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The Rasmus @ Retox Rock Bar (11/21/2006)

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Artist: The Rasmus
Venue: Retox Rock Bar (New York, NY)
Date: 11/21/2006
Label: DRT Entertainment

The latest news is that Scott Ian (Anthrax) had joined in partnership with Mike Diamond of Snitch to open a new club called the “Retox Rock Bar” and tonight I would have the opportunity to check out the place and also enjoy the music of The Rasmus. The group would be taking part in the “Southern Comfort presents Blender Sessions” and while this was new to me, I am always interested in supporting a hopefully cool place and the music that I love to spread the word about. After some inordinate confusion regarding entry into the place which seemed to be based on an overlapped booking of another event we were inside and ready to rock. The Rasmus just recently signed to DRT Entertainment, and for this special appearance the label had invited the first 100 fans attendance if they arrived early enough. Inside the club was is a nice little stage and to be honest the room does not seem sizable for anything more than a showcase or industry gathering of some kind. It does however become the perfect setting for an intimate performance such as this. It was also the last night of the bands tour which made it just a little more special.
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“Hide From The Sun” by The Rasmus

Artist: The Rasmus
Title: “Hide From The Sun”
Label: DRT Entertainment
Release Date: 10/10/2006
Genre: Melodic Rock
Rating: 4/5

The Rasmus are another one of those “overnight sensations” from Helsinki, Finland who are not overnight at all and instead have been releasing albums since 1996. Yes, it seems like Finland is giving the world another band that is set to become the “next big thing” and watching the countries output over the last few years with Children Of Bodom, Nightwish, H.I.M and The 69 Eyes this could be a very good thing. “Hide From The Sun” bears some uncanny resemblance to the sound of Gothic Melodic Rockers H.I.M., yet unlike their Finnish Brothers in music, The Rasmus are not as Dark and Melancholy with their songs. There is a slightly similar groove to be found on tracks like “Keep Your Heart Broken” and “No Fear” but beyond that it is a totally different band. There is little emphasis on Death and lost love like H.I.M. is delivering on a regular basis. The resulting hit potential in tracks like “Night After Night” and “Sail Away” are quite high (I come to this conclusion based on my humming the chorus parts after only a couple of listens). The album is their sixth but is only the first to reach the US shores and the amount of sleek tracks that it has there is little doubt that they will be one of the most successful bands of this type of genre to hit the music scene of today. It’s a lot better than some of the other music the young listener is focused on so let’s hope for that niche to make room for them. The band does not truly bear the Gothic label, but does have a twist of it tossed in for taste with “Lucifer’s Angel” and “Don’t Let Go” and if that demographic catches on to the group is could cause them to give Ville a run for his money. Lead singer Lauri Ylonen has a wonderful texture and passion to his voice and by the look of his photos, he will soon adorn the lockers of students in schools across the nation. The other members of the group are Pauli Rantasalmi (guitar), Eero Heinonen (bass) and Aki Hakala (drums) and the quartet rocks.
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