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Former Sonata Arctica guitar player Jani Liimatainen releases his second effort under the moniker of Cain's Offering. As on the first record, 2009's Gather The Faithful, Timo Kotipelto of Stratovarius handles the vocals and his efforts are in fact precise, undeniably still remarkable and also highly suitable to fit this type of musical experience.
While Jani's former bandmates left most of their roots and the essence of power metal a decade ago, this guy has unmistakably chosen to stay true to his game and much of this record sort of derives from 15-20 years back. Even if a few songs seemingly lean towards hard rock or heavy metal, there's no doubt whatsoever to what type of music this release belongs to or to which fans this effort ultimately addresses to. To really complete the picture of being a power metal act, Cain's Offering chiefly delivers a mixture of rather speedy songs, very speedy songs and of course a pair of occasional ballads.
The music feels somewhat dated and a couple of things seem kind of borrowed, although I truly believe that the latter is coincidental. These attributes don't necessarily mean that this record is something shitty or dull and if you have a look at this unit's experienced lineup, it's not particularly astounding that they are able to produce a bunch of catchy metal songs, even though many songs maybe aren't stunning enough to really make a truly awesome impression.
I nevertheless find the majority of this record satisfactory. It has a few songs that are captivating and in terms of songwriting I believe that this effort outruns the capacity of today's Sonata Arctica. If you in the past have grown a weak spot in your mind and soul for power metal with rather high-pitched vocals, I see no reason to why you shouldn't check out this work immediately.
also review of: Gather