Deep Space is the first album released by Band of Rain in September 2004.The songs draw from many different influences, some more obvious than others, however they have been able to produce 13 songs that are original, and their own.
This is Spacey Ambient guitar rock, but could almost be described as chilled metal. The fusion between hard and soft is quite intriguing and works very well. There are 4 songs with vocals the rest are instrumentals.The songs do get in to your head and stay there for quite some time, this is not unpleasant.
There is some pretty hard rock here,and quieter moments too.
Chris's guitar playing is unique, and a bit different, but with influences from Gilmour and Hillage.
Deep Space has had some very good reviews and the band continues to grow their fan base all over the world.
The music has been likened to Pink Floyd as well as Hawkwind which seems like a bit of a weird pairing but there is no doubt, it is a little bit different.
The founder member and lead guitarist Chris Gill has a vast armoury of ideas and is always trying to move the boundaries forward.
Deep Space is really a must have, and time will show that Band of Rain have something special to offer and they will be played in many rock circles for many years to come.
Their second album Garlands was released in September 2005.
This is what people have said about Band of Rains music:
Review below from Duncan Glenday www.seaoftranquility.org
This record's title describes the music far better than its somewhat pedestrian, terrestrial cover art does. It is indeed deeply spacey. By definition, space music is a series of textures and wide sonic landscapes, ethereal and without substance, often without rhythm or melody or conventionally sung vocal components, leading to a floating ambient sense of consciousness.
It's easy to imagine space music in movie soundtracks - and you've probably heard a lot of space music in that context. On its own, it sometimes challenges the patience, which probably explains why the genre has a somewhat specialized audience. Think Ozrics and Hawkwind. That space music definition describes many of the elements on Band Of Rain's debut CD, but fortunately for most of us, many sections on most tracks rescue Deep Space from being too spaced out. With occasional singing, nice guitar work and good bass lines, it's a tad more approachable than most space music. There's plenty of electronica here, but the band injects enough analog components to give it character.
Despite an insistent percussion, "Casanova Of The Cliff Dwellers" is 4 minutes of repeated soft electronic lines, an interesting but repetitive guitar riff, then on to more electronica with a repeated piano motif and a series of odd effects, all far back in the mix. Yet the very next song has a pleasing dual guitar line that rescues the record it from the formless waffle that is the trap of so much space music. The first 3 minutes of "Last Wave Goodbye" features a British maritime weather and conditions report laid over formless ambient music, and the rest of the track follows that stream-of-consciousness kind of sound that goes through various changes but never really develops into anything stronger. There are places in the record where it seems you can actually hear the start and end of the loop, and the programmed percussion might frighten some listeners off. "Cloudburst" is the standout track here, going through several clearly defined sections with well managed tempo changes, a good 'groove' and an underlying theme that guides the piece through its full 4 minutes.
"War and Peace" is quite fun as well, with control of the song alternating between war effects played over crunchy power chords and blazing lead guitar, and an elegantly peaceful motif. Rather progressive, somewhat spacey. There is singing on four of the tracks, with the voices being soft and relaxed and somewhat folksy. Songwriter and founding member Chris Gill claims influences from '60s psychedelia and '70s prog, and given the style of this music it's no surprise that he confesses that his favorite bands are Gong and Ozric Tentacles. Band Of Rain has completed their second CD, and we already have a copy for review. Early indications are very favorable, so watch this space...
"...incredibly complex and mesmerising"
Progressive Soundscapes radio.
"This is Fantastic music"
Sergio Vilar - Nucleus Prog
"Music that touches the Deep Space in ones soul "
Melos Prog Bazaar