|Review: Concerto Moon - Rain Forest|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2000
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.08/5 (61.67%) (12 Votes)
At a whopping seventy five minutes, this is a hell of a long album, and considering none of it is really epic enough to warrant this run time, it's probably a good idea you give this one a miss, unless of course you're on the hunt for some neo-classical madness in the severely plagiarized Yngwie Malmsteen vein, with shivers of Stratovarius that pulse every now and then.
The third album for Concerto Moon (which is ten years old now) is quite representative of the band as a whole, because while much was said about them at the time (what with them being Japanese and all) they are actually a weak band playing quite boring Power Metal that never lets rip and just goes for it. Couple that with very lukewarm production and a stuffy vocalist and you don't have much to run with. Rain Forest has its moments; it's home to their signature "Time To Die" stomper, as well as a couple of other decent tracks like "Halfway To The Sun" and "Unstill The Night", but there's nothing here you won't hear done better by Iron Mask or even Mob Rules (who Concerto Moon share a certain resemblance to).
Thing about this band is I love the name, love their album covers, love the prospect of their music...but when it comes to listening to it, I am bored out of my skull. Rain Forest might push the right buttons for you if you're chasing some obscure Japanese Power Metal, but I'll stick with Masterpiece and Area51, thank you very much.
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