For me, as a symphonic metal fan of a different generation, Kari Rueslåtten is an unfamiliar name. It’s a shame that I never got to know about this lady earlier. She has been the inspiration for so many fantastic symphonic metal bands out there these days. She is also part of the female vocal three-piece called The Sirens, which I can fully understand. With a background in symphonic metal, but a future in Nordic folk music, miss Rueslåtten has a chosen the softer sound. ‘To The North’ proves, again, that the choice was absolutely a good one.
Let’s start with a little quiz: Which country do you think the band Russkaja comes from? Exactly, not Russia. With their birthplace marked as Vienna, Austria, this band claims to make polka rock. Yet when I listen to it a couple of times and give it some thought, this band’s product sounds like ska. Why would a rock and metal label like Napalm Records sign a band like this? Maybe their new album ‘Peace, Love & Russian Roll’ gives us the answer.
Have you always wanted to hear punk rock with a fiddle? Or The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ played on a banjo? Or Adele’s famous James Bond soundtrack ‘Skyfall’ with a harmonic? Then Bob Wayne is the musician you are looking for! His new record ‘Hits The Hits’ is a collection of modern and classic songs completely modified into what he plays best: country music. How does that sound, you ask? Oddly refreshing.