RAIN - DAD IS DEAD - AURAL
Why this 2008 album has just reached Metallian Towers is a matter of speculation, but fact is it might as well have taken 20 years to get here, not two! Rain’s sound and style if more 1988 than 2008 and no wonder the Italian band is a child of the '80s.
The album is straight-laced heavy metal with nods to Judas Priest, Guns 'N Roses and Jackyl. The cover sticker calls the whole performance metal and dirty rock 'n roll and most of it is true, although the Italian veterans are not likely copying and stealing. They are channelling their influences and keeping the metal true. The sound is strong and the cover artwork looks like it is raining blood, but the album name is cheesy and trite. Much much worse is the even cheesier presence of a cover version of The Cult’s song, Rain. Gods of originality awaken! Rain covers Rain. Rain does a cover version. That is an automatic ten-point deduction right there.
Otherwise, this is a long full-length full of real metal riffing, soloing and a singer who wails prominently. He does so clearly partly thanks to the production, which favours the vocals over the instruments. Hear the album for great metal riffs on 8 Bar, Mr. 2 Words and Rain Are Us (more cheese in the title). The Party is one instance where the band goes Jackyl, while singer Francesco Grandi does Jesse James Dupree. Mr. 2 Words is Welcome To The Jungle, while the group’s promo shot might as well be a leather jacket and boots commercial. Poor cows/so metal! - Ali “The Metallian”