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Arts & Allurements

by Band of Rain

A great balancing act of a gothic style album with lots of guitar and driving beats, which at the same time, allows you to chill out to it.
Genre: Rock: Goth
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1. Their Mistake
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2. The Devils Debts
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3. Stars Beneath The Sea
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4. Vampires
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5. Drusilla
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6. Arts & Allurements
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7. The Innocence
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8. Pan
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9. Monument
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10. The Deep
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Album Notes
This is the 3rd CD by Band of Rain.

It is the first album with Sharon Leslie writing and performing the vocals - and what vocals!
This CD is a bit darker than the previous 2, but retains the unique sound of Gills guitar work.

This CD actually verges on being gothic in many ways, but in no way is it a morbid or doom album.

It is also a more metal album than the other 2, with very powerful guitar riffs that will go in to your subconcious and remain there.

There are some very catchy choons on here !

There is a great balancing act to have a gothic style album with lots of guitar and driving beats, which at the same time,allows you to chill out to it.

Sharon Leslie's voice puts you in mind of Grace Slick.

They are still rehearsing and bouncing round members , but they should be on the road very soon....

Check out the samples and take a chance on this one, you won't be sorry

Oh check out the previous 2 Deep Space 2004 and Garlands 2005

Below is a review by Duncan Glenday of Sea of Tranquility

Our thanks go to him....

Band Of Rain: Arts And Allurements

Funny - the title track is one of the shortest pieces on the record, at just three-and-a-bit minutes. It starts as a hard instrumental rocker, then develops into a vocal-driven piece that would have been at home on the stage of Woodstock '69. More important - that song is representative of the rest of the music on the CD, and it heralds the direction that Chris Gill has chosen to take his music.

Band Of Rain used to be a spacey, ethereal outfit, somewhat typical of one-man projects. Pleasing music but somewhat unsubstantial. The new record is different: Gutsy, fronted by a powerful female vocalist, and bordering on a goth-rock sound. Think Pink Floyd meets Heart.

New singer Sharon Leslie has stamped her authority on Arts And Allurements. Remember the new vocalist for Flamborough Head, Margriet Boonsma? The singing is similar to her timbre - not much range, it even gets a bit gruff in places, but it's a wonderfully strong low-register contralto, melodic, and played through just enough reverb to make it rich and appealing. Think modern-era Porcupine Tree fronted by Lana Lane singing in her lower ranges.

But is isn't all about the vocals. Chris Gill has injected a heavy dose of testosterone into this album. Listen to "Monument", the 9-1/2 minute mini-epic. It has a constantly shifting structure, heavy in parts, restless, and led by those appealing vocals and strong but lazy guitar work played over an insistent, dynamic rhythm. Even the fast sections of the long guitar solo toward the end somehow seem languid.

There's a sort of Floydian vibe to this music. It doesn't sound like Pink Floyd, but it fits into that general mold: Clean instrumentation that runs from hard-rocking to lazy and ambient, nicely played, some electronica - but not too much, not enormously complex but with song structures that constantly shift and develop over the length of each track. Progressive tendencies, bordering on approachable.

Band Of Rain has progressed beyond a man with a studio and an idea to a band with a mission and the balls to achieve it. The new direction is pleasing, and it will be rewarding to watch where they go from here - 'cuz you can be sure the next record won't be anything like this one. This is nod-your-head, tune-in, zone-out stuff that insists on multiple replays.

Track Listing:
1. Their Mistake
2. The Devil's Debts
3. Stars Beneath The Sea
4. Vampire
5. Drusilla
6. Arts & Allurements
7. The Innocence
8. Pan
9. Monument
10.The Deep

Added: May 31st 2007
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Score: 4.5 stars
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Language: english


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Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E - Zine

"Arts & Allurements" is rich, and everything is done to lead us through this ver
Chris Gill began playing guitar at 13, but really got in to it after seeing "The Groundhogs" and more specifically "Tony McPhee" in 1970. It wasn't long before he had a school band together called "Gondolin" doing some groundhogs covers. Inevitably they split up after leaving school, and Chris played with various different bands in the then thriving Bedford U.K. music scene. Prowl and The Eyes of Eleanor being 2 of them. He got invited to a Bath Arts workshop in 1973 which was to introduce him to the world of improvisation. Chris, Lol Coxhill ("Kevin Ayers" & the whole world) and the mighty George Khan ("Robert Wyatt" "Soft Machine") and members of the Global Village Trucking Company played non stop for about 6 hours, even through a "Hawkwind" gig that was going on in the next room, without playing the same thing twice. In fact when the "Hawkwind" gig finished, they came on stage and jammed along too. Chris saw the potential of improvisation and the benefits it brings to song ideas and decided to develop it. Trying to re create the magic of Bath with many musicians, it never really worked. Add to that, by now the UK music scene was heading in to Punk, like so many others he decided to try his luck in the USA. He moved to Houston Texas and found a club there called Carnabys in the bohemian Montrose area, where he met a whole bunch of like minded musicians. They soon put a band together, and found themselves playing at various universities and clubs across the southern states. In the mean time, Chris decided to move to L.A. where he remained for about a year coaching actors to talk with an English accent and working with young bands that were trying to get off the ground. Add to this that he had found new inspiration talking to "Nick Mason" ("Pink Floyd") he started to put together what we now know as Band Of Rain. Because he wanted to try to make a new kind of music, he decided to take on the debut album "Deep Space" as a solo project, as he really was not sure which direction it would go in. Except for some help with vocals from good friend Andy Fisher, he played all the other instruments himself. His wife Katrina who is also a musician played the flute on "Casanova of the Cliff Dwellers". Band Of Rain is a amazing band and a musical project certainly capable of creating some astonishing, enjoyable and moving Progressive Music, where the leadership is Chris Gill, a musician who display a special talent, a hunter and researcher of differents progressive sounds, a versatile musician capable to satisfy all different legions of Progressiver Rock listeners. "Arts & Allurements" is very different from the first two albums and, deserves some special attention, mainly because it sounds more as a blend of Symphonic Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Hard Rock including some "Gothic" textures. The main attraction on the songs are, the strong and powerful vocals from "Sharon Leslie", performing a variety of vocal tones, run from melodic to hard, but without aggressiveness. The guitars solos, created by "Chris Hill" sounds so pure, sometimes symphonic and sometimes aggressive, complemented by incredible bass, drums and keyboards elements. The music on "Arts & Allurements" is rich, and everything is done to lead us through this very special musical universe full of atmospheric melodies. All tracks are developed under a superb orchestration, very powerful and emotional, in my opinion, one of the best albuns from 2007. Just listen "Their Mistake", "The Devils Debts", "Vampires", "Drusilla", "Arts & Allurements" and "Pan", where everything sounds incredible but "Monument" I really consider the best song on this album. The musicians on Band Of Rain are: Sharon Leslie - Vocals/Lyrics - Vocal Melodies, Chris Gill - Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals and Writer, Richard Northwood - Keyboards, Andy Whitfield - Bass and Vocals, Tim Walkers - Drums and Graham Elks - Guitar. Brilliant, perfect, amazing and an indispensable work, highly recommendable for all Progressive Rock fans around the world... (Comments by Carlos Vaz)