Once in a while band comes along that you see live before their album is released and you simply count the days until the album comes out. This was the case for us with Burning Rain. We first saw these guys at the Rock Harvest Fallen Blue benefit concert last fall and were simply blown away.
Now the band is not new and has actually released two albums previously in 1999 and 2000. This is a band made up of some serious veteran rockers. The band is fronted by one of the original members from the first two albums: lead singer Keith St. John. The other founding member will be no stranger to many either. Doug Aldrich on lead guitars is known from a ton of other great bands including Whitesnake, Dio, and Hurricane just to name a few.
The stars on this album don’t end there. The band’s drummer Mat Starr will be known by many as Ace Frehley’s drummer. Bass player Sean McNabb has played with Quiet Riot, XYZ, Great White and a ton of other bands, and is also an actor who has appeared on FX’s The Sons of Anarchy as well as other acting gigs including commercials and the like.
But enough of the resume’, the new album “Epic Obsession” from Burning Rain is their best release yet and is an amazing new release that is not some corporate product of some “supergroup”. This album is the real deal! The music has all of the powerful influence of the various band members 80’s metal roots, but with a fresh new sound that will more than hold it’s own in the modern rock market.
Doug Aldrich’s guitar work on this release is phenomenal as one would expect and Keith St. John has absolutely “still got it” vocally. The album features a nice mix of some heavy fast tunes such as the heavy rocking tune “Til You Die” and “Pray Out Loud” that you want to definitely want to crank up. The band has flat out nailed the heavy tunes on this release.
Having given justice to the heavier tunes, I must say that even better are the soulful bluesy tunes on “Epic Obsession” including the tunes “Out in the Cold” and my absolute hands down favorite tune on this release “Heaven Gets Me By”. We first heard this tune played acoustically at the Rock Harvest Fallen Blue Event and have been hoping to find it acoustically on the CD. To our delight, there is an acoustic version of the tune on the deluxe CD on Itunes, This tune alone is worth the price of the CD.
Burning Rain’s “Epic Obsession” has been given the much coveted MARR status of “must own” album. Don’t miss the chance to see them live if you have the opportunity, they are amazing. I know we’ll be scanning the touring schedules looking for the chance to see them again.