The Rasmus - Dark Matters album review

Finns: very much like they used to be

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Around the time of their 2003 album Dead Letters it seemed as though The Rasmus might make their long-awaited global breakthrough. Instead, lacking anything to eclipse the heroic single In The Shadows, the Helsinki quartet went back to being as popular as Karelian pies at home.

Fuelled by a five-year gap since 2012’s self-titled album and by California-based frontman Lauri Ylonen and fellow founder Pauli Rantasalmi’s divorces, for all its lyrical bleakness (‘I know it’s softwareuiphraseguid=“30562613-f777-4417-aebd-ae8e25158bd2”>SOFTWAREmark” gingersoftwareuiphraseguid=“30562613-f777-4417-aebd-ae8e25158bd2” id=“b834f3c2-31b9-4307-bb6d-fa56cca78035”>gonna get worse,’ Ylonen sighs on Nothing), Dark Matters never mopes musically. SOFTWAREmark” gingersoftwareuiphraseguid=“9858f91b-2795-4a38-b68f-8069b6d3a242” id=“7e34d8d9-933b-4fdd-904f-279f025f10e0”>Wonderman is an explosion of spiralling verses and fist-pumping, multi-coloured choruses; Empire is deliciously twinkle-toed and Paradise, all buzz-saw bass, piano interludes and hooting backing vocals, shows just how effectively The Rasmus have honed their craft.