Cain’s Offering – Gather The Faithful

Gather The FaithfulPERKELE! What the hell just happen? What is this album? New band of Ex-Sonata Arctica Jani Liimatainen? Wasn’t he “kindly” asked to leave SA 2007 and the reasons were…and I quote… “his messing around with his compulsory military/civil/prison duty, or rather, complete failure to take care of it”. Well Sonata Arctica had a new guitar player Elias Viljanen and they continued their path. Sonata Arctica are about to release their “Days Of Grays” album but in all honesty they really need to deliver a killer album to even remotely overtake Jani’s “Gather The Faithful”-album. Who knows…maybe they will. I do have my confidence on Sonata Arctica cause they have always been a good band. Enough about SA though…I will review their new album at some point anyway.

With Cain’s Offering Jani Liimatainen has hooked on with very talented musicians. Vocalist Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto), keyboardist Mikko Harkin (Solution.45, Mehida, ex-Sonata Arctica, ex-Wingdom, ex-Kenziner), bassist Jukka Koskinen (Norther, Wintersun) and drummer Jani “Hurtsi” Hurula (Paul Di’Anno). The roster seems to be in order…what about the album then? Would you believe me if I’d say it doesn’t have a single bad song on it? Well like in all reviews…these are always just opinions of one person but mine is that every song on “Gather The Faithful” is excellent. And I am so hyped up about it since this rarely EVER happens! There is another side to all this of course…when you hear an album which sounds just about perfect from the first time on there is always the chance that you get bored as quickly. And that was what I felt also…”Man this album is so good that it simply can’t last”. Well I have listened the album now for about 20 times and although there are some songs that start wearing out a bit, it’s still a god damn good album. If I would have made this review a week ago I would have given it 10/10.

I am not going to review each song this time. But what I am going to do is talk about it in general. The first thing that came to my mind when listening to “Gather The Faithful” was that it reminded me of old Sonata Arctica. Ecliplica and Silence times. And the second thing that caught my attention was Kotipelto. Man it has been years since he sounded this good. I think we have to go all the way to Destiny and Infinite era of Stratovarius. His voice sounds so natural and clear. Whatever they did in the studio to make the man sing like that…don’t change anything in the future. I was also very impressed about Mikko Härkin. Well overall the chemistry in the band sounds very tight.

From “Gather The Faithful” I would lift the following songs as absolute pearls: “My Queen Of Winter”, “More Than Friends”, “Gather The Faithful”, “Thorn In My Side”, “Dawn Of Solace” and “Oceans Of Regret”. I could easily recommend this cd to anyone. Only if you totally hate high and clear vocals you might want to reconsider. But even so…you should give it a chance.

Gather The Faithful tracklist:
My Queen Of Winter
More Than Friends
Ocean Of Regret
Gather The Faithful
Into The Blue
Dawn Of Solace
Thorn In My Side
Morpheus In A Masquerade
Stolen Waters
Elegantly Broken

4/5 : 1 Vote

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