The Rasmus hail from the same part of the world as goth-popsters HIM and sew the same kind of music to the masses. Even though this band is Finnish, they do manage slightly more upbeat pop-rock. Surprisingly its rather good and has made into the UK charts with a selection of catchy goth-tinged rock, with some passiing resemblance to Evanescene (without the rap). From the opening track 'First Day of my Life' through 'The Shadows' to the slow-burn of 'Funeral Song', you get some rather good rock. Lead singer Lauri Ylonen has a good range and avoiding the whingeing that pervades much of mainstream rocks these days. A pleasurable find, for me, and a band that deserves all the kudos they are getting currently. This is mainstream melodic rock at its best. The UK edition has three additional tracks, making this good value for money as well. Excellent stuff...and I bet a treat live.