Reviewed by Enkeli
Bestowing their kaleidoscopic talents on the world of music, for the seventh time, The Rasmus has managed to outdo themselves with their new album ‘Black Roses’. The once known Rapcore/Funk Pop band from Helsinki, has now gone Death Pop, however, I believe it should be more like Dark Pop seeing that their lyrics are definitely not of the nonliving sort. This album continues their style of dark lyrics, which seem to play with the imagination, using symbolism to guide us on a musical journey. Yet, it’s so simple and to the point. The Rasmus sings of love lost, battles to keep love and everything in the middle.
‘Black Roses’ is an appealing album to fans, as well as non-fans, due to the tremendous growth The Rasmus has gone throughout their years together. The lyrics seem to improve no doubt, every time they put out a new album. The guitar riffs are great, enough of them but not over powering as in some bands, seeing that I think the lyrics and the music as a whole is what should be looked at. Lauri’s vocals are powerful but sympathetic towards the mood of each song, almost spiritual in some ways. Along with the vocals, the nice touch of adding the ghostly sound of a choir in ‘Run to You’ at the end was amazing! Very moving and different, I’m glad they are taking risks and exploring all the options laid out in front of them to find. I also really love how they have incorporated new instruments into this album. For instance, the strings in ‘Lost and Lonely’ make the song sound so much more eerie.
All in all, this is one of the best albums The Rasmus has released, don’t get me wrong, my opinion may be a bit sided, however I think anyone who gives this album a real listen all the way through will become so engaged, they’ll want to listen again. This is one of those albums which really locks my attention and sends chills down my spine while putting goose-bumps on my arms. I suggest the tracks ‘Justify’, ‘Live Forever’ and ‘The Fight’ for starters.
- Livin’ In A World Without You
- Ten Black Roses
- Ghost Of Love
- Your Forgiveness
- Run To You
- You Got It Wrong
- Lost And Lonely
- The Fight
- Dangerous Kind
- Live Forever
- Yesterday You Threw Away Tomorrow