Rainover – Transcending The Blue And Drifting Into Rebirth
Rainover – Transcending The Blue And Drifting Into Rebirth (2013)
Reviewed by Allyson Kenning
Murcia, Spain’s Gothic hard rock/metal act Rainover has been around for a few years in one form or another, and was previously called Remembrances. After significant line-up changes following the release of their CD called Crystal Tears, the band reformed and has just released a follow-up with the rather lengthy title Transcending The Blue And Drifting Into Rebirth. I’ve had so many promos across my desk lately that were utterly forgettable (in fact, I don’t even remember any band names), so it was nice to find something after a fallow period of no reviewing; this CD stood out and has gotten under my skin more and more with each spin.
Straddling the line between hard rock and gothic metal rather evenly, Rainover provides for the listener a collection of well-rounded, solid songs sort of in the vein of Lisa Middelhauve-era Xandria, as well as a fairly obscure band I also discovered this year called Purple Nail. Rainover’s sound is vibrant and atmospheric, combining the haunting vocals of Andrea Casanova, the edgy growls of Antonio Perea, who also plays bass, pretty keyboard support, and in some cases eerie electronic sound effects. Lyrically, the songs are fairly typical gothic stuff: dark imagery, sad themes, and an overall gloomy tone.
The opener – and I’m glad the band stayed away from the usual thing we find in this genre today: the instrumental intro that rarely does much for the overall effect of the release – is a track called “Rebirth”, and I have to say that this song took a while to grow on me. At first I didn’t think it was ballsy enough to be a good introduction to Rainover’s sound, but after multiple listens I have started to appreciate it a lot more. It gives us a hint of the aggression, passion, and energy we will experience throughout the album.
Things start getting more interesting with track two, “Despair.” Here we are introduced to the male vocals of Antonio, who sings both clean and in growls. He shows up often on the album, giving the band’s sound a edgy, dynamic flavour.
Hooks are obviously one of Transcending The Blue’s strong points because it’s full of them. Particularly catchy to my ear are “Cycles” and “Oh My Cross!!” to name a couple, but there are plenty more, too. That’s why this album has gotten under my skin so much; there are a lot of very memorable tunes on it. “H2SO4”, one of the more unique song titles I’ve seen in a while (it’s the chemical formula for sulfuric acid), utilizes synth sounds reminiscent of the 80s and is a bit of a dance-y tune. It’s one of the more riskier tracks on the album because of that. I thought it was OK, and it definitely stands out.
My favorite songs are “Oh, My Cross!!”, which has the eerie electronic effects I mentioned in the beginning, the super catchy “Cycles”, “An Ocean Between Us”, and “Dust And Dawn”, which has a jumpy, almost dance-y feel to it like “H2SO4”. This song also shows off Andrea’s not inconsiderable higher vocal range. Another stand out song for me was “”In Free Fall”, which used an echoing effect on Andrea’s voice, as well as using more eerie electronic sounds to create the most atmospheric song on Transcending the Blue And Drifting Into Rebirth.
Overall, I really enjoyed the energy of this album, its unique flares, and its expression of emotion. I think it could have used a bit more flare in the guitar department, however; it was clearly lacking in solos and complex guitar passages, though I thought it made up for that lack in other ways. I also kind of appreciated how the song titles weren’t directly taken from the song lyrics themselves. I don’t know why, but I’ve always liked it when artists do that…it makes the titles stand out more and it makes you think more about the relationship between lyrics and titles – I dig that.
Rainover has inked a deal with Italy’s Wormholedeath/Aural Music and the album is now available on the band’s web shop. The production quality is good, I might add – and it should be: it was mastered by the same folks who did mastering work for Tristania, Lacuna Coil, and Therion.
4.0 // 5