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Rain Fell Within - Refuge (6,5/10) - USA - 2002

Genre: Gothic Doom Metal
Label: Dark Symphonies
Playing time: 57:35
Band homepage: Rain Fell Within

Tracklist:

  1. Torn Apart
  2. In The Knowing Of You
  3. The Child Beneath
  4. In My Dreams
  5. Save Your Soul
  6. Winter's Embrace
  7. Into The Tower
  8. Sirens
  9. Burned Away
  10. Passing Time
Rain Fell Within - Refuge
RAIN FELL WITHIN? Never heard, but Dark Symphonies stand for either great stuff or totally weird (I just say MAUDLIN OF THE WELL, hargh!) In case of RAIN FELL WITHIN I can without second thought apply the first category, because what the sextet from the USA is offering us here is mostly one thing: beautiful.

Style-wise closest to Gothic Doom Metal, RAIN FELL WITHIN altogether still sound different than other Gothic Doom Metal-bands. Mostly because of the vocal performance of Dawn, whose operatic voice won't be compatible to everyone as she is singing in a very high pitch.

The Americans put in a lot of atmosphere and induce this by the mostly slow-paced tempo (plus a few well-timed speed-eruptions) and keyboards (mostly as piano) into the songs, which all are competently structured and played. But there is one problem…

OK, two. For one Dawn's voice over a whole album are quite strenuous and secondly it had been almost frightening that when the CD had been over and I thought about what I could write, there was nothing anymore, absolutely nothing! And that really made me think…

"Refuge" for sure is not for everybody, you really should listen into it first, because the voice could make a few people coil away... Other than that nice to hear, if you only take two or three songs, but unfortunately nothing sticks…

Alexander Melzer



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