Style: Melodic Progressive (death?) Metal
Release date: April 23rd 2010

I was very, very enthusiastic about their previous album 'Flies & Lies', so I had great expectations for this one. After the first spin I was disappointed and as a matter of fact I'm still not very impressed by this album. The perfect combination of growls and clean singing I liked so much has disappeared; the growling has gone and has been replaced with some weak aggressive screams. They still claim to be a melo-death act, but the death part is gone for the bigger part.

A lot of the songs aren't really heavy anymore; softer songs with modern sounds have replaced them. The new record is a kind of weak extraction from what once was the strength of Raintime. I don't know why the band has changed their style further to this more commercial (popular) one - the death metal links are almost gone. What's left is a kind of sappy In Flames combined with progressive elements and modern influences and rhythms. If I compare it to 'Flies and Lies' I can't give them a high rating on this one. Even the melodies in the songs are not as strong and appealing.

Those of you who don't know any other Raintime albums could be more excited about it, I think, because it isn't bad what they do, they have just drifted further away from the things I liked the most about this band. Songs such as "One Day" and "Nothing but a Mistake" are still pretty heavy, but don't have the power compared to the songs on 'Flies & Lies'. If you are into proggy metal with some heavier parts and screams on it and listen to this one like a 'virgin' (without prescience), you will probably not have any problems with this album at all. Be your own judge on this one.

Full of sadness I have to say it is a kind of bummer to me. Sorry guys!


01. Fire Ants

02. Turned Up and Down

03. Never Ending Stairway

04. Nothing But a Mistake

05. I Want to Remember

06. Shift

07. Fake Idols

08. Beaten Roads

09. One Day

10. Buried in You

11. Walk On Actor

Label: Lifeforce Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by:

Reinier de Vries

Date: March 31st 2010
Website: www.myspace.com/raintime