Mar 2013 06

Is Rain - Trees Never SleepIsRain
Category: Industrial Rock
Album: Trees Never Sleep
Stars: 3
Blurb: IsRain crafts a debut record that is heavy on influence but lacks much originality.


As a format, industrial rock allows for artists to create albums that follow a traditional “rock” arrangement, while still leaving room for experimentation and growth. Throughout the years, countless artists have used that blueprint to create exciting, unique, and (often) groundbreaking work. On this debut offering, Italy’s IsRain attempts to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors. Although there are some shining moments throughout, the band’s tendency to emulate the sound of others instead of forging its own path makes Trees Never Sleep sound like an album released years too late.

Trees Never Sleep begins with the dynamic track “I Want to Leave You Something.” It’s a strong start to the record and showcases the numerous elements that add up to create the IsRain sound. Dark and atmospheric programming slinks along before giving way to a soaring chorus replete with crushing guitars and melodic vocals. The song, in both its composition and delivery, churns with passionate energy. Building off of the intensity of the previous track, the album then transfers to full on rock mode with the song “No Forgiveness.” Chugging guitar riffs and mechanized drumbeats propel the first half of the song. The bridge of the song features a restrained drum pattern and some beautiful guitar work hovering in the background before returning to the breakneck pace featured in the first half. Although parts of the song are acutely reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails’ “Ruiner,” the dichotomy of styles presented make it one of the more pleasant surprises on the record. “Enemy” follows the same format as its predecessor, but with marginal results. Easily the heaviest track on the album, “Enemy” packs a punch but fails to really connect. Unexpectedly, the band backs off the hurried pace for “Open Your Door,” which is a haunting song that showcases some of the best songwriting on the record. Piano flourishes and saxophone trills help create a truly unique and fun song. Halfway through the album though, the band’s repeated nods to the past begin to overshadow the current work. “I Don’t Wanna be Here” is another fast paced rock song that is absolutely dripping with shades of influence, channeling Mechanical Animals-era Marilyn Manson. By this point, Trees Never Sleep, while still enjoyable, begins to sound more like an album of unreleased B-sides from a more established group. It isn’t until the final cut on the record, titled “Sonata for the Dead,” when the band unleashes a morose piano based instrumental that works well on its own, without any outside influence.

Trees Never Sleep is a stimulating debut album to say the least. The album sounds absolutely amazing, leaving nothing to be desired from the production value. The musicianship is certainly without question as well. Blazing guitar solos, creative programming, and advanced song structures enable the record to shine through as a solid debut effort. That being said, in lieu of finding their own voice, IsRain all too often relies on the formulaic efforts laid down by their forebears. Trees Never Sleep is a solid record, but its fondness for imitation extinguishes a good portion of the potential to be found.
Track list:

  1. I Want to Leave You Something
  2. No Forgiveness
  3. Enemy
  4. Open Your Door
  5. Frozen Words
  6. Parasite
  7. I Don’t Wanna be Here
  8. Seasons
  9. Sonata for the Dead

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Ryan Brun (RBrun)

1 Comment

  1. Boniz says:

    Thank You fot this review guys! We really appreciate it!
    Greetings from Shitaly!

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