Title: StormcrowLabel: Frontiers Records
supergroup moniker has become a modern rock staple but one
band that sure lives up to the moniker is Cain’s Offering
as members of Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, Rising Force,
Dio, My Grain and Silent Forces come together for 'Stormcrow',
the much anticipated second album and follow up to
critically acclaimed ‘Gather The Faithful'.
of the debut know what to expect from the band, but for
those unfamiliar with the brainchild of Jani Limatainen,
Cain’s Offering are a no holds barred Symphonic Power
Metal, that will just blow you away.
album opens up in true Cain’s Offering style with the
massive title track ‘Stormcrow’, led by the vocal might
that is Timo Kotipelto and the powerhouse rhythm section of
Jani Hurala on drums and Jones Kuhlberg on bass, the soaring
guitars of Limatainen, with the icing on the power metal
cake being the keyboards of Jens Johansson. A true
monster opener that sets the listener up for the Power Metal
ride of their lives.
superb album continues its epic Power Metal journey with the
storming ‘The Best Of Times’, before the tempo is
brought down a notch or two with ‘A Night to Forget’,
which really brings out the best is Kotipelto’s
vocals. A song that just evolves into a towering
anthem that leads into the rampaging Power Metal that is
‘I Will Build You A Rome’.
it's back to the more Symphonic balladesque tones with the
excellent ‘’Too Tired To Run’, before putting petal to
the metal once more with ‘Constellation of Tears’.
Another rampaging guitar and keyboard driven masterpiece,
all interwoven with a double-kick assault courtesy of Hurala.
is a touch of the Neo-Classical about ‘Antemortem’,
before returning to the more traditional Power Metal attack
with ‘My Heart Beats for No One’. Then it's all
switch again as the band bring a touch of Film-Score Metal
to the mix with the amazing ‘I Am Legion’, a track that
just has to be heard to be believed. A truly
magnificent instrumental piece that is simply too good for
It's back to the towering vocals of Kotipelto for ‘Rising Sun’, before the album closes with another mellower slice of Metal with ‘On The Shore’, which wraps up another great album from the cream of the Scandinavian metal scene. It may have been some six years in the making, but the wait is more than worth it. This is Symphonic Power Metal done at its very, very best.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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