Power of Metal.dk Review

Raspberry Park
Scratchin' the Surface
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 18 April, 2014
Playing time: 44:12

Raspberry Park is a new Danish hard rocking band. This is their debut album and what an amazing first release they deliver! ALL fans of Melodic Rock, Hard Rock, Classic Rock and AOR have to check this up. 'Scratchin' The Surface' is an exciting experience with classy hard rocking rhythms and a lead singer with the proper rasp and hoarseness of the vocal chords; this is a lovely melodious music experience!

The entire album is extremely well written and the mix of quieter songs with the tougher and faster tracks makes it an a delightful experience of melodic hard rock and each song has its own character. They manage to get some more modern touches in their classic melodic hard rock. The guitars are perfectly matched and they balance the tracks into near-perfection. I dare stick out my chin out and say that we with this album have a new Nordic world-class band in the Scandi AOR genre.

Mikkel Bryden on vocals has both a silky, smooth tone and a strong powerful voice, which he use wisely. I like the opening track 'On the Battlefield' with strong melodic chorus and nice guitars. Raspberry Park plays mature hard rock with flirts of influences from Beatles, Guns n Roses, Journey, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Mr. Big and Pretty Maids. 'Paradise' might be the best track on the album together with the bluesy track 'Straight to the Bone'. The catchy party song 'Friends & Lovers' is also a nice track with nice rhythms and splendid singing from Mikkel. I have to mention the catchy song 'Make Me Wonder' also, that is a awesome rock n roll song.

No dips or any filler songs, is usually rewarded with good overall ratings and this is no exception. Strong, adult hard rock with high quality stamp are my final words.

If you like nice melodies and a good vocalist surrounded by talented musicians, this is something you need to check out.
Line up: 
Mikkel Bryde (Vocals & Keys)
Jes Kirstein (Guitars)
Jesper Andersen (Drums)
Morten Maltesen (Bass)
Jan Petersen (Guitars)  

01. On the Battlefield
Dangerous Zone
Can't Get Out
Straight to the Bone
I'm the Only One
Friends & Lovers
I'll Stay
The Message
Make Me Wonder
Let Them Burn
12. One Second
Label: Power Prog
Distribution: Power Prog
Artwork rating: 87/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 10 April, 2014
Website: raspberrypark.com