For Rain, legendary
act on even since 1980, time seems to have stopped as confirmed in this
3rd album, starting without intros with "Odissey",
lively HM with power refrains and Max Festa's and Danger Zone's Roberto
Priori's fine guitar solos, followed by "Last Race",
displaying another effective chorus, and by "Still Alive",
classic 80's HR. Here come my fave "Halt", endowed
with a marvellous Megadeth-oriented axe solo, and tough "Welcome
Back", surely the catchiest of the lot. And how to remain impassive
before the adrenalinic "Heavy Metal"?, or the hip-swaying
and vicious "Little Devil", coming just before "Network",
embodying another cool solo from an old Bolognese acquaintance, Crying
Steel's Franco Nipoti, overcome by "The Gate"'s
solo only, which would otherwise be a good song, though not very original.
The task to close the hostilities is entrusted to "End of Time",
unfailing ballad. So, the songwriting receipt is still the same and
the conclusion, too: Rain can sound boring and old-fashioned to the
15-20-year-olds, and can be exciting for the older, just because, many
of the latter lived the golden age of 80's HR, HM, power, and thrash.
Very interesting and useful the CD-Rom section, too, with pics, lyrics,
trilingual bio, etc.