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Black Roses
Black Roses
Offered by westworld-
Price: £20.00

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 2 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Black Roses (Audio CD)
Black Roses is a perfect, all round album; songs for every mood from pure rock to funk to romantic songs to a little bit of pop and metal. Lauri's vocals are crystal clear and Aki, Pauli and Eero more than hold their own up there with him with each instrumental having its own place in every song, rather than just playing 'second fiddle' to the vocals.

It's hard to pidgeon-hole The Rasmus into rock or metal or pop, they have their own unique sound that deserves a category just called...The Rasmus. I discovered 'Dead Letters' in 2004 which got me hooked on their specific brand of "dramatic rock"/"death pop", whatever you want to call it; 2005's 'Hide from the Sun' continued that love of their sound, and with Desmond Child assisting with production and writing on 'Black Roses' they have hit an all-time high for me.

'Ten Black Roses' - The guitars, drums and strings running through this are used together to clever effect.

'Ghost of Love' - Spine-tingling and I'd go as far as to compare it to the brilliant 'In the Shadows'.

'Lost and Lonely' - Great guitar riffs and Lauri's voice is particularly passionate. And talk about a cracking ending!

'You Got It Wrong' - Great guitar, and I love the 'childish' lyric effect in the middle. Actually, think more 'The Omen' than a nursery rhyme...

'The Fight' - reminds me of Apocalyptica but with guitars. If Steven Spielberg is thinking of doing a viking movie anytime soon, this should be on the soundtrack ;)

'Dangerous Kind' - Funky and what a nice change it is too.

'Live Forever' and 'Justify' - Heartfelt and heart-wrenching.

'Living in a World Without You' - The most 'pop' of the sings I think, although that by no means is a bad thing even for rock fans as the relentless lyrics suit the style perfectly.

I hope many people will discover or re-discover The Rasmus because of 'Black Roses' as it's an album that must be heard. Prepare to wear out the rewind button on your iPod ;)


Hide From The Sun
Hide From The Sun
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £5.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stroke of genius once again, 5 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Hide From The Sun (Audio CD)
This album seriously blew me away. Hide from the Sun builds on the melancholic, haunting style of Dead Letters, but then drags you that one step further with upbeat positivity as well. The range of songs is a real eye-opener, with heavy tracks such as Shot, Night After Night and Lucifer's Angel, and more mellow songs like Sail Away and Don't Let Go. The band appear tighter than ever and their music is even more polished and well-thought-out than before. Lauri, Aki, Pauli and Eero's musical talent and Lauri's dynamic vocals have been used to maximum effect so every song is different and there is a track to suit any mood you are in.
I really couldn't name a favourite track, the mood you are in will dictate what song you want to hear...listen and see what I mean.


Hide From The Sun [Limited Edition]
Hide From The Sun [Limited Edition]
Price: £17.01

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stroke of genius once again, 5 Oct. 2005
This album seriously blew me away. Hide from the Sun builds on the melancholic, haunting style of Dead Letters, but then drags you that one step further with upbeat positivity as well. The range of songs is a real eye-opener, with heavier tracks such as Shot, Night After Night and Lucifer's Angel, and more mellow songs like Sail Away and Don't Let Go. The band appear tighter than ever and their music is even more polished and well-thought-out than before. Lauri, Aki, Pauli and Eero's musical talent and Lauri's dynamic vocals have been used to maximum effect so every song is different and there is a track to suit any mood you are in.
I really couldn't name a favourite track, the mood you are in will dictate which songs you want to hear...listen and see what I mean.


The Rasmus: Live Letters [DVD]
The Rasmus: Live Letters [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Rasmus
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £4.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Letters...a 'must-have', 1 Jan. 2005
I was lucky enough to see The Rasmus in concert this year, and this DVD captures perfectly their ability to play live. For non-fans, I hope it will urge them to catch a gig next time the band tour, and for fans it's great to finally have a DVD of their performance at Gampel Open Air Festival to keep us going until next time...
Their music is ideal for live shows: it's loud but clear; it's melodic and catchy; and it's so full of energy you won't be able to stop yourself singing along and thumping the air to Lauri on vocals, Aki on drums, Eero on bass and Pauli on guitar. It's difficult to pinpoint specific standout songs because they've chosen a varied set list that shows off their most recent two albums perfectly.
It's also nice to have all the videos so far from Dead Letters in one place, not only illustrating just how versatile The Rasmus's studio sound is too, but their eye for a good supporting video. The 'making of' snippets are fun, and show just how at ease the guys are with the camera as well as with the stage (not to mention the fact that they obviously enjoy what they do).
The photos will probably only be of interest to people who are already fans, but there's nothing wrong with that...


Into
Into
Price: £5.43

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome CD..., 5 July 2004
This review is from: Into (Audio CD)
I've bought all of The Rasmus's previous albums after finding Dead Letters was absolutely incredible and this one is my next favourite.
It's dark and seriously funky, with the punky side they started off with having worked its way out by this point in my opinion.
My personal favourite is Chill because it's very atmospheric and honest, although there isn't a single song on here I don't love with a passion. Madness and Bullet are songs to be re-played over and over again in one sitting; Heartbreaker is a beautiful song with a great storyline; F-F-F-Falling (which won an EMMA) definitely needs to be blared out from your car speakers with the window down; and Somebody Else is a really feelgood song that shows off Lauri's voice particularly well. The album could not have been finished off better than with Last Waltz (which just as an afterthought would have been a good song to have been put on the soundtrack to Interview with the Vampire...when you hear it you might get what I mean).
I seriously recommend this album.


Dead Letters
Dead Letters
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £2.68

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, haunting and utterly amazing, 5 May 2004
This review is from: Dead Letters (Audio CD)
I have never heard a sound like this...The Rasmus are simply amazing. Their haunting rock instrumental and passionate lyrics will keep you hooked from the first song to the last. My particular favourites are 'Time to Burn', 'In the Shadows', 'Not like the other girls', 'Funeral Song' and 'First day of my life' but quite frankly every single song on Dead Letters is fantastic.


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