Newsflash: 10 Hateful things for Tornado Kid!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Tornado Kid - Hateful 10 - Album CoverIt is variety that got my attention first and their tongue-in-cheek genre description of Booze’n’Blues on their Facebook page. Then the corniness kicked in – profanity and blasphemy galore included. But that’s alright. And next came the interesting title Hateful 10. Going by the lore Tornado Kid tell us, they were so fed up with painfully re-doing their 10 tracks of musical prowess for their first full length, they started to hate it. So, they went ahead and changed the name from Cowboys of the North to the aforementioned Hateful 10 moniker. Cool story and as the Italians say: Si non è vero, è ben trovato.

The inside of the disc will surprise you, though. They mix hearty, somewhat grungy punk rock with some bluesier stuff. Then again veer off into Hard Rock country and plough on with some Hardcore at time. For some moments, they even try themselves at Heavy Metal. Yet, the punkiness never quite leaves. The only thing missing is the much announced Southern Comfort, albeit the Southern Metal element presents itself in some rudimentary and subdued form. After all they reminded me a tiny bit of Vinyl Hero – the sun-drenched Canadians.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Ninjaspy – Spüken (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ninjaspy - Spüken - Album CoverSome bands are very laid back in their approach to releasing their music. Especially the jazzier and progressively minded ones. And sometimes you wonder where this is all going. Then others just give you this impression at first, just to drop a sneaky karate kick to the back of your head. And let loose with a vengeance on a colossal Alternative and Progressive Metal stage. Spüken, the new full length of the Canadian metallers Ninjaspy, will do exactly that for you. Chaotic and somewhat unhinged grungy-punk energy outbursts included. 

But the first item that really got to me was the somewhat bizarre and strangely fascinating album cover. What on earth is this woman regurgitating? Are we playing a cosmic joke on the trusty fan base? And by the royal WE I mean the band. ‘Cause spy in other languages the word spy means puke or spew. And with some fantasy you could turn Spüken the same way. Nice try, fellas, should that be the case. And it would fit with the album cover and the overall comments the band made. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!