Rain-XXX (Aural Music)
Apparently, this Italian hard rock/heavy metal band are celebrating thirty years of existence here with this compilation release.
Regardless of this fact, the music contained here within XXX is of a surprisingly high quality, delivering on the promise of sleazy hard rock and melodic traditional metal with an obvious and apparent love for the source material. In case you were wondering, think big hair, stiff drinks and unprotected sex; of slick licks and stadium ready choruses, prancing ’round with a Sunset Strip strut.
The only aspect of these songs which lets the band down is the somewhat shoddy production value; a rough ’round the edges feel which doesn’t do their crisp song attempts enough justice. The accented English and somewhat clumsy handling of the lyrics also doesn’t do XXX any favors, but it isn’t that big a deal with Rain let loose with some echoes of old school Maiden harmony. These licks creep up now and then, as well, letting us know that Rain do indeed possess a metal heart beating within their whiskey ‘n women exterior. Across the board, all the songs here are instantly memorable and hit that traditional note in a big way. This one was a surprise, so give it a shot!
Written by MetalGeorge