Rainforce – Lions Den album/ Rock and Roll EP and New single
Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Rainforce has taken on a clear agenda. They have decided to carry on the 70´s and 80´s rock sound forward. They are very clear and straight with where their influences comes from and they do it very admirably.
It all started as an idea by guitarist and songwriter Andy La Morte who intended to found a hard rock project with musician friends and focus on hard-rocking music in the spirit of the 70´s / 80´s, accompanied by profound lyrics. Over the years, promising riffs, lyrics and whole songs began to materialize. He presented the idea to his friend Matt Brand, who with his background as a musician, producer and label manager showed full support for Andy's ambitions.
In 2015, German prog drummer Benjamin Mann became part of the band, and the band name Rainforce with its accompanying logo was created by the Australian graphic artist and drummer legend Jayson Sherlock.
This music is pure love for 80´s rocksound and catches it´s essence, bringing it back to us who grow up with 80´s heavier music, but also to the newer generation waiting to fall in love with loud and heavy rock. La Mortes lyrics are non-compromising and leaves no doubt about his personal faith and points of view concerning Christianity.
From not being active for all that many years yet, this band already offers a wide range of material and contributes with great rock for anyone who loves their music loud and heavy. With the founders of the genre, like AC/DC and most others now going to retirement, Rainforce truly contributes with something not only to the Christian Metal scene, but also to the secular one.
Influences: AC/DC, Krokus, Nazareth, Alice Cooper, Scorpions, Stryper, Leviticus, Petra, Whitecross, and X-Sinner.
Line up: Coming from some different European countries, this truly is a metal project that consist of great hearts for the music and also a great teamwork.
Lead vocals Jordan Cutajar from Malta,
Lead guitarist Michael Piranio from Germany,
Guitars and the songwriter Andy La Morte, Switzerland
Drummer Benjamin Mann from Germany guitar
Bass and backing vocals Jan Thomas, Switzerland.
Studio musician Matt Brand, bass and also the bands producer, is from Switzerland .
The band has a very gifted singer in the Maltesian Jordan Cutajar. He has a ability to mix varied styles and he has an amazing vocal range surely matching Brian Johnson(AC/DC), Rex Scott (X-Sinner/GX Project), Dale Thompson(Bride) or one of my personal favourites in the hole metal scene Roy Khan, former singer of Kamelot.
Lions Den, 2017 through Roxx Records.
For this their full length debut ”Lions Den”, the band was accompanied by some special and prominent guests: Rex Carroll (Whitecross), Jim La Verde (Barren Cross), Rex D. Scott (X-Sinner, GX), Kevin Wright (ex-Jacob’s Dream), Oliver Schneider (Pÿlon, Exile Rd), Hämu Plüss (Bluesaholics), Philipp Rölli (High\Low City), and Philippe Kreis (ex-Disobedience)
The album offers a variety of different songs, catchy AC/DC-oozing rock songs like ”Feed me ( I´m Hungry)”, ”My Rock”, which are songs where you can clearly read out their Christian faith, to an instrumental track ”Speechless”, where an old German folk instrument contributes to an unique sound.
Track list including special guests: 01. Lion’s Den (with Philipp Rölli) 02. My Rock (with Rex D. Scott) 03. Feed Me (I’m Hungry) 04. I Am Yours (with Rex Carroll) 05. Speechless (with Philipp Rölli) 06. New Jerusalem (with Hämu Plüss) 07. Desert Sand (with Jim LaVerde) 08. The Gods Have Failed (with Philippe “The Greis” Kreis) 09. He Came To Set The Captives Free (with Oliver Schneider & Philipp Rölli) 10. Shine A Light (with Kevin Wright & Philipp Rölli)
EP: ”Rock and Roll”, 2019
This EP consist of four songs, " Rock And Roll ", " In Good Hands", "Stay Strong" and "Lost Sheep ".
On this EP the band pays tribute to some of their own favorite bands, Christian and non-Christian. I hear of course AC/ DC but also X- Sinner a bit Thin Lizzy also you can clearly hear a bit Bride in the background somewhere in the riffs and bass in "Stay Strong".
"Lost Sheep" is a ballad, but still going by the 80´s rock formula truly going where Mr Big Nazareth and Petra used to take us.
Special guests and notable apperances on the EP are:
Marc Burgherr - additional guitars on "Rock And Roll"
Michael "Ano" Piranio (Whysmansa!d) - lead & solo guitar on "Stay Strong"
Oliver Schneider - solo guitar on "In Good Hands", keyboard on "Stay Strong"
The EP is available for listening on platforms like iTunes and Spotify.
Newest from the recording studio, November 2019
Rainforce has as an trademark to team up with great vocalists.
For their newest release, an alternate version of their song "In Good Hands“, originally track no. 2 on their current EP "Rock And Roll“, they have teamed- up with one of the most wanted rock singers of today, Herbie Langhans from Avantasia, Radiant, VOODOO CIRCLE and Ex-Seventh Avenue.
The song start with an gospel vibe intro and the gospel coating comes back all the way thru in the choruses. Langhans has a very distinct Power Metal voice making the song quite different from the original. Still they stay true to the rock sound since La Morte except of the intro has kept the guitar riffs and guitar solos about the same as in the original. Actually what they do is a cover of their own song, but with the gospel vibes and Langhans perfect metal voice. I can´t help but loving it. With their capability to team up with great vocalists and musicians it´s interesting and worth to follow Rainforce and see what they will give us next time.
You can find out more about the band thru https://www.rainforce.rocks where you also find how to get the album or mail order it from online shops like: The Metal Onslaught Store, White Metal Shop or Nordic Mission.