March 25, 2022

This is the first time I have come across the Finish hard rock band Rust N’ Rage with One For The Road being the band’s third album and first on the Frontiers label, obviously, the record label has seen something about this heavy, classic rock band and is rather keen to promote them.

The band comes from a small town called Pori on the West coast of Finland effectively between Vaasa and Turku and has built up a solid name due to lots of touring and plenty of high quality and energetic live performances. Rust N’ Rage is very much an old school hard rock band with a love of all the classic metal bands from the 1970s and 1980s and you can definitely hear very broad influences from bands like Guns N’ Roses, Motorhead, Judas Priest and a touch of the sleaze of Skid Row and Motley Crüe in the band’s delivery. They are operating under a first name basis with what I can only assume are adopted names as they are not what you would normally expect out of Finland with Vince on vocals, Johnny on guitar, Eddy on bass and Jezzie on drums with several guests adding complementary keyboards.

The album basically pays homage to all things hard rock with Vince having a great metal voice that is accent free and trans-Atlantic in appeal. Johnny lays down plenty of thrilling riffs and great solos to a pounding backing of bass and drums by the hard working Eddy and Jezzie in true unison. The songs are sharp, immediate and direct with a touch of the AC/DC about them in that they arrive, kick ass and then move onto the next subject.

Nothing complex or convoluted here, just good time rock and rock designed to get you up of your feet and swaying with the music.

One For The Road

  1. Prisoner (4:28)
  2. Ghost Town (2:50)
  3. One For The Road (3:47)
  4. The Future Is For The Strong (4:17)
  5. Heartbreaker (4:26)
  6. Hang ‘Em High (2:51)
  7. Ride On (4:05),
  8. I’ve Had Enough (3:01)
  9. Unbreakable (3:52)
  10. The Throne (3:30)
  11. Moving On (5:52)