Life-pleasures-praising gumbo from Finland, a land where fun is being had on hard rock terms.
Once in a while a band come up who have no notion of times and have their music bottled in a capsule from the past – and that’s good because there’s a want and a need for a classic style. Cue this ensemble with a marvelous name who tap into the ’70s guitar riffs-and-organ heaviness that holds nothing new but the guilty pleasure. It might not lie on the surface of the bluesy roar of “Supernatural,” yet the piece possesses a catchy chorus, and here’s an equally infectious irresistibility in “Musical Sensation” which, surprisingly, hides a rockabilly DNA in its groove, although the funk of “K-Town River Banks” hits more buttons in one’s soul.
So a country-kissed harmonies of “Godforsaken Goddess” feel only logical in such a context, given Antti Huopainen’s ivories glide, while the gloom of “No Flowers On Gravestone,” where Matti Suhonen’s drums keep up the tension that Markku Pihlaja’s voice creates, and the Hammond ride behind “Rusty Leaf” only add to the overall emotion fest. Live, all of this – particularly “Let It Flow,” with singer’s acoustic and Antti Lauren’s electric axe ‘n’ roll – should work just fine, and when the anthemic “Cry For The Ocean” comes up, the life-affirming vibe will unite the toughest audience. “Still undead” is a major underestimation, then.