Mighty Oaks – Howl (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Mighty Oaks - Howl - Album CoverSometimes the process of reckoning and reasoning @ RockmusicRaider is unfathomable. No rhyme nor reason seems to be apparent when it comes to record selection for the ever-important review list. The one that decides – sometimes on a whim – who’s gonna get on the blog. 

Then we sometimes enigmatically decide to cover older records first, before the new ones get a chance. Or we go for very old ones to boot; a Scorpions review just saw the light of day lately for instance. ‘Cause stubborn RMR does not listen to pop lore pundits, telling us to only cover same-year records. Or the world will stop and you will drop off.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Ossian Smith unleashes Sleepless Town!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Ossian Smith - Sleepless Town - Album CoverSometimes it just takes simple rock to put a smile on your face. And one would think that we have seen it all when it comes to rock’n’roll. But you still find them out there; the artists that manage to squeeze their trade a bit more and get something original and tasty out to their fan base.

Built on a cheekily hinted foundation of good ol’ rock tunes from the ’70s and ’80s, Finnish artist Ossian Smith happily mixes Punk, alt-Country, Southern, Folk Rock and more into a somewhat headstrong concoction. In a short 17 minutes, the EP Sleepless Town is a pretty impressive piece of work. A fresh look at how rock ought to sound, whilst not forgetting the roots where this all came from. So, if you are up to a brand of rock with a slightly different flavor, then you should definitely have a go at Ossian Smith [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Kings of Moonshine – Iron River (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Kings of Moonshine - Iron River - Album CoverJust think about alt-country and good ol’ root music. Staunch, country-fare American sounds pouring out of your loudspeakers. Lost down in Tennessee, boozed up by too much moonshine, but still good enough to enjoy on a hot summer evening. Then again punkish lo-fi pseudo rock’n’roll aesthetics served on a Southern Comfort laced platter of a full Southern Breakfast.

And clearly sometimes the lines between some sort of desert-tinged rock, punk and real country are blurred and there’s trouble really getting a grip on the genre. Especially if we get disconnected country boys or established chansonniers calling in to state that they are now part of the movement. In truth, many people have trouble wrapping their heads around the genre, yours truly included. Yet, the music is fascinating and I daresay multifaceted. So, this is the credo of Kings of Moonshine their newest dish Iron River. And behold, ’tis no Nashville based band, no sir, they hail from Finland of all places.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!