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Rust N Rage: One For The Road
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Rust N Rage: One For The Road

(Melodic) Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

Hailing from the fertile melodic rock ground of Finland, Rust N Rage arrives with their latest and third album, now signed to the Frontiers Music label. Likely best known in their native country, the band hopes to get the push beyond the borders thanks to new songs, a new producer, and a new label. The producer is Jimmy Westerlund from One Desire, a band known for their consistent melodic rock output.

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With influences from Eighties giants like Motley Crue, Dokken, GnR, and others, Rust N Rage (RnR) push the limits of melodic hard rock with their strong riffs, heavy and driving rock rhythm and groove, and blistering guitar solos. With one listen I wasn't sure to include this, but RnR massages the song melody and harmony to offer notable AOR accessibility. Vocal harmony also assists with this in songs such as Ghost Town or Heartbreaker. But I would distil many songs down to being fast and heavy riff rockers which will have your fist pumping and your toe tapping. You'll find this with Hang'em High, Ride On, and the racing Prisoner. Moving On is certainly one of the most brisk songs here with crisp riffage of that fast groove from the rhythm section. Alternatively, Ghost Town and The Throne ride more heavy and steady, perhaps a bit more benign in contrast with other songs. Unbreakable delivers the only ballad which is led by acoustic guitar and vocals, yet without building to the grand guitar solo. A curious diversion. Overall, Rust N Rage's One For The Road is a fine effort, an album of ambitious, sometimes hard driving and heavy, melodic rock. Recommended.




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Overall, Rust N Rage's One For The Road is a fine effort, an album of ambitious, sometimes hard driving and heavy, melodic rock. Recommended.

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