Ruotomieli - "Jos ei kruunu mahdu päähän, vuollaan otsaa pois" (Mielilevyt MILED2)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: December 2003

What the hell does the title mean? I have no idea. In fact, the biography and everything in and with the CD is in Finnish, including the vocals! The band are basically a five piece but they have some guests as well. This appears to be the bands 4th release. There is a lot of variety on the 11 tracks on this CD. The CD opens with an acoustic guitar number with some primitive percussion, that in the last 20 seconds blasts out with a heavy guitar that really catches you off guard. There are some basic rock songs and mixed in are some quite strange and very interesting songs. I hear influences of some older Finnish bands (Sielun Veljet) as well as groups like Mana Mana and throw in a dose of Neil Young. It is quite moody music and some of the tracks are very droning in a way. The singer has a special voice as many Finnish people do. The more I hear the CD, the more I like it. A lot of variety and some great non-commerical rock. Semi-psychedelic. Lots of stuff on their web page including live videos and music.

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Reviewed by Scott Heller

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