9 / 10
"… very reminiscent of early Europe … well produced and very enjoyable … exciting times ahead."
(Independent Music Showcase)
9 / 10
"… pulls you in its bowels … influences are beautifully filtered and presented through the band's personal perspective … I enjoyed this hearing … here we are dealing with a diamond disc …"
9 / 10
" …written with massive love for music ... transports mood ... sounds at the same time old and fresh …"
81 / 100
"… great … strong … top quality Heavy Rock … able to make something’ deeply own … there aren't fillers on this platter … surely interesting … to recommend!"
80 / 100
"… a plethora of emotions and moods … a record that really flows like water … cherry on the cake is the excellent cover of 'Band On The Run' by Paul McCartney & Wings … 'Center Of The Universe' is the best release of R.U.S.T.X …"
8 / 10
"… cut from an older, traditional 70’s/80’s-oriented cloth, where bands like UFO, Rainbow, Riot, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden ruled the public’s attention for Hard Rock/Metal … expect simplified choruses with call and response-oriented background enhancement, catchy hooks on the musical front, and loads of melody/harmony sections between the instruments to up the retention factor."
8 / 10
"... a special experience ... heartblood, which characterizes the album from the first to the last second ... the Xanthou siblings from Cyprus sound as a complete package ... mostly at a remarkable level."
79 / 100
"From Metal to Rock to Hard Rock, 'Center Of The Universe' is a record that accentuates the potential of one of today's most creative collectives, but takes some risks. But isn't that what we should value either?"
7 / 10
"… they know how to write songs which you will never get tired of listening …"
7 / 10
"… an entertaining disc …"
7 / 10
"Wow … bubbling Hammond, pop rock riffs and Bonnet-like vocals …"
(Musipedia Of Metal)
7 / 10
"… rich in ideas … well played … recommendable …"
3,5 / 5
"… certainly one of the best and most exciting bands hailing from Cyprus, and without any doubt the most united and passionate family from the underground Rock N’ Roll scene."
(The Headbanging Moose)
"… riffs are frenetic … melodies are top notch … vocals are seriously on the ball … a fantastic performance."
(The Median Man)
"… very good …"
"... characterized first and foremost by successful guitar playing and varied vocals ... not a one-tracked thing, the Cypriots demonstrate their musical work in many different ways."
"At once melodic and intense … several different musical parts as Dream Theater knows how to do … a nice trip … influences borrowed from Queen, Kiss and Deep Purple make this album a splendid mix of Metal of the 70s and 80s … the level of musicality is total … perfect harmony between the members of the group … with R.U.S.T.X, Rock is well protected."
"I really enjoyed listening to this CD. Ten energetic tracks, well played … a band certainly interesting and capable, aware of its potential."
(The Murder Inn)
"AC/DC and Deep Purple inspired Hard Rock bordering on Power Metal at times … vocals have a bit of an Rose Tattoo vibe … these guys would have done well in Aussie pubs in the early 80s."
(Scars And Guitars)
R.U.S.T.X recently published their new official lyric video for the album song "Wake Up".
Written with empathic depth and played with love, it deals with the important theme of social consciousness - which also comes through completely with the passionate vocals.
Formed in 2003, the Cypriot rockers were fully determined right from the start. Truly-from-the-heart and no BS melodic HEAVY METAL with classic rocking passages is their absolute passion as one can easily determine with just one listen.
Enthusiastic and passionate about everything R.U.S.T.X do, their upcoming 3rd album "Center Of The Universe" will unquestionably convince old school lovers that they do mean serious business.
[ Pic: Pat Panayi ]
The band’s outstanding positive energy and originality are accurately reflected by each of the album’s 10 magnificent songs and so are the band’s influences which are deeply rooted into 70s and 80s Rock and Metal icons.
The level of musicianship in "Center Of The Universe" is beyond perfect and the band sounds completely harmonious and in perfect unity. Not surprising since, not only all band members are seasoned musicians, but all four are siblings (!), 3 brothers and their sister, who apart from their instruments, they all share vocal duties! A most definite (and amazing) family affair!
The band comments: "With this album we really pushed ourselves to the limit and the result is like something out of this planet. A comeback to the 70s and 80s era of Rock and Metal music that we so much adore."
Legendary radio producer Robert Camassa, who pens a foreword on the album, couldn’t have put it better: "This album is like a swiss clock, ticking along nicely, never skipping a beat. This is a band that has paid its dues and has come roaring back with a killer album. If R.U.S.T.X should ever need a blood transfusion it must be Heavy Metal+."
[ Cover art: Chris Achilleos ]
The remarkable work of R.U.S.T.X is completed by the magnificent cover created by the amazing Chris Achilleos, known for his unique interpretation of stunning amazons, epic dragons and paintings inspired by ancient civilizations and mythology. His works have adorned hundreds of fantasy book covers in the 70s and 80s and of course he is best known for his painting of the heroine Taarna commissioned for 1981’s "Heavy Metal" animated movie poster.
The album also features guest appearances by Paolo Nipa (DARK QUARTERER) and Andrea Ramacciotti (DEADLY TIDE) and it was recorded and mixed at Woodstock Recording Studio in Piombino, Italy by Andrea Ramacciotti.
"Center Of The Universe" is out on November 15th on CD and Digital with a vinyl release planned for a later stage. The CD version features 2 bonus tracks, including a cover of the classic "Band On The Run" (Paul McCartney & Wings). A track is available for streaming and free download at Pitch Black Records where pre-order information is also available.
R.U.S.T.X • Online:
01. Defendre Le Rock 04:51
02. Running Man 03:25
03. Black Heart 04:29
04. I Stand To Live 05:26
05. Endless Skies 04:32
06. Center Of The Universe 09:09
07. Widow's Cry 05:38
08. Wake Up 04:45
09. Dirty Road (CD bonus) 04:17
10. Band On The Run (CD bonus) 05:18
total: 51:50 min.
Peter Pan Xanthou • Guitars & Vocals
George Xanthou • Bass Guitar & Vocals
Katerina Xanthou • Keys & Vocals
John Xanthou • Drums & Vocals
2011 • Forged In The Fire Of Metal (full-length)
2015 • Destiny Riders (EP)
2017 • T.T.P.M. (full-length)
2019 • Center Of The Universe (full-length)
R.U.S.T.X are available for interviews via phone, Skype & e-mail
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