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Review: Stud - Rust on the Rose
Rust on the Rose

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 45:45
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 5, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Rust on the Rose

Rated 3.7/5 (74%) (10 Votes)

Finnish Heavy Rock dinosaurs Stud are a short-lived act from the 80's. They first came into existence in 1986 and only released one 7-inch single in 1986, sung in Finnish, and split up in 1989. Everyone in the Finnish Heavy/Rock Metal circles thought Stud was done for good back then. However, the original Stud line-up got together in 2012 and the band's debut album, titled Out of the Darkness, was independently released in 2013. Stud was back in the game with lyrics in English this time around (wise choice!).

Rust on the Rose is Stud's follow-up record and flexes big muscles of powerful and convincingly executed Heavy Rock and Metal, as was the case with Stud's debut. Stud trusts in thick, meaty and masculine Heavy Metal/Rock like it is their last day on this planet. Rust on the Rose is from the school of music that produced the likes of Dio, Ozzy, Priest, Whitesnake, Tarot, Van Halen and stuff like that. Their style is an easy-going, warm and nostalgic combination of Heavy Rock and Heavy Metal and it makes you wonder why they split up in the first place. They do nothing wrong on Rust on the Rose but they don't do anything spectacular either. The secret of this album is the band sticking by the clever saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." I take my hat off to Stud for staying so true to the roots of Heavy Rock/Metal. These semi-legendary Finnish pioneers know how to rock hard, how to run wild, how to drive straight through the heart and deliver the goods. Nice to see them back in the rally!

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