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Ron D. Rock

Tralee, Munster, Ireland | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Tralee, Munster, Ireland | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Ron D. Rock - The Long Road Home Album Review 4.5/5"

Finnish singer/songwriter Ron D. Rock spent the first decade of the century touring around his homeland with a selection of metal ensembles, as well as venturing across the Atlantic to New York and Boston. Landing on Irish shores in 2013, he’s been busy making a name for himself on the south-west’s live scene ever since.

The Kouvola native’s debut solo endeavour – which he wrote, performed and produced all by himself – dropped at the start of July after two years of meticulous work. Christened The Long Road Home, it takes off as its title track runs into an absorbing mixture of rocking riffs and country/trad motifs. Racing furiously forward, it oozes energy and enthusiasm by the bucket load. Its passion and ferocity are mesmerising, getting the record off to an ecstatic start.

“Better Days” skips in upon an amiable beat ahead of a vivacious verse. Its catchy chorus is loaded with spirit and feeling, keeping things compelling on the way to yet more infectious instrumentation and melodies. It’s a wonderfully warm and sunny pop/rock anthem. “Crossroads” features a mellow and moving introduction next, once again fusing elements of trad and rock to create a strikingly stirring sound. The outcome is a gentle but bustling ballad, whose uplifting instrumental execution is enthralling.

“Against the Grain” is another happy and heartfelt undertaking that immediately adopts an optimistic attitude. The vibrant vocals and rousing riffs ensure an amazingly arresting experience from opening to close. “Our Darkest Days” dives into dire guitars and percussion afterwards, which cut deep and excite as they charge towards a foreboding melody. It’s a much darker but no less fervent effort, whose heavy edge is extremely invigorating.

“Drift Away” has a bright and buoyant beginning, during which the Irish influence can be felt in the best way. It takes traditional techniques and throws them together with contemporary rock traits to give rise to something singular and stimulating. “The War Is Not My Voice” develops at a slightly slower but delightfully determined speed. Leading to a choir-like chorus that echoes intensely across the air, it draws you in and keeps you captivated.

“Damn My Luck” is a touching tune, arriving by way of a reassuring riff and vivid vocals. Pacing along purposefully, it maintains an encouraging atmosphere that’s very heartening. The pressing percussion of “Dixieland Delight” stomps into roots-like fiddle work in its wake, made all the more exhilarating through the addition of impactful guitars. The ultimate outcome is a gripping combination of country and hard rock that’s a lot of fun.

“This Lonesome Road” comes as a light and lazy number, with which it’s easy to sit back and unwind. “Hey Mamacita!” goes back in a more boisterous direction when it’s done, steadily gaining momentum to establish a riveting rhythm. This is before “Never Say Die” grows gradually through serene instrumentation and a hushed harmony to serve as a forceful finale.

Ron D. Rock’s work here is truly engrossing. It takes classic rock attributes and merges them with folk and ethnic idiosyncrasies to forge something fresh and thrilling, yet familiar and friendly. The resultant sound pays loving homage to traditional Irish music while essentially reinventing the genre for a new era. The Long Road Home is an astonishing album that’s guaranteed to find favour with listeners of all ages. Check it out now on Bandcamp. - Pure M Zine


"Ron D. Rock The Long Road Home Album Review"

Ron D. Rock is a Finnish rock & roller who's made a name for himself in his home country playing wide-open heartland rock & roll. He moved to southwest Ireland and is active in the pub rock scene there. The Long Road Home stands out from the crowd because there's a heavy metal vibe throughout his music that gives a tough-as-nails feel to all those anthem songs he's so good at. - Americana Music Show


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The Long Road Home (2015)

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Ron D. Rock (born September 11th 1988 in Kouvola, Finland) is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist currently residing in South West Ireland. Ron’s music is highly-energetic crossbreed between country, rock n’ roll and pop. Ron has traveled a long way before residing in Ireland. From 2003-2006 Ron was touring all across Finland with various heavy metal groups, from 2006-2008 Ron rocked various stages across Boston & Upstate New York and gained notoriety at local college & high school parties with his fierce guitar playing. And since 2013 Ron has been a familiar face at pub music scene in South West Ireland serving as a human jukebox.

“The Long Road Home” is a wide catalog of songs about the life on the road, self-searching, pains of growing up and never settling down, reviewing the American dream from the American reality, loneliness and much more. This debut album took nearly 2 years to make, mostly because Ron himself played every instrument on the record and self-produced the entire album. The album offers a fair new glimpse on the Heartland sound, it reflects the sonic image of the small towns trying to survive in the 2010’s.


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