Raintime
Flies and Lies


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2007 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Raintime really come out all guns blazing with their second album, "Flies & Lies"

Raintime:

Claudio Coassin - Vocals
Luca Michael Martina - Lead Guitars
Matteo Di Bon - Guitars
Michele Colussi - Bass
Enrico Fabris - Drums
Andrea Corona - Keys

Melodic Death/Power metal band 'Raintime' recently garnered a lot of praise for their debut album 'Tales From Sadness' but they never really got the attention they deserved. This album should change that, for this is a masterpiece.

I admit that I had never heard of Raintime before picking up this album, the cover art really drew me in though and I gave it a chance, what a great choice that was. I played the cd to be greeted by a fantastic keyboard melody on the opening track (also the title track) and then the guitars kicked in with an awe-inspiring melo-death riff. Pure gold. This track really sets the pace for the rest of the album, from the great cleanly sung chorus to the fantastic death metal verse. This song is probably the heaviest song on the album and is one of the best openers to an album I have ever heard. After such a great opening I thought they'd have a hard time of following it up but Raintime continued to blow me away with the second song, 'Rolling Chances', the vocals in the verse are vicious and the chorus is epic, a fantastic song.

Unfortunately, 'Apeiron' doesn't really hit the same spot as the first two tracks, it borders dangerously close to being metalcore and the 'aggressive' vocals don't help it at all. Luckily the chorus saves the song from being a disaster, but it still ends up being the worst song on the album.

'Rainbringer' really makes up for the previous song. It starts fantastically and has a beautiful keyboard melody through the chorus. A great song which gets the album back on track. 'Finally Me' is a power ballad that the band manage to pull off pretty well, not my favourite song on the album but its a pretty good ballad and is worth its place on the album. The album then flows well until the Michael Jackson cover 'Beat it' kicks in. This is a fantastic cover, Raintime really turn this song into their own here. The harsh vocals and the heavy guitars suit the song and makes it one of my favourite covers ever.

Now, the next song is truly amazing. 'Another Transition' really marks the peak of the album, it starts off with a pretty extensive intro, and then Claudio Coassin enters with some weird clean vocals before he screams out the rest of the verse. You really have to hear the vocals on this track, they are spat out with such venom that you can't help but feel them. Terrific. The chorus is great but its the verses that turn this song into the mammoth it is. 'Burning Doll' is pretty irrelevant to me, I always skip it when I listen to this album, I don't see the point of having it where it is and it puts a bit of a dampener on the last track, which still ends up being great.

The reason I gave this album a 4 instead of a 5 is because there are a few faults on the album. But the rest of the album manages to stay in your memory long after you hear it. So if you are looking for some great melo-death and don't mind clean vocals pick this up. Or even if you are a power metal fan and you fancy something a bit heavier.

-Pros
Fantastic vocals
Memorable songs
Great keyboard melodies
The band work together well

-Cons
'Apeiron' is poor
Maybe a bit too power metal for death metal fans



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Crimson
July 2nd 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My first review, go easy on me.

Advice is always appreciated.

Shattered_Future
July 2nd 2007


1541 Comments


You tend to use the word "amazing" a bit too much. That, and if you're going to do a track by track, you need MUCH more information than what is provided here. It could have been worse though.

As for this album, aside from the title track (which I love) and Beat It, nothing here kept my attention.

Crimson
July 2nd 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fair enough. I suppose I did heap a bit too much praise on this album. It honestly seemed like I had written a lot more, I suppose it could have been partly because my internet cut out on me half way through and I started again.

I thought I might as well review this as no one else had.

Thanks anyway This Message Edited On 01.22.08

BallsToTheWall
July 2nd 2007


44805 Comments


man i just heard rolling chances and flies and lies. good stuff

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

The Door Mouse
July 2nd 2007


2092 Comments


Not terrible for a first review but not the best. Try to branch out from text book stuff like "The reason I gave this album a 4.5 instead of a 5 is...". Also what Shattered_Future said, use much more description and try to refrain from using words like great or amazing

south_of_heaven 11
July 16th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Beat It" is such a damn good cover

Lunarfall
July 28th 2007


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I got this, and this is certainly one of the better melo-death bands. No rating yet though, I've yet to listen to all of this.

Thor
September 15th 2007


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The title track is perfection in musical form.

BallsToTheWall
September 17th 2007


44805 Comments


Good review. This album slays from the 7 tracks I heard.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2007


16470 Comments


This sounds good. I just listened to a sample of the title track and it was great.

Zoo
September 17th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Crysis, you would definitely like this.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2007


16470 Comments


I love how it goes from a death metal growl to those really sweet power metal clean vocals. I'm putting this on my to-get list.

south_of_heaven 11
September 17th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is great...

Lunarfall
September 17th 2007


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, this owns the crap out of a good 3/4ths of all melodeath bands.

yas666eer
October 9th 2007


271 Comments


i guess your id`s enough to convince me to check this out :D

ikarus
November 6th 2007


568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what an awesome album, the singer has a great range and the melodies are tight

beat it, i lold for a couple minutes, good shit

Crimson
November 6th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think I'll rewrite this review tomorrow. This one is a tad crap (and fanboyish)

AngelPhoenix
January 22nd 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HOLY CRAP! It's like Children of Bodom on crack lol.

Well sort of, that's the first thing these guys remind me off, only with even more intensity.

SCREAM!
January 22nd 2008


10342 Comments


More intensity then CoB? Im gonna have to disagree with that.

AngelPhoenix
January 23rd 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, that's true, it depends on the album. Are You Dead Yet and Hatecrew Deathroll are seriously in your face, but Follow the Reaper and Hatebreeder seem a little less, I don't know, powerful, minus a few tracks from each. Just my opinion. Even though everyone else seems to hate it, I love the direction CoB took. These guys remind me of what they might sound like if they were still using their older style. This Message Edited On 01.22.08



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