Bringing an absorbing and accomplished tapestry of melodic death metal to bear on the imagination, Zer0ed By Pr0gress the new album from Russian band Rainwill provides a wealth of satisfaction which matches an eager creative adventure. Though not ground-breaking as such the eleven track release is ripe with an invention and exploration which sets it apart from similarly sculpted releases. Evocative and unafraid to push ideas, the band and album make for a deeply appetising triumph to treat the ears and more.
Rainwill began in the October of 2000, formed by vocalist Sergey “Sclep” Grebenkov, guitarist Alexander Krylov, and Alexey Gunenko to explore their desire to create melodic-death metal. The first few years saw the band build a sturdy presence through their live performances and appearances at festivals, the band sharing stages with the likes of Rossomahaar, Kruger, Necropsy, Little Dead Bertha, Skyfall, and Non Immemor Mei. 2003 saw their debut demo Will Of Rain appear to be followed five years later by a three track promo. Debut album Canvas escaped Rainwill’s imagination in 2009 to eager responses as was a tour across the Ukraine with Ambivalence. From 2011 the band worked on creating Zer0ed By Pr0gress over the next couple of years, and with a line-up of guitarist Kirill “Dr. Horror” Mashkov, bassist Dmitry Ponomarenko, and drummer Dmitry “Kain” Grinenkov alongside Grebenkov and Krylov, the Fono Ltd released album is poised to wake up a wider enthusiastic attention for the band.
The Voronezh based quintet immediately stretch and ignite the senses with the album’s title track, guitars expelling spirals of sonic heat and acidic persuasion whilst rhythms rampage with the hunger of the devil through the ear, their touch punchy and commanding. Intimidating vocal growls frequent the battlements of the song built by menacing riffery and rhythmic predation but aligned to this tempest is a melodic endeavour which coaxes out greater adventure as it reveals its persuasive hand through impressive harmonies and keys to continually tempt with the twisting sonic sculpting by the guitars. It is a very strong starter, not strikingly setting new borders for the genre but a full captivation which is immediately surpassed by its successor.
Pleasure from Amusement instantly launches its carnivorous jaw lined with senses tearing riffs and a rhythmic breath of rapacious intent. Bestial with a great djent seeded stutter to its riffery, the track soon expands its melodic arms with excellent clean vocals persistently switching with impressive heavy growling; musically melodies and enticing grooves similarly sharing temptation with the track’s predatory instinct. A scintillating testing seduction of the senses making the first pinnacle of the release it is soon matched by the alluring Value of Life, the song taking the mixture of its predecessor to richer appealing heights, and the electro induced Slipstream. The second of the two has an industrial essence to its presence, a feel of Fear Factory pervading the savage intensity and creative dark rabidity which marks the band’s sound and invention. It sculpts another peak on the album and confirms the strong appetite already in place for the album.
From the delicious evocative melodic instrumental Starving the album seems to stretch its creative legs even further, the likes of Hatred Rises with a vibrant progressive appetite fused into another raptorial heart and the powerful One Word with its soaring vocals and destructive intent, firing up greater bouts of pleasure and enterprise. As mentioned there is plenty which is familiar or certainly has been trodden by the genre over the years but it is fair to say that Rainwill takes it into a new and exhaustingly enthralling domain.
Every track on the album uncages a voracious provocation and a craving for creative adventure, Self-Deception Progress a prime example of the addictive proposition with its scorching melodic embrace within a ravenous bordering brutal storm. Completed by the spellbinding key spawned, melody soaked emotive caress of Model2 and the final intensive examination of the psyche Last Man Who Saw The Day, the album is a magnificent release which earns greater reactions and acclaim over each traverse of its magnetic glory.
Rainwill must surely become a more recognisable name and presence in the wake of Zeroed by Progress, the album an unreserved recommendation for genre fans and especially fans of bands like Soilwork, At the Gates, and Sonic Syndicate.
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