To be really frank, I never understood the difference between Gothic Rock and Gothic Metal and what makes them or their fronteirs. I know it’s more the lyrics and the attitude than the music, but so far. The lirical theme is more more about sadness, melancholy, despair, creatures of the night as bats and things, vampirism and all. But musically it beats me. In my mind The Cure sum it up and, maybe, that’s why I’ve been having so little interest in this subgenre. Some bands leave you a mark… I mean, of course, I have reviewed a great deal of Gothic bands here but I don’t care about their labelling or whatsoever.
I have to make an exception today to Tomorrow’s Rain and their “Hollow” because at the beginning they show what they’re here for. I mean, with a quick look on the names of the songs the fan figures what’s to come. The song titles are short, most of them of only word and pass everyuthing the band is all about as in “The Weeping Song” and “Fear” both meaning exactly the feelings the band has to pass. Musicwise, the band does what it takes to pass the fan all the melancholy they feel. The harmonic progression of their songs is built or to make a contrast or to emphasize fear and pain and sorrow. That’s why the use a myriad of voices in the album, which by the way is a thing that I support and appreciate. Voices here make the contrast and emphasize the pain while guitars give a sad melodic wrap or emphasize the contrasts. Sometimes as in “A Year I Would Like to Forget” it bursts in a desperate and full of anger solo that jawbreaks the fan due to the energy it passes. Following track “In the Corner of a Dead End Street” follows the same path with a more emphasis on the voices and the contrrasting guitars. I’ve got to tell that I appreciate this a lot. To tell you the truth I find Tomorrow’s Rain’s music very rich and complex. Ah, and the band doesn’t make a constant use of keyboards to enrich and give more options to mooding. Only “Misery Rain” does a plain use of them.
Bottom line, I have to confess that I lo ve to be proved wrong by bands and Tomorrow’s Rain did with flying colors. Congrats, guys!
Tomorrow’s Rain “Hollow” will be released on September 11th via AOP Records.
- Trees – feat. Shlomi Bracha (Mashina)
- Fear – feat. Aaron Stainthrope (My Dying Bride)
- A Year I Would Like to Forget
- In the Corner of a Dead End Street – feat. Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) & Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land)
- Misery Rain – feat. Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell) & Mikko Kotamaki (Swallow The Sun)
- Into the Mouth of Madness – feat. Jeff Loomis (Nevermore/Arch Enemy) & Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land)
- Hollow – feat. Spiros Antoniou (Septicflesh)
- The Weeping Song – feat. Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), Anders Jacobsson (Draconian) & Lisa Cuthbert (Live Female vocals of The Sisters Of Mercy)
Watch “Tomorrow’s Rain” official video here: