Viper Arms – Not My First Rodeo

Viper Arms
Not My First Rodeo
Label: Silver City Records
Out: November 25th, 2022
Playing time: 23:10

Viper Arms are from Turku and have been around for about twenty years. And play Hard Rock. In that time, one album (“Black Aura”, 2017) and several singles have apparently been released. In November, the new (first?) EP “Not My First Rodeo” was released via Silver City Records.

The opener “Rearview” really starts rocking. Hard riffs are paired with beautiful melodies. A catchy sing-along refrain and a very melodic guitar part round off the whole thing. The title song “Not My First Rodeo” is high-speed Rock. Niina sings a bit rougher, with a slight Punk attitude. But here, too, you can quickly sing along to the refrain. The rhythmic “The Wirewalker” then offers a pleasant contrast. In “No More” the guitars roar more, and you can hear a bass line. The vocals are mostly accompanied by riffs, but they don’t bang as hard as before. With “He’s Gonna Bring You Down” follows a real Rock stomper, characterised by again rougher vocals and a guitar solo as a topping. Contrary to what one might expect from this title, “Chaos Fighter” is a great power ballad. The crowning ending of the EP and my favourite.

I haven’t heard of Viper Arms before. That’s probably also due to the few releases so far. But with “Not My First Rodeo” the quartet from Finland convinced me completely. Six mostly melodic Rock songs, here and there with a slightly Punky touch. And again, and again very melodic choruses. Plus, many guitar solos and a pleasant singing voice. It’s fun to listen to.

Viper Arms – Not My First Rodeo:


Niina – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Helmi – Lead Guitar
Soffe – Bass
Vesa – Drums

Label: Silver City Records

Out: November 25th, 2022

Playing time: 23:10

Track list:

  • Rearview
  • Not My First Rodeo
  • The Wirewalker
  • No More
  • He’s Gonna Bring You Down
  • Chaos Fighter
  • 8/10
    Overall Rating - 8/10