R.U.S.T.X. – ‘T.T.P.M.’   2 comments

Fire At Will – Electrified intro, right in there, with a ton of power and an equal amount of energy and drive. Great melody, catchy pace and a whole heap of expression. Liking those vibrant riffs and a nice bit of thrumming low bass comes into play there. Ease of flow in the vocals, ending on a solid harmony, it’s an immediate win.

Frontier Heroes – Drumming central, tasty lowered vocal tone, upping the sex appeal, with grit and gravel aplenty. Safe to say it rocks. The higher backing vocals work very well indeed, as do the catchy riffs and general pizzazz. This is one sexily delicious track.

Journey Arrives – Instantly moving piano and riff solo introing, together creating combined heaven. Brilliant duet harmony, before rocking it up with the amped up instrumentals. Those blazing riffs are just scrummy. Loads of active drum fills and pleasantly upbeat air about it. It works.

T.T.P.M. – Gorgeous unusual riff sound introing this one, with an almost ambient spiritual reverb sound about it, before blazing into life, with plenty of metal strength and uplifting feel. A ton of really colourful high-speed power riffage and animalistic drumming adds even more life and verve, leaving an insatiable craving for more. Curious proggy, experimental alternation going on from time to time, throwing in a range of diverse tones, tempos and techniques, leading up to an eventual mellower ending, leaving some amount of intrigue behind.

Brothers And Sisters – Drum centre stage again and this time, a real classic rock sound about it, with an old school flavour, catchy and feelgood territory, big time. You know all those tracks you find on compilations of the best rock songs of all time? Well this belongs on one of them. That finale has to be one of the classiest endings ever. If that doesn’t get you into R.U.S.T.X, I don’t know what will.

Too Late – Okay, that’s an unexpected electronica type intro, which is just a bit piercing for my ears, but points for diversifying. Luckily, the yummy heaviness soon returns, rocking and rolling onto the scene, bringing warmth and passion with it. It’s what those without any real concept of rock’s common appeal to all laughingly call ‘Dad Rock’. In other words, its’ catchy, profound resonance will hit the radars of all rock lovers, present and future, at some point, irrespective of supposed social barriers. It does what all great rock songs of generations do and breaks down all those barriers, with a sound that unites.

Kallikantzaroi – Similarly high-pitched light percussive intro this time, incorporating some scratchy lightning riffs, which grow in intensity and volume. Now, though, we get to hear more from the female vocals, which in themselves, hold something of a nostalgic sound, in a made for metal sense. Here, they throw in some curiously placed reggae/hip-hop sounds, interwoven with more proggy stuff, with some spoken word sections, before returning to the heavier angles, ending on an oddly intriguing sound, almost defying description, though containing some of the same lighter percussion as at the intro. Make what you will of the spoken bits, with strange scratchy accompaniments, but they just seem a touch too much (pun intended) and would be best omitted, as they just confuse an otherwise impressive track.

Treason – Another well-placed piano intro, now combined with riffs, creating an initially melancholy tone, happily bursting out of which, comes aptly rocky harder heaviness. Notably Dickinson-esque vocals, suiting the track well. Getting into its stride, with increasingly furious riffs, to the end, going down well – it rocks hard.

Dreams Of Tomorrow – The gradual beauty of that piano intro’s gonna hit you instantly and wow, this time, beautifully performed female vocals are joined by a hauntingly lovely violin section. Imagine a rocked up version of Roxette’s ‘How Do I Get You Alone?’ and you’re there. Catchy, lively and just divine.

Xeros Never Forget – Lovingly conveyed acoustic intro, filled with deep emotion and delightfully fey-like wonder, much in the vein of Venus Rising, proving just how versatile R.U.S.T.X. are. As a pure instrumental, it ends the album well, adding another dimension to their repertoire, leaving a well timed sense of wonder.

Overall – A memorably passion infused treasure chest of rockily diverse delights, to keep you hooked and guessing till the end.

9/10 *********

For fans of old school rock and metal, such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Free, Whitesnake, modern prog, such as Dragonforce, Mostly Autumn and female fronted old school rock, eg Vixen and Roxette.

Posted June 29, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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