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(27 January 2000) The debut album from Rain Fell Within is
entitled Believe (Dark Symphonies (USA) Dark 7, 2000) is a five
track collection of atmospheric metal with operatic vocals. Certain to
appeal to fans of Nightwish and Third and The Mortal, their music
encompasses a broad range of stylistic influences including: My Dying
Bride, Paradise Lost and The Gathering. The band's stated influences
also include Theatre of Tragedy, Tiamat, Dead Can Dance and Amorphis.
Musical Discoveries' editors were drawn to the music by the stated
similarity to Nightwish and this is evidenced by lead vocalist Dawn
Smith's operatic vocal contributions. Rain Fell Within, like Nightwish
has effectively integrated stunning operatic vocals with metal-edged
Rain Fell Within is based in Northern Virginia (USA) and
formed in October 1996. After spending 1997 writing material, Rain
Fell Within recorded a 5-song demo which was not released to the public.
Developing upon their symphonic style, in 1998 they released a professional
demo titled "Solemn Days." The demo received excellent responses worldwide.
In late 1998, the beand began writing new, more mature material than
"Solemn Days" and began playing live shows. The lineup finally stabilised
in mid-1999. Today the band includes Dawn Smith (vocals and keys), Charles
Gore (bass), Owen Davis (guitars), Tim Miller (percussion) and Kevin
The Believe album is comprised of four epic length,
progressively influenced, tracks exceeding eight minutes whilst the closing
track runs just under four minutes. The opening number, "A False Reality,"
serves as an excellent introduction to the band and Dawn's soaring operatic
vocal prowess, multitracked extensively throughout to provide supporting
backing vocal textures. The double-bass drum and metal edged guitars
dominate the intrumental arrangements. The intriguing track "Alone"
blends evocative operatic—yet melancholy—vocals with harder-edged
metal instrumentals and lush keyboards. We especially enjoyed the
fast paced instrumental bridge and accompanying vocal in the last
third of the song. Dawn's incredibly powerful voice rings throughout
the track and complimenting both singers, she can be favourably compared
to Tarja Turunen of Nightwish.
While comparisons to Nightwish and The Third and the Mortal
can not be avoided, the title track is clearly the closest allusion to
Nightwish in instrumental performance, hard driving style and Dawn's
stunning lead vocal part. Instrumentals are as lush as they are heavy
while vocals are clearly beautiful and the contrast works quite well for
Rain Fell Within as it does for Nightwish. Dawn's additional backing
vocals add substantial to the overall texture of the track. "Sorrow
Becomes Me" is a slower and somewhat lighter atmostpheric track with
a vast range of lovely vocal excursions. The album concludes with the
vocally lush "The Sun in my Wound" opening with a heavily layered
a capella introduction. This stunning operatic ballad is a lovely
tribute to Dawn Smith's soaring vocal work with the lightest
instrumental arrangement in support.
Although the album's running time is relatively short by
today's standards, the quality of the tracks included on Believe
is outstanding. Rain Fell Within are indeed a very powerful atmospheric
metal band that demonstrate progressive influences in their work. We
found Dawn Smith's vocals stunning in every respect and think that this
album should be explored to listen to her sing if for no other reason.
Interested readers should listen to the tracks at Rain Fell Within's
website. Worth a long distance journey and extensive investigation,
Believe is certainly a must listen!