This was the debut from this fine, under appreciated Virginia band. RAIN FELL WITHIN only released two albums before the inevitable internal problems broke them up, and while this does not measure up to the superlative "Refuge", it is a worthy release just the same.
RFW played Gothy Doom Metal, but they didn't mean the same thing by that as wankers like KATATONIA. This is all midpaced or slow but never boring music with twisting, complex guitar and keyboard harmonies overlaid by the frighteningly intense vocals of Dawn Desiree. There are only five songs on this disc, but they are all pretty long and so you get good value. The compositions are complex and involved, and I have to point out (as I have elsewhere) that RAIN FELL WITHIN were genuinely classical in bent and influence. A lot of Gothy bands claim classical roots, but the truth is they are more about New Age music or movie soundtracks than about actual classical music. RFW were both gloomy and complex, and the song writing here is really top-notch, with the album highlight being the seven-plus-minute epic "Believe" - still one of the band's finest moments.
Fans of all things Gothy and depressing will eat this up, and even though Doom and gloom is not normally my thing I cannot get over this CD. Complex, atmospheric and uncompromising, RAIN FELL WITHIN were a band that was too good to last. If you can find this CD, get it, as it is getting hard to get a hold of, and this is an album that deserves a place on your shelf. (Online November 5, 2003)