Lords of Metal review » For My Pain... - Fallen

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For My Pain... - Fallen

For My Pain... - FallenAernout: September 2003. The latest Lords of Metal issue is on line, and you are reading this review. Mummyish metal heads can stop reading. Those who are only interested in thrashing, pounding, battering, bashing, hacking, tearing, moshing, screaming, grunting and the subtle double bass. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but this album is just not your thing. Same goes for people who don’t enjoy easy listening, almost rock-like, very accessible metal (which reminded me of Him from time to time). ‘Fallen’ is not a difficult album, but it is a strong album for those who are into this style of music.

Let’s go back to autumn of 1999. Altti Vetelsäinen and Petri Sankala (both Eternal Tears of Sorrow) start tossing around the idea of puttign together a new gothic oriented project. When the bass player and drummer think of how to complete the band the names of keyboards player Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) and guitar player Lauri Tuohimaa (Embraze / Maple Cross) soon emerge. Everyone agrees that this is a fine plan, but since they are all very busy with their own bands, they decide to keep the idea in the back of their heads.

2002. Second guitar player Olli-Pekka Törrö (Eternal Tears of Sorrow) and vocalist Juha Kylmänen (RefleXion) are persuaded to join the band, and the all star team can start recording the songs, that were mainly written by Olli-Pekka, Juha en Lauri (the arrangements were taken care of by the entire band). Jarmo Kylmänen (Scyron) is responsible for the three other songs and has taken care of the male backing vocals (together with Lauri). The female vocals are (brilliantly and only in one song unfortunately) done by Miriam Renvåg (Ram-Zet).

July 2003. I receive a package by mail. Four CDs. One of them immediately sticks out. Outstanding art work, professional appearance, and when I leaf through the booklet, it soon becomes clear that we are talking about a collection of the best musicians. For My Pain... is the band’s name. ‘Fallen’ is the title of the CD. And when I hear this album, my smile is ear to ear.

The problem with a first class record such as this one, is that it’s hard to speak of individual songs sticking out. Still I think it wouldn’t do “Dancer in the Dark“ justice not to at least try to. If only because of Miriam Renvåg’s gorgeous voice. In this track she sings a duet with Juha and seems to be the winner. Unfortunately, unfortunately, unfortunately she never again is this prominent on the CD. Of course, For My Pain... doesn’t run the risk of being instantly compared to bands such as Nightwish, Within Temptation and in the Netherlands also After Forever, this way. Still I wouldn’t have minded hearing more of Miriam’s voice. Because Juha uses his voice in an alternating way, the music is very diverse and flirts with heavier metal every now and again, and because For My Pain... isn’t yet another clone of what we already had, this turned out to be a worthwhile record, which will be played frequently. “Dancer in the Dark” will get an extra turn every time I play the album. 

Score 80/100



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