Formed in 2009 by former Sonata Arctica guitar player, Jani Liimatainen, Cain´s Offering are back, after six years, with their second album. The vocals are still done by none other than Stratovarius frontman, Timo Kotipelto and it´s an amazing piece of music: Songs somewhere between Power Metal and Hard Rock range from powerful tunes to emotional songs, which go straight to the heart. For example, “A Night to Forget” is a wonderful song with a very melancholic undertone. Kotipelto´s perfect vocals make the following “Too Tired to Run” a true masterpiece. Actually, it is hard to pick a favorite because just as the two before mentioned songs also the faster but deep “My Heart Beats for No One” or “I am Legion”, which is slightly reminiscent of the theme melody of Pirates of the Caribbean, are absolute hit songs. Or, the last song on the album, “On the Shore”. Melodies, harmonies, arrangements and vocals are in perfect symbiosis and make this album a contender for Album of the Year. All I can say is: this is a record no one should miss.
Sadly, we may never the chance to see this band live on European stages. Perhaps a trip to Finland could help as Timo Kotipelto and Jani Liimatainen often play acoustic gigs there, and maybe they will also play one of these beautiful songs.