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Powerful Heavy Rock with a bombastic Rock drive, lively choruses and a delicious melodic wrapping.

The foundations of this Finnish outfit were laid in 1986, but 'Rust On The Rose' is only Stud's second album following hot on the heels of their debut 'Out Of The Darkness' which was released last year. I seem to have an affinity towards bands from Finland, the musicians from that country, regardless of sound and style, have strong senses of melody and even their heavier bands ooze smooth melodies and Stud's brand of Heavy Rock fits right into those assessments.

'Rust...' is full of rambunctious monumental, guitar/riff driven Heavy Rock with strong melodic overtones. There are plenty of anthemic air-punching choruses combined with powerful guitar riffs to get your head-nodding. Listening through the album, I keep feeling like I should class this album as "Biker Rock" given its song structures, chorus styles and attitude, but it is a hell of a lot smoother and polished than you'd expect from the average petrol-soaked Biker band. Imagine those sort of bands cleaned up and you'll get the vibe these guys have. In fact these guys sound like what AC/DC and UFO would do if they were transformed into an out and out ballsy straight ahead Melodic Rock outfit.

You do have quite a few bar-room "shout it loud" Rockers like 'Raise Your Fist', 'Rock 'N' Roll World' and 'We're Gonna Strike', but there are also a few more obvious Melodic Rock numbers mixed into the bombast. The title track 'Rust On The Rose' is really catchy with its highly melodic guitar riff and a smooth memorable chorus, but for me one of the stand out tracks is 'Promised To Be Mine' which has a sweet infectious chorus.

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They do have a unique vibe about them when I try to compare them to other similar acts. I think normally Heavy Rock acts like this tend to have a vocalist who has grit or snarl to their voice. However, Stud vocalist Ari Toivanen has a far silkier and smoother voice and this increases the melodic tone of the album even on those gritty fist-pumping numbers. The guy has a powerful voice that suits the heavy stance of the album but it's full of melody at the same time.

This album on the whole is pretty strong, there is a couple of tunes that just pass you by but in the main 'Rust On The Rose' is a strong collection of songs. It's powerful Heavy Rock with a bombastic Rock drive, lively choruses and a delicious melodic wrapping. If you like it with a heavier edge, but without neglecting melody, this is well worth you checking out!

Paul Woodward

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