Rust N’ Rage – Showdown (Ektro Records)

Finnish hard glam rock that misses the target.
Release Date: 
18 Jan 2013 (All day)

Barely out of their teens, Rust N’ Rage, want you to believe they’re the natural successors to Guns N’ Roses. Swigging from an open bottle of Jack Daniel’s, back combing their hair and curling their lip, these Finnish upstarts spit out their hard glam rock sound on debut album, Showdown.

But this ruckus is far from a gunfight at the O.K. Corrall.

They sound like a weaker LA Guns at times, at others a combination of Saxon and Hanoi Rocks but lacking that rock punch. There’s a lot of forced aggression and snarling but whereas some of their heroes, namely the New York Dolls and Hanoi Rocks, looked, lived, breathed and smelled like rock stars, Rust N’ Rage find it hard to mark the line between style and substance.

Showdown is not, however, a complete lost cause. Drummer Jezzie and guitarist Johnny can pack quite a punch. Locked N Loaded is the most fun with its garage band chorus and simple riffs. Thrill Me at times sounds like two songs mixed into one but makes up for it with some good solo work and a catchy chorus.

Hit The Ground also has some nice riffs, and cowbell, but the vocal melodies have you itching for the skip button. So it goes for the remainder. Lots of hard rock riffs but a huge lack of confidence to really run with some good ideas leaves each song passing by without a second thought.

Time to re-load and walk another ten paces.