Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the newest addition to its roster of Artists. Ladies and Gentlemen, from Finland, please welcome CAIN’S OFFERING debut album “Gather the Faithful” to be released on August 28th in Europe and September 11th in the USA.
The band is the new artistic creation of Jani Liimatainen, the guitarist/songwriter formerly of Sonata Arctica and Altaria. In 2007 Jani parted ways with Finnish Power Metal act Sonata Arctica, a band he has contributed to found in 1996 and to which he devoted his full time and energy for more than 10 years.
Following his departure from one of Finland’s biggest music exports in recent years, all eyes were set upon his newest creation: Cain’s Offering. “After parting ways with Sonata Arctica, I took “a leave of absence” from the metal circles, feeling that I had not much to offer at the time and that I needed a break to charge my batteries” states Liimatainen. “After a year or so the hunger to play metal returned with a vengeance, and so I decided to put together a new group of my own. I gave a call to a few friends, and voila: Cain’s Offering! Cain’s Offering is a collaboration of a world-class musicians and one of the best singers in the world of Heavy Metal. All of these guys are handpicked from the very best the Finnish metal scene has to offer and I’m very proud to have them join me in this band”.
Joining Jani in his quest for world domination – or rapid success, whichever comes first – are vocalist Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto), keyboardist Mikko Harkin (Solution.45, Mehida, ex-Sonata Arctica, ex-Wingdom, ex-Kenziner), bassist Jukka Koskinen (Norther, Wintersun) and drummer Jani “Hurtsi” Hurula (Paul Di’Anno).
Drawing its musical influence from both the classic Hard Rock scene, the fast-paced European Power Metal and a very modern Heavy Metal sound, Cain’s Offering is, just as expected, a perfect example of today’s living and breathing Finnish music scene. “To me Cain’s Offering is a perfect combination of the things I value in music: beautiful melodies, emotions, top-notch musicianship and some kick-ass Metal! Basically it represents music as I like to hear it; every element is in its rightful place. I feel that what we came up with has all the traditional values, that so many metal-heads, myself included, hold so dear, but with a fresh new twist to it” says Jani. “Lyrically the songs deal with very basic, almost primal emotions and subjects most people will be able to relate to … and … there are absolutely no dragons allowed ”
So, this is a tour-de-force of who’s-who in the Finnish heavy metal scene, and yes, this does sound like a wet dream come through for all fans of melodic metal. And guess what – the product exceeds all expectations! With the debut album, “Gather The Faithful”, ready for a summer 2009 release, Cain’s Offering waste no time, and backed up by such a strong record label as Frontiers Records and their management Intromental, there’s no doubt that 2009 will be the year where the Finnish metal scene finds a new hot exponent.
“Gather The Faithful” includes the following songs:
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Have you ever heard a thrash metal band sing about signs of the apocalypse, God being the only one that matters, Microsoft controlling the masses, or the need for an environmental cleansing? If not, you probably haven’t listened to Grave Forsaken’s This Day Forth, eight heavy songs that revolve around making the world a better place and how humans are destroying it with their greed and lustful desire for more.
Hailing from Perth, Australia, Grave Forsaken has been rocking and rolling since their formation in 2004. This Day Forth is the bands third album and the first for their new label, Soundmass. They are definitely a thrash metal band with a Megadeth influence, but traces of Suicidal Tendencies and a pinch of Manowar are apparent throughout.
This Day Forth kicks off with “No News…Ain’t Good News” and the message is made clear early on: the world needs to change. The lyrics in this song (and throughout the album) speak of melting polar ice caps, environmental disaster, and political agendas, the collapse of the global economy and the absence of free will. Combined with the heavy, thrashing rhythm of crashing drums and amazing guitar work, the message is delivered like a kick in the groin.
The lyrics to the music are what really make this record stand out. Deep, meaningful prose that forces the listener think about the world and their situation in it is captured here. Themes such as selling yourself on a daily basis, giving all of your energy to the job and having none left for a personal life, as well as re-examining your relationship with the Earth and the Lord are all poignant and effective in their mission to make one think and reconsider what is being done on a daily basis.
The guitar work from Vaughan Gregory and Elias Salmela is absolutely incredible and adds depth and power to the record. Their twin guitar attack is crisp, clean, and clear, and their outstanding ability to shred the axe shines through on this album. While Vaughan’s vocals leave a little to be desired, they blend well enough for this thrashing metal attack on the senses.
The title track is the best song on the record, hands down. The heavy laden guitar intro leading right into the drums kick starting the song into high gear is an immediate announcement…pay attention! The drum beats and chord changes blending with the heavy chants of “This Day Forth!” are what make this song so appealing and likable. A fist pounding, rage filled anthem if ever there was one.
While there is a lot of originality in the lyrics to the record, there isn’t much in the way of the music itself. A few of the songs sound eerily similar with different lyrics and that takes away from what could have been an extremely strong album. Too many tracks have the same format with similar bass and drum beats, and the vocal range does not change much (if at all) from song to song.
The similarity to Suicidal Tendencies on “Celebrity Judge” and The Sinners Part III” sounds so close to that band, you would almost think they recorded it. Once again though, the guitar work stands out on this track and forces the ear to take notice. Cookie Monster makes an appearance at the end of the song (and again for “Death Undone”) in the form of the grunt and growl vocal styles noticeable in a lot of death/doom metal bands.
“This Day Forth” is thrash metal done right, but it could have been done just a little bit better. While not an awful record by any stretch of the imagination, it’s an album that would benefit from some polishing.
For more information on Grave Forsaken, check out their website at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
- No News…Ain’t Good News
- Mother of Harlots
- This Day Forth
- Celebrity Judge and The Sinners Part III
- Wasting Power
- Death Undone
- Holy Blood
Grave Forsaken is:
Vaughan Gregory – guitar/vocals
Elias Salmela – guitar/vocals
Matt Skipworth – bass/vocals
Dave Kilgallon- drums
Tim Steadman – vocals