Sonata Arctica founder Jani Liimatainen’s pet project Cain’s Offering released their debut album, Gather The Faithful back in 2009 and while that was a pretty solid affair, it didn’t create much stir on the overall scene. Now six years later, Stormcrow is the sophomore effort and immediately everything sounds a bit more amped up on this release. The music is like Sonata Arctica on steroids with a bit of a bunch in the guts to it, yet still keeping the majestic sound that made Sonata Arctica a household name. Cain’s Offering have delivered an interesting musical medley here going the full gamut of speedy power metal such as the opening title track, to the melodic, catchy as hell A Night To Forget, complete with a hint of Rush in the vocals. Throw in some modern hard rock sounds and you end up with a very well rounded bit of European powerprog at it’s finest. Of course with the incredibly talented Stratovarius crooner Timo Kotipelto belting out the notes in all his glory and bandmate Jens Johansson tickling the metallic ivory, you have a quasi supergroup right there. The modern feeling of a few of the tracks does get a bit distracting at times, but other than that, from production to musicianship there is very little that I can find fault here. A very fine Offering indeed!!
Choice Tracks – Stormcrow, The Best Of Times, Constellation Of Tears, A Night To Forget