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Lina Gosselin

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Rather than letting the listener ease into the album, Korpiklaani starts it off fast, fun, and fierce with the first track “Tapporauta (Killing Iron)”. “Tapporauta” is complete with fast-paced drums, charging guitars, harsh vocals, and traditional folk instruments that set the mood—to party! Nearly every track makes you feel like either dancing…

From the moment I opened the CD case, I knew that this was going to be a gritty and fun album. The album cover is a photo of a room littered in anything from beer cans to posters and papers. It looks like a room that was trashed after a night of drinking and partying. I expected the music to be gritty, real and raw – and full…

The Sick Puppies’ sophomore album, Dressed Up As Life, alternates between aggression and vulnerability. On the gentler tracks, such as “What Are You Looking For” and “All the Same”, the vocalist sounds both earnest and raw. The more angst-riddled tracks are hard hitting and reflect their grunge influences; the guitars are crunchier, the drums are harsher and you can hear the struggle as the vocalist sways back and forth between a soft whisper and an aggressive roar.