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UNTIL RAIN

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UNTIL RAIN is a young Progressive Metal band formed in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2004 by 14-year old schoolmates, Orestis FIKOS (Bass), Lefteris GERMENLIS (Keyboards) and Alex HUGHES (Drums). After releasing two demos between 2006 and 2008 , UNTIL RAIN come with their first studio album in 2009 named "The Reign of Dreams", issued at Steel Gallery Records, it got a positive reviews all over the country and not only for a great debut in this genre. Fans of DREAM THEATER, SHADOW GALLERY or those who like a more complex and yet melodic kind of Progressive Metal should check this band.

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Come 2011, and with two line-up changes (Yannis PAPADOPOULOS on vocals instead of Damianos ROUSSOS and Bill GKAGKAVOUZIS on bass replacing FIKOS), UNTIL RAIN release an EP called ''Pandemic'' through Steel Gallery Records. Two years later, in August 2013, the second full album of the band is released through Escape Music, entitled ''Anthem to Creation'', receiving good reviews and setting off the band on a European tour.

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3.56 | 5 ratings
The Reign of Dreams
2009
4.06 | 30 ratings
Anthem to creation
2013

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4.95 | 3 ratings
Pandemic
2011

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 Anthem to creation by UNTIL RAIN album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 30 ratings

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Anthem to creation
Until Rain Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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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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 The Reign of Dreams by UNTIL RAIN album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.56 | 5 ratings

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The Reign of Dreams
Until Rain Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars And so I have now worked back to the debut, which was released in 2009. The shredding here is really intense, and the impression is not so much of a progressive metal band, but more of a melodic metal outfit trying to work out how to make room for the keyboards, yet definitely using interesting time signatures and arrangements. Parts of this remind me of Threshold's debut 'Wounded Land', although Damianos-Cosmas Roussos's voice is more like LaBrie than Wilson. He is a fine singer, but did seem to have some problems with holding some of the high notes. But, this was the only album he made with the band, as he left to be replaced by current singer Yannis Papadopoulos in 2010. Overall, this is an intense album, with crunching riffs, as the band are out to make an impact, which they certainly do.

Incredibly, the band was formed 2004, in Thessaloniki Greece, by Orestis Fikos (bass), Lefteris Germenlis (keyboards) and Alex Hughes (drums) when the guys were just 14 years old, and certainly this album doesn't sound like the debut of some young unknowns. But, compared with their later works this is an unpolished gem with loads of promise, but yet to be fully developed. A strong album to be sure, but it pales against their later works, and it is with these that the intrigued need to start with, but then come back and find out how it all started. www.untilrain.com

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 Pandemic by UNTIL RAIN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
4.95 | 3 ratings

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Until Rain Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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5 stars I was so impressed with 'Anthem to Creation' that I contacted the band directly, and keyboard player Lefteris Germenlis sent me copies of both their debut album and this their EP, which was released in 2011. I know that this may be seen to be 'padded' in that it contains a radio edit of the title cut so that it is here more than once, but only two of these songs appear (in different forms) on their debut, none appear on their second, yet this still clocks in at more than 41 minutes. Guys, this would have been an album if it had been released back in the days of vinyl, not an EP! When I reviewed 'Anthem' I described their music as "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" and here is yet more of the same, although there are also some lovely touches of piano to boot.

This is an incredibly polished band, who exude experience and class from every pore, and I find myself wondering how a band can release material of this quality yet still be quite an unknown quantity to many. "Pictures of the Past" commences with just vocals and piano, until it is time for the guitar break where there is a small duet, while the bass adds a warmth and delicacy to the whole piece. Here is a band that really understand the use of space as an additional instrument, as although there are moments when the sound is all encompassing, there are others where they just let each instrument speak for itself and gives it the room to do so. Strong arrangements, great songs, wonderful performances, this band is definitely one of my finds of the year, and the one good thing about coming across them for the first time is that I get to hear lots of great music all in one go!

"H1N1" is particularly poignant, as they use clips from people talking about the flu virus, with just Lefteris providing a synth background. In many ways this is very simple, but is also very powerful. For fans of progressive and melodic metal everywhere, www.untilrain.com

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 Anthem to creation by UNTIL RAIN album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 30 ratings

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Until Rain Progressive Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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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.

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Review by kev rowland
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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 www.untilrain.com

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 The Reign of Dreams by UNTIL RAIN album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.56 | 5 ratings

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Until Rain Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 for sure

Until Rain is a young progressive metal band from Greece releasing so far a single full lengh studio album in 2009 named The reign of dreams, issued at Steel Gallery. I was very pleasent surprised , both musicaly and vocaly. I mean the voice of Damianos is very much like LaBrie, but fits very well in this context. Instrumental passages are realy awesome, there are some moments where truly band shines all over like on The Reign of Dreams , Room 1716, Adaptability or Departure. A fairly good album towards great, 3.5 for this album, while is nothing realy groundbreaking, is a good debute with good pieces. Fans of DT, Shadow Gallery might give this a try , worth it, maybe one of the best bands from prog metal from Greece in past years.

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