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- Rain Forest - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Rain Forest

Rain Forest
(InsideOut - 2000)

I have to confess that I haven't heard about the band before, so I put this CD in the player and waited... What I heard was melodic power metal which remind me of Alcatraz and sometimes a little bit of Deep Purple, but not old-fashioned! It's like a mixture of the mentioned with Scandinavian metal of bands like Stratovarius or Royal Hunt. Rain Forest is their 3rd album, but the first releases wasn't released in Europe, but will be soon... Singer Takao Ozaki is a great vocalist who sings in the middle range, not the high screams other Japanese singers like to sing... Beside him guitarist Norifumi Shima shall be mentioned, he is really good, but he is not one of the kind who tries to play a thousand notes in one song!
The other band members are very talented musicians, too. The songs are catchy and the ballad Picture Of An Old Man is very emotional. An great album, only one thing to mention... The vocals should have been louder and more in the front.... But if they'll take care of this next time, they can make it big with the right support.... If you want to give them a try, listen to Time To Die, Unstill Night or Victim Of Desire.

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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