RAIN FELL WITHIN - BELIEVE - DARK SYMPHONIES
Rain Fell Within are America's answer to Gathering and Theatre of Tragedy. They are a melodic rock/ pop band, with slow moving compositions accompanying a female opera singer. Putting aside the rational arguments against 'metal' with K&F (Keyboards and Female vocals), the problem I, and I believe many, have with bands such as this which strive for recognition for their arty operatics is their country of origin. No matter how ethereal or soulful the beauties of the band's melodies appear, the fact that the band is from Virginia, say, works against them. For it is not difficult to envision a Dutch band singing of ancient cultures, lost tombs or angelic art; however, it is quite a stretch to imagine similar inspiration in the mind of a 'Kevin' or 'Owen' in downtown Pittsburgh. America is far too associated with outright barf like McDonald's, Ellen, Roseanne, NRA or similar trash culture to ever be taken seriously in the realm of art rock. Sorry. - Ali "The Metallian"