THE RANDOM RIOTS - VINTAGE VIOLENCE (Bad Reputation Records)

 

Strange band name and a strange front cover. This formation comes from out of Sweden and we all know they drink special water over there, the kind of water that contains musical talent. I didnít know what to expect with this one but a few spins teaches me this ainít bad at all. Itís Rockín Roll, the kind we know from bands like The Hellacopters, AC/DC, Status Quo and many more.

I admit this isnít my cup of tea but with the right friends and the right drinks this kind of music is able to get me in the right mood. Do you realize how old Rockín Roll really is? Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry? They were your parents or even your grandparents idols! They all started it many decades ago and until now their tunes are still influencing thousands of musicians. If you would take a good listen to The Random Riots you would easily hear these forefathers of Rock were important for the music scŤne.

The Random Riots deliver hardín heavy Rockín Roll. They even took the looks of these old days, so itís better for me to hear them instead of seeing them. AC/DC is often close and ďThe devilís boogieĒ for example contains riffs that Angus Young could have written in person. Add some bluesy tunes here and there and youíll have the perfect idea what The Random Riots are all about.

You need to be a fan of this kind of music, especially when youíre into Heavy Metal but a good listener will easily make the link with bands like AC/DC, The Hellacopters, Krokus but even to the old Rainbow and other Hard Rock bands from out of the Seventies. The fact these guys arenít afraid to use a harmonica as well makes the picture complete. This feels more an American Rock band than a Swedish one but that doesnít change my feeling this is a welcome Ďdifferentí sound, even if the tunes are almost 70 years old.

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My Points: 80 / 100      

 

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic OnesÖ a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish