Wim R. : Rhino Proof? Okay, that is something different for a change. But….information does not go any further than that the band is formed in 2014 and resides in Joensuu, Finland. There is no biography with this advance copy. So, you guess is as good as mine who is playing the Hammond and keyboards or who is responsible for the, quite good, production. A chance missed as far as I am concerned.
Well, let us turn to the music. Rhino Proof plays traditional rock with strong Southern rock influences. There are strong connections to Deep Purple and Lynyrd Skynyrd. There is no biography needed to conclude that vocalist Jukka Nummi has a nice and strong voice. After the first, Purple influenced, two songs, third song ‘Anchorage’ is pure Southern Rock. It holds a nice freestyling piano and nice slide guitar solo. ‘Heartland’ has some more beef to it sound wise. Nice and lazy mid-tempo track. The vocals in the beginning are a bit lower region, not that good a choice. Again, this track is real Southern Rock. With ‘That’s The Way It Goes’ we have one of the stronger songs, containing a nice groove and a bit more upbeat. But the pace increases a bit more with ‘Devil’s Playground’. The Hammond organ in this song sounds pretty cool. ‘Worth Of Nothing’ is the one and only slower track on the album. The closing song ‘ 1000 Years Too Soon’ must have an honorary mention. Nummi delivers his best vocals on this one and the epic mid-section of the song is really good.
For a debut Rhino Proof makes it’s mark for sure. If you would not know, you might think the band was American. And I mean that as a compliment. All songs are well composed, and you can tell that the band holds seasoned musicians.