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Planet Rain - The Fundamental Principles

Planet Rain
The Fundamental Principles
by Yassine "SpiritCrusher" Manka at 24 June 2014, 7:42 PM

PLANET RAIN is a Melodic Death Metal band from Sweden, their name is taken from the DEVIN TONWSEND’s album “The physicist”.

In reality everything is already said. Planet Rain is just another metal band straight from the far north who decided to decorate his death Metal a thick layer of melody. We obviously think that the leaders of this type are DARK TRANQUILLITY and AT THE GATES as the influence of these two major groups is palpable. The only little originality is they take some elements from their Finnish neighbors. We thus find ultra-melodic acceleration that would not have denied NORTHER or KALMAH.

For the following, we evolve in familiar territory. The lack of originality is clearly the weak point of the group trying to extract relatively little influence from their glorious elders. This is unfortunate because it is clear that the group is steeped in talent. It is clean, neat, and square and the album is consumed without displeasure. Unfortunately, it rarely fails to hang on the ear and listening ends without a something catchy. Only “Kryptographik” with some excellent riffs is coming out of the lot. This track might even be good if it had not been marred by clear vocals completely off the plate.

The other tracks are more or less melodic, more or less brutal, while remaining consistently in the same straitjacket. It has very violent with "Shock Wave" or ultra-melodic with "Solstorm" without giving a feeling of variety that can be saving. We can simply say that Planet Rain forgot to make this album interesting. The vocals can also be improved. Singing typed black is too monotonous, the growly singing is a bit annoying and the clear vocals are very often disharmonized. It is fairly frustrating to say anything bad about this band as we feel that the potential is there. However some elements are missing from “The Fundamental Principles”, this is an album of melodic death metal like so many others. It is said that the third album is the maturity; i hope the members of PLANET RAIN remember that for their next album and lay an opus worthy of their talent.

3 Star Rating

1. On Darkling Plains
2. Fluxus
3. The Derilection Part II : The Bonds
4. Kryptographik
5. Solstorm
6. The World We Devour
7. Shock Wave
Pär Sving – Guitars, Vocals
Emil Westin – Guitars, Vocals
Marcus Karlsson – Bass, vocals
Tommy Holmer - Drums
Record Label: Mighty Music


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