|Cain's Offering - ‘Stormcrow’ (Frontiers Records)|
|Written by Dave Prince|
|Monday, 25 May 2015 03:20|
With ‘Stormcrow’ Cain's Offering have without a doubt have released one of the best power metal albums I’ve heard in a while, and for those of you who have never heard of them before they are the brainchild of Finnish guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen (founding member of one of Finland's biggest music exports Sonata Arctica).
So what makes this album stand out from the power metal hordes? Well whilst clearly a power metal fan’s dream of an album, the melodic touches gives the music an edge over the current crop of other power metal bands. But then again what do you expect when you have the backing of the mighty Frontiers Records behind you?
The album is very polished and clinical which does take some of the metal grit away but that is a very little personal dislike. Compare his to the band’s 2009 debut ‘Gather The Faithful' and you have a band of the highest order playing music with bombastic aplomb with songs that immediately get in your head and don’t leave you for days.
One of the other great things about 'Stormcrow' is that whilst there isn’t a song under the 4 minute mark on it - it just doesn't feel bloated and tired. There is a sense of urgency pervading the album which is something oh too often missing from this genre. Cain's Offering get straight to the point and the songs never outstay their welcome.
The band itself consists of some big names in the melodic rock scene, and includes Timo Kotipelto: on vocals, the aforementioned Jani Liimatainen on guitars, Jonas Kuhlberg on bass, Jani Hurula on drums and Jens Johansson on keyboards. Each member stamping their own identity all over each song to stunning effect.
Stand out tracks for me are easily 'The Best Of Times', ' A Night To Forget' and 'Too Tired To Run'. The last song being an amazing power ballad where Timo Kotipelto truly comes into his own.
For an album of intense power, yet melodic metal - you can do a lot worse than this!