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Year Gone

Titel / Title Secrets for sale 
Label 12 months 
Web www.yeargone.fi
Total run time
40 min 
Vö/Releasebereits erschienen / already released 

Secrets For Sale is the debut album from the Finnish RockīnīRoll band Year Gone. But they are not exactly newcomers to the scene, already in 2011, the played in front of 100,000 people during the world championship party of the Finnish ice hockey team. It was their tenth gig.

Formed in 2007, the four friends put all their energy into this album and you can clearly hear that. They recorded it at the Seawolf studios on Suomenlinna, an island fortress near Helsinki. When you listen to the album, itīs easy to pick up the bandīs main influences: Hanoi Rocks, Foo Fighters and The Hellacopters. But the band still manages to make the sound their own.

Lari Poutanenīs voice is a perfect match for this kind of music. All the songs groove nicely and the guitar sounds simply put a smile on my face. I still have the feeling, though, that in a live setting this band is capable of so much more. This is also true for quite a few other bands: on CD they sound alright but live sound and vocals are just way better. Whatīs the reason for this? I donīt know but maybe it has to do with the production? Anyway, the songs on Secrets For Sale are, in any case, really cool and as I mentioned, they are definitely not a copy of other songs. What the band makes of the songs live, I will hopefully find out soon.

Thereīs just one thing, the band could improve on the next album and thatīs a bit more variety with the groove patterns and song structures. And also with the vocals. My recommendations is All Of Us because, after so many fast songs, itīs a welcome change, has a great guitar melody and Lari can show off some unexpected facets of his talent.

Apparently, Year Gone took pretty huge first steps into the world of rock music but righteously so. Letīs just hope they continue down that path – thereīs surely still some room until Year Gone have reached their full potential.

Sandy Mahrer, transl. K. Gransalke

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