Helsinki hell-raisers Santa Cruz – whose brash, Sunset Strip-inspired hard rock has been praised by Rolling Stone as "debaucherous and flamboyant" – unleash their M-Theory Audio debut, Bad Blood Rising. According to guitarist Johnny Cruz, the album is pure fucking adrenaline, but it also adds a few new colors to the group's musical palette. "This album has probably both the heaviest and the softest Santa Cruz moments on it," he says. "We didn't intentionally try to come up with something totally different than before, but I guess some of the new influences we've picked up along the way can be heard on these songs. At the end of the day, the apple didn't fall all that far from the tree. People can still expect the Santa Cruz sound – the fast guitars and heavy drums are still there, just served with a different sauce. All in all, we see 'Bad Blood Rising' as a 'comeback album' – a start of a new era."