House of Games – Rise and Shine

House of Games

Rise and Shine

2006,Ram Music/Border Music

Rating: 3.5/5

Estonia’s House of Games has played with The Rasmus, Paradise Lost, Jethro Tull and also supported W.A.S.P on their 2006 Europe Dominator Tour. Despite the acts they’ve played with, their music is melodic rock influenced by both soul and funk; they sound a little like the now-retired Talisman.

The band’s music is well-executed and solidly-performed; Meremaa has a dynamic voice that gives the band a sound that stands out compared to other melodic rock acts today. Besides Talisman, House of Games sounds similar to Toto, Survivor and Foreigner – but a bit harder.

RISE AND SHINE consists of a bunch of solid material that’s fun to listen to. There a few ballads that don’t quite make the cut, but aside from those the material is strong. Meremaa sings in flawless English which is an achievement for a Baltic band. RISE AND SHINE is pretty long, but it doesn’t feel like it because of the diverse material. My favorite tracks are the faster tunes like “My Child”, “24”, “Hunter”, “Ave Maria”, “Evil in Needle”, “Spanish Man” and “Sugar and Spice”. The first part of the album feels a lot stronger than the second part, where they have overdosed on strings and orchestral parts. Perhaps the producer, Hilismaa, should have slowed the band down in those parts.

RISE AND SHINE is a positive surprise from a new band that is worth remembering. It’s great to hear what the Baltic countries have to offer the music scene.

Erik Meremaa – lead vocals

Kalle Vilpuu – guitar

Henno Kelp – bass

Andrus Lillepea – drums

Jevgeni Babkin – keyboards

More info about the band



My Child



Ave Maria

Evil in Needle


Spanish Man

Sugar and Spice



Rise and Shine