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Tight, assured and melodic.

If we’re honest (and we always are, fact fans), Bosnia isn’t a hotbed of rocking talent. With this in mind, it’s nice that a band like Heaven Rain can come from there, hopefully paving the way for other talented bands to follow in their wake. Fronted by the impossibly sexy Miona Graorac, Heaven Rain have improved since their 2008 debut, and getting a good female singer seems to suit them down to the ground, as previously they had a bloke on the payroll.

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The songs on ‘Second Sun’ have a strong keyboard influence to them, probably due to the fact that the band’s main man and founder is keyboard player Goran Bastinac. The band has been lumped into the ‘power metal’ bracket by most reviewers, but to be honest I see them as more of a straightforward rock band, as they lack the pace and dexterity associated with power metal. This doesn’t mean they are not good, though, as ‘Second Sun’ is a thoroughly decent release.

Aside from the now obligatory boring-as-bollocks instrumental introduction (I dread these now), the album is chock full of upbeat, melodic goodness, aside from the rather dreary ballad ‘Nowhere’. The album falls down a bit in that it doesn’t have a great deal of memorable choruses and as a result the songs can come across as a bit samey. There’s plenty to like, though, especially if you enjoy keyboard and guitar solos, of which there are plenty. ‘Second Sun’ should put Heaven Rain on the tip of many tongues, as it’s an album that deserves an audience. Tight, assured and melodic, has it’s flaws but they are outweighed by it’s strengths, and I look forward to hearing more from Heaven Rain in the future…

Alan Holloway

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