Thursday, April 7, 2016

Kristoffer Gildenlöw "The Rain"

Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Art Rock
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 7, 2016
1. After The Rain, Pt. II (3:32)
2. Holding On, Pt. I (5:54)
3. Seeking The Sun, Pt. I (3:22)
4. Seeking The Sun, Pt. II (1:53)
5. Worthy (2:45)
6. Holding On, Pt. II (2:31)
7. See It All (4:51)
8. Peripheral Memory (3:57)
9. Breathe In, Breathe Out (2:33)
10. In The Evening (5:38)
11. It Was Me (4:11)
12. Drizzle (5:13)
13. She (4:54)
14. All For You (1:15)
15. The Funeral, Pt. I (1:01)
16. The Funeral, Pt. II (1:54)

Total time 55:24

Kristoffer Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation) - Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Bass Guitars, Double Bass & Glockenspiel
Lars Erik Asp (Gazpacho) - Drums and Percussion
Paul Coenradie - Electric Guitar
Fredrik Hermansson (Pain of Salvation) - Piano & Electric Piano
Anne Bakker - Violin, Viola & Vocals
Maaike  (Kovacs, Ayreon, Kingfisher Sky) - Cello
Norman Ebicilio - Vocals (12)
Cees Pouw - Accordeon
Popkoor Zuilen - Choir

There is a lot of room for instruments that you normally do not use that much on rock records, like violins, cello and a church organ, but to be honest, ‘The Rain’ is not a rock record. It is a record that requires the listener to be involved. It is not something you will have playing on the background, no, you have got to give it your undivided attention. And if you can do that, you will appreciate the efforts of the musicians involved. There are some nice short instrumentals, and the songs with vocals are most of the time atmospheric. As the disease progresses the songs become a bit more darker and also a bit faster, especially after the track ,,Breathe In, Breathe Out”, where the disease makes it way towards the end of the life of the man. As we are talking about the music, do not expect any heavy pieces, the songs are more quiet, dark and thoughtful. At moments the records reminds me a little bit of Pink Floyd in their Syd Barrett/Roger Waters era.

Read the full review by Michel van de Moosdijk at headbangerslifestyle.com

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