Rating: 80/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, June '05
Label: Arise Records
Style: Heavy Metal / Melo-Death Metal

Tales From Sadness

Raintime hails from Italy and was formed in 1999. Back in 1999 the music was quite different from what they are doing now. They played progressive metal in the vein of Dream Theater. When drummer Matteo decided to leave the band, Raintime found a substitute in Enrico Fabris and Raintime moved towards a more aggressive and sharp style of metal.

In the winter of 2004 Raintime hooked up with IntroMental Management and secured themselves a worldwide record deal with Arise Records.

And now I am sitting here with their debut album "Tales From Sadness", and its melodic death metal with a lot of power, technical bits and pieces and the harshness and attitude - especially in the vocal department - of a modern melo-death metal band.

To me Raintime sounds like a mixture of Children Of Bodom, In Flames and Evergrey. This album needs a few spins to sink in, but after 8-10 spins in my CD-player I found it quite good. The playing is tight, the songs are very melodic, and even the production is good. So therefore thumbs up for Raintime, and do you a favor and check thus great album out, okay?

Recommended tracks: “Moot-Lie", "Faithland", "Denied Recollection", "Using The Light Forever" & "Daily Execution/Paradox Defeat"

Link: www.raintime.com