poditive response "I consider Grand Design as one of the winners of RWAOR – since the gig I’ve listened to their music more than ever before” (

2017 live at Hard Rock Cafe Oslo, Sweden First vinyl release for Grand Design (Time Elevation Re-elevated) + recording new album

Press quotes:
Thrill Of The Night: These guys are the total package and are just unbelievable songwriters, musicians and (if there was any justice) soon to be superstars! 5/5 - RockEyez (U.S.A)

Surely in the top 3 best albums of the year 2014!... Nothing less than 10/10, of course! - Berock Radio

This Swedish band has their excellent style and they are easy to recognize because of that and also vocalist Pelle has a fantastic voice like nobody else. Highly recommended. 10/10 –

Foncez sur cette nouvelle galette, pur joyau de Hard-Rock mélodique percutant : absolument fantastique !!! 19/20 –

En av sommarens mest positiva överraskningar. 10/10 –

Diese Platte mischt meine Best-Of-Liste für 2014 gehörig auf. - 10/10 - Rock Garage

Mit „Thrill Of The Night“ sind GRAND DESIGN auf dem Weg in die oberste Liga, weiter so, nicht nachlassen! 4,5/5 –

Siempre que no se atrincheren en ese razonamiento para no disfrutar de un disco con buenos temas, muy bien interpretado y que, si suena parecido en directo, puede proporcionar muchas noches inolvidables. 5/5 –

Idolizer: Grand Design understand the blueprint for smile-on-your-face rock and Idolizer represents the perfect plan for world domination. 10/10 - RushOnRock (U.K)

Leave everything you do and run to buy this album! These Swedish Rockers have done again an amazing work and Sweden for one more time presents one more melodic masterpiece!! 10/10 - BeRockRadio MiniZine (Gre)

This is one album you don't want to end, you just want to hear more and more. Talk about infectious, this one will reach down and infect your blood stream and rock every blood vessel. Another stunning album from the Swedes. 10/10 - The Mayfairmallzine

Time Elevation: This is an album you don’t have to hesitate to buy because this is a MUST for everyone. 4.5/5 – (Swe)

The riffs just make you feel in love. “Time Elevation“ is an awesome melodic release album and Grand Design gonna be sure on the top bands at the melodic rock scene. 10/10 - BeRockRadio (Gre)

I expect to see it in many peoples top ten lists at the end of the year and am certain it will end up in mine. 5/5 –ZeeZeeDawson (UK)

This is a stunning CD that should be picked up!!!! 5/5 – RockEyez (USA)

Band: Pelle Saether: vocals, Dennis Vestman: guitar+backing vocals, Janne Stark: guitar+backing vocals, Stefan Westerlund: bass+backing vocals, Joakim Jonsson: drums+backing vocals

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