(Review by Sloof)

Stud, is a band from Finland that was found in the year 1986, and originally, they chose to start singing in Finnish. After a change in line up, they decided to continue with English lyrics, with a positive feedback as result and the band toured intense. When the band tried to score a records deal, which failed, the band decided to call it a day around 1989. In the fall of 2011, the original members met again and it was clear that the passion was still vivid so they decided to give it a second chance. ‘Out Of The Darkness’ is an apposite title and contains 11 tracks full of energetic arrangements. Good old sounding Heavy Metal with nice axe attacks, isn’t that what we all want to hear ? The vocals are also amiable and they really fit to the musical direction of Stud! It’s a little bit like Accept their ‘Breaker’ years, but lesser metal. It could be a mix of Judas Priest and Accept with the focus on the song and the riff.

Title track ‘Out Of The Darkness’ is a perfect opener and I’m sure that this is a track that will have positive result at live gigs! ‘Rock Little Mama’ is a little slower, but has a very good chorus line and while vocalist Ari Toivanen is giving all he can, the guitars of Mika Kansikas keep riffing in the background. Great!! ‘Renegade’ opens again with nice riffing, albeit nothing new at all, but it just has the right attitude to please a lot of people. If you play this kind of metal in a pub, no one will leave, but instead they will order more beer, while fists are pumping in the air and necks are breaking! Just Heavy Metal, in the good old tradition! ‘Lovers In The Night’ is the track that is already released as a single and it has some Priest in the arrangement. Besides Judas Priest, we hear another major act, as The Scorpions are present as well. The way that the vocalist brings the lyrics is different compared with the earlier songs, but it doesn’t matter, as he’s capable to go a little higher.

‘Holy Light’ is a little average compared with the previous tracks, followed by ‘Traveller’ which  is the ballad of the album. Great song by the way! Well, we had our resting moment, so it’s time to unleash hell again, and ‘Run To The Shelter’ is a perfect stimulation! Nice guitars, good pace, and again vocals that force up the whole thing! ‘Secrets Of Love’ and ‘Feel Good’ contains also great guitars from Mika Kansikas, while ‘Sea Child’ gives me a reminder on Dio’s Holy Diver epoch. ‘Reach Out’ takes 8 minutes and is also to final track on this very amusing album.

Stud is a band with a lot of potential, and it really feels great that the band is bringing their heavy metal with such a pure and emotional message! When it’s loud, they go loud, when it’s sensitive and modest, they do it with bravura. It’s a band that has the abilities to go in many different directions and once they follow the chosen path, they create awesome music. It might be advisable for the elder, for those that were metal heads in the 80s, but also a very good acquaintance for the new generation as they have the power to bring on a smile on each face.

My rating:  83 / 100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… 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