Kevin Strasser is a promising young artist I discovered about a month ago with his latest long-play album, Summer’s End for the Runaways, released not long ago in 2020. For those who haven’t heard about the artist before, Kevin Strasser has started his career with a long-play album called; The Dance of Desperation in 2017. Since then, the artist released two more albums, The Midnight Crusade (2018), Summer’s End for the Runaways (2020), and nine singles, Life on Earth (2018), The Healers (2018), In a Glass Prism (2018), Lost Overture (2018), ’39 / Hopeless Wanderer (2019), The State of the Union (2019), The Whipping Boy (2019), The Runaways (2020) and lastly The Warmest Winter (2020). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Kevin Strasser is a very bright American gentleman who is so much focused on success and getting there step by step, as we can see by looking at his discography. Honestly, sometimes seeing somebody’s work is enough for earning my respect. Kevin is one of those people who has done an admirable thing in his life, releasing an incredible amount of music only in three years at his age. This is truly amazing.
Summer’s End for the Runaways is an incredible album when you look at the number of songs and the amount of work here. It is impossible for me to hide my admiration for Kevin’s work. As I usually do, I listened to the full album a few times before writing my article. Well, there are many things to say about Kevin’s musical character, current level, future, potential, strengths, and weaknesses, yet I am mostly positive. I admit that if he were my brother or relative, I’d be very proud of him, that’s for sure.
The overall music in this album has inspirations from traditional metal, heavy rock, and progressive rock. After listening to more than half of the album for the first time, I started thinking about the strange positivity in the general mood. The last time I listened to music with this specific vibe was actually a Dream Theater album, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, which also inspired Kevin very much in this album. For me, this positive vibes from Dream Theater was the actual reason why I stopped listening to them a long time ago. However, all those inspirations starting from Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, coming to Dream Theater’s modern age are first of all good for Kevin’s soul, while they are great for his musical character that he’s been evolving for many years. I can clearly see that he is still developing his foundations.
Furthermore, he has done a pretty badass job by writing all the music and the instrumentation. This is a big deal, my friends, believe me. When it comes to the overall style and the musicality of the album, the first thing I’d like to mention here that there’s absolutely nothing wrong here musically and technically. Everything was very professionally performed and recorded. There only are some aspects where Kevin Strasser should work on. It seems to me that he is a happy person, which is wonderful. And these vibes were reflected through his music.
Lastly, there are only two weaknesses here that the artist should be working on improving; his overall brand image and the maturity of his content. I agree with the argument that musicians ought to make music only, not working on social media or thinking about how to get their music playlisted on Spotify. However, the reality is that we live in an era where they are expected to do or be responsible for everything. On the other hand, I can’t say I am happy with the lyrical content of the album. It does not talk to me or tell me anything I’d like to hear through music. And I am aware that this is subjective. However, it is difficult times we are going through right now, and artists are the ones who are the voice of the masses. I feel like this is one of the crucial things about this album that separates people who will and won’t listen to it.