When Pär Sving (Guitars and Vocals) left Necrocide, he decided that he wanted to continue as a one-man band.  It was the year 1997, and it took many years before he started rehearsals with Tommy Holmer (Drums and ex-Necrocide). They released a first demo in 2004 under the moniker of Zweihander and their Melodic Death Metal had preference to write about Perversion and Death. Ideal conditions to record the Cannibal Corpse track ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ as extra bonus cover track! In the meantime, the lineup was completed, so Zweihander decided that they had to change their name, with Planet Rain as result. The band entered the studio several times to record demos, but in 2012 they took the big leap to release their debut album as an independent release. “Antichthon” was the title of that album and at the same time, it was the first album of a trilogy, inspired by classical writers such as H.P. Lovecraft among others.

The second part of the trilogy is now recorded and released by Target – Mighty Music Records, so I guess that this album is available all over Europe and the USA, since May 2nd. 2014. A total duration of 40 minutes and 7 tracks in total resulted in an average personal feeling. Some songs are really outstanding, but others need to be described as shabby and so-so. The quartet shot a video for the track ‘Kryptographik’ and I hoped that the visuals would add something to the song structure, but unfortunately, they didn’t.

Planet Rain knows exactly how a great melody and structure should sound, but they didn’t succeed all the way. I guess that this second part needed some more time, to redefine the genre, to bring ALL songs into perfection. A few highlights isn’t enough to entertain the listener, as we want to get a smack in the face again and again, song by song. If you find the album in your record store, try to listen to these tracks ‘Solstorm’ and the absolute best track on the whole album: ‘The Dereliction Part II: The Bonds Of Oblivion’.  Planet Rain proves that working with renowned producers Teddy Möller and Ronny Hemlin (Tad Morose, Inmoria) isn’t automatically the key to success.

The songs need more approval by all members, the structures demand a magical twist like Gojira is able to. Let’s conclude that this melodic Death Metal is consumable, but there are better alternatives at this moment.

My rating: 73 /100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish