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3.96 | 56 ratings | 4 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Brain Death (5:24)
2. Think Again (4:19)
3. Living Hell (5:17)
4. My Own Blood (5:05)
5. Empty Helmet (10:50)
6. 13-8 (5:02)
7. The Clang of Shields Pt. I (6:54)
8. The Clang of Shields Pt. II (3:25)
9. Anthem to Creation (18:21)
10. Breaking of the 7 Seals (4:47)
11. Marionettes (9:23)

Total Time 78:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Yannis Papadopoulos / vocals, guitar solo (8), choir arranger & conductor
- Theodore "Teo" Amaksopoulos / acoustic & electric guitars
- Lefteris Germenlis / piano, keyboards, programming, backing vocals
- Bill Gkagkavouzis / bass
- Alex Hughes / drums & percussion

- Vicky Psarakis / backing vocals
- Kostas Papadopoulos / backing vocals (7)

Releases information

Artwork: Michael Vincent Manalo

CD Escape Music ‎- ESM256 (2013, UK)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
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Review by kev rowland
5 stars Until Rain is a progressive metal band that was formed back in 2004 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It took until 2009 for their debut album to appear, and they are now back with their second, and yet again I find myself at a total loss to try and work out how come I haven't come across these guys before? There are some great bands coming out of Greece at the moment, and Until Rain are definitely part of that group. Here is a band that is bringing together elements of prog metal, melodic and experimental metal, art rock, electronic music with some AOR sensibilities, so that they come across as Threshold mixed with Dream Theater, Dragonforce and Symphony X, with bits of King Crimson thrown in for good measure. Yannis Papadopoulos is an incredible singer, with great range and control, and behind him is a band with every skill one could wish for. Lefteris Germenlis has a deft touch on the keys, sometimes being over the top and at others adding just little nuances, while bassist Bill Gkagkavouzis is happy to play in and around the beat adding his own melodies, or just to tack it down while drummer Alex Hughes is monstrous. Then last, and certainly not least, we have Theo Amaxopoulos, who is a shredder par excellence.

There are times when the band is heavy, really heavy, and Theo is providing an incredible note density yet at all times he knows that he has a part to play within the whole and the result is a band that are always on the edge, always striving for that little bit more, but never allowing any single person to take over the whole show. Until it is time for he solos that is, when they all use the opportunity to shine without forgetting that it is a band effort. Along with the aforementioned bands, fans of Savatage and Stratovarius should be aware that here is a band that are mixing the prog metal, symphonic metal and power metal genres into something that is intense, melodic, powerful and essential, all at the same time.

I notice that the band are currently offering a special deal on their albums and EP so now could not be a better time to discover yet another incredible act from Greece. And if someone asked me to pick between these guys and Firewind, it would be Until Rain that would win out. For more details visit

Review by Second Life Syndrome
4 stars In a year with several disappointing progressive metal releases, I think it's safe to say that I am a little wary. However, I think this is a good state of mind to employ because then an album has a chance to surprise you. Greece's Until Rain have done just that with their pleasant brand of melodic prog metal.

Sometimes, 'Anthem to Creation' feels like a power metal album. Other times, it feels like melodic metal. Still again, it feels like a heavier version of neo-prog. The band certainly breaks the mold by introducing quite a bit of variety, though the distinctions between songs aren't immensely different. They are there, though.

What does that mean? It means that Until Rain offers metal fans plenty of crashing riffs and technical expertise, especially early on in the album. Tracks such as 'Living Hell' (possibly the best) and 'Empty Helmet' definitely fall here; but other tracks, such as 'Marionettes', employ a great synth-driven style that I was surprised to hear. Complex, yet beautiful in both melody and vocal harmony, 'Anthem to Creation' has much going for it. I must say, though, that I'm not a huge fan of the vocals, although the singer certainly does not grate upon my ears. His voice is pretty standard, though.

Instrumentally, the band excels. The drumming is appropriate, and features some great fills. The guitar work is also hard-hitting and dynamic. Indeed, I think I would place Until Rain under the Symphony X umbrella instead of the Dream Theater realm of influence simply because the guitar work is so much like 'Paradise Lost' and the like. This band certainly can play, and the composition is pretty good, too. In fact, the title track is a great 18+ minute epic, so that in itself shows that these guys can write well.

All in all, this isn't an earth-shattering release, but it is competently written, expertly performed, and passionately presented. It also helps that some rather deep topics are in discussion within this album, so that adds to the intensity and almost desperate tone of some of the songs. Progressive metals fans will really be pleased with this solid release, I think.

Review by b_olariu
4 stars Until Rain is aone of the promissing prog metal bands not only from Greece but from Europe aswell in last years. This year, few month ago, they released their second offer named Anthem to creation. I know their previous album from 2009 (don't count here the EP from 011) and I was pleasent surprised about their music, really. They offer a type of Dream Theater like prog metal, with nice breaks, twists and all the ingredinets to be afairly good album. Well, the follow up is even better and tops the previous work easely. The vocalist, the new voice of Until Rain Yannis Papadopoulos is a competent full of power voice who really manage to have some spectacular moments like on opening Brain Death on Living Hell is amazing , some top notch vocal lines. Speaking about instrumental parts, all pieces kick ass, specially Living Hell, Empty Helmet, the epic title track or the last tune Marionettes, all arrangements are more then excellent, complicated prog metal with a lot to offer to the listner. All in all, a very good this second release that probably will please every prog metal fan, the album got lots of excellent reviews an aplauses world wide. Fans of Dream Theater, Symphony X, Soul Secret, Vanden Plas or those who like a more complex with great guitars, keyboards and all kind of Progressive Metal should check this band. Easy 4 stars, great art work.

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4 stars This is a 3.5 review for me but definitely a 4 star for every dedicated progressive metal fan. Until Rain hails from Thessaloniki city, which is the second greek city in population but holds the first place for decades now in giving birth to good metal/rock bands. Formed in 2004, this ... (read more)

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