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Mr. Matthew James Cullen "mattcullen" (Cambridge, UK)

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Tales from Sadness
Tales from Sadness
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Underrated Band - Brilliant Album!, 10 May 2006
This review is from: Tales from Sadness (Audio CD)
I bought this Album on a whim, only having heard a sample of the opening track, Moot Lie. This track is a stunning opening to a musical journey full of awesome experiences. Raintime show in this song a sensational combination of brutal heaviness and melody in both the vocals and guitar. Faithland carries on in the same vein - this is one of the heaviest tracks on the album but once you get the tune in your head it won't go away! Creation is a short opportunity to take a breath before The Experiment, and track that has a single feel to it comes in. Denied Recollection is arguably the best track on the album, combining heaviness with a killer chorus. Chains of Sadness is next; an epic ballad, and Using the Light Forever is another standout song. The ending to this song is knocking on heavens door, and in the final soaring "No More" the door is opened. A breathtaking album ends with Daily Execution/Paradox Defeat, which builds up to an extended instrumental climax.

I struggle to compare Raintime to another band. They defy classification although symphonic death metal is possibly the best I can do.

Do yourself a favour...


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must-have., 9 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Fallen (Audio CD)
If you're sitting there mulling over whether to take a risk and buy this album, which you have never heard any of, I urge to to go for it. This is melodic Finnish metal at its very best. Most people will have come across For My Pain because of their connection, through Tuomas Holopainen, with Nightwish, and they will appeal to fans of this type of music. Every song is catchy, different, and emotional, and it's a refreshing change to hear a tuneful male voice, in a genre which is inhabited mainly by female singers, and male growlers.
Standout tracks are My Wound is Deeper than Yours, Dancer in the Dark, Sea of Emotions and Autumn Harmony, most of which can be checked out in full on the For My Pain UK website. It's worth it....

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