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Mercury Rain


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Mercury Rain
Mercury Rain

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In 1987, Andy and Jon formed their first metal band , 'UNDERTAKER'. Influenced by bands of the day such as Onslaught and 'puppets' era Metallica, they set their stall out as a 'technical thrash' outfit. One moderately successful demo 'Dulce et Decorum est' saw them headlining local venues such as the Bristol Bierkeller and the Fleece & Firkin. Constantly disappointed by the lack of a Bristol metal scene, and unable to find a replacement vocalist for Chris Lewis, The band drifted apart in late 1989.


Undeterred by the Undertaker split, Jon & Andy went on to recruit for 'CRISIS' with whom they have enjoyed the most live success to date. Tim Henley was a lucky find, and became the main guitarist & songwriter, (Tim also wrote the Lyrics for 'Incubus' and 'Where Angels Fear' on the Mercury Rain CD 'Where Angels Fear) and Phil Hey joined on Vocals. More of a live act than a recording band, they played extensively in the local area, with a few lineup changes here and there. Kier Flower became a permanent feature on second guitar, and things were going well. The style had changed to a more 'Skid Row' sound and attitude, a style nicknamed 'Brat metal' by the local press. As the direction of the band got heavier and more complex though, Phil decided that enough was enough. The Band supported Mama's Boys in July 1992, and Phil quit soon after.

A replacement for Phil was found in Lee McCrory. A Seb Bach soundalike, with an attitude to match. The band thought that finally things were going their way. In reality, it was the beginning of the end. The band recorded the Demo 'Nothing up our sleeves' in 1993 which earned them a second place in the final of Radio One's Friday Rock Show 'Rock War', and they supported Adrian Smith's solo band in March 1993. Unfortunately, The live image of the band was not working, and beneath the surface, tensions between Lee and the rest of Crisis began to create problems. The band called it a day in early 1994.

After the breakup of Crisis, Andy and Jon went their separate ways for a while. Andy joined Indie bands 'Barking Spider' and then 'Percy Toplis' who both split for various reasons. Jon went on to start writing new material with a new guitarist (Dion) with the aim of forming a power metal band. At this time of course, metal music was hardly headline news. With no singer and no drummer, progress was slow.

In 1998, after about a year off from doing anything, Jon decided that a project band with the sole purpose of producing a CD was in order (a swansong maybe...). Andy had become available for drum duties again, and Dion completed the lineup on guitar. Mercury Rain was born. The band wrote about ten songs over about six months, and drafted in a local singer, Dave Moores to handle the vocals on a track 'Nowhere left to run'. The track was never released, but things were finally moving.

The real breakthrough came in September 1999 When Sonia Porzier joined from the French band 'Tears of Ea'. her voice and vocal style gave the band a definite direction, and Mercury Rain certainly capitalise on this. 'Where Angels Fear' was released in November 2000. This 5 track EP that showcased a band with lots of potential, and hinted at heavier things to come.

In 2001, Dion left the band, and Tim Henley took on guitar duties. The backbone of CRISIS were back together. Tim stayed with the band until May 2002, when he left for various reasons, and the lineup was once again in question. After auditioning several promising replacement guitarists, the ideal replacement was found in none other than Dion. After a year off from the band to pursue his own musical aspirations, Dion returned to the fold. It is fair to say that Dion is back with a renewed enthusiasm, and makes a welcome return to the fold after a period of uncertainty.

With a renewed attitude and direction, and adding Rich Shillitoe on guitar, Mercury Rain return in 2003 with a brand new album 'Dark Waters' and a full on power metal approach. An EP is to follow, and some big live dates. Catch them soon and don't miss out...



"Still now, tradition remains, despite time, as nothing lessens a tragedy..."

These lines from the track 'Broella' epitomise the whole album. Tragedies at sea have long been a pivotal part of tradition in coastal Brittany, but the concept of this album goes much further than a just a few lines.

Imagine a wild, rugged coastline, on a harsh winters day. As you face the sea, you can understand the magnetism, the fascination and fear the sea exerted on the Breton people.

The concept of this album is based on the sea and its legends. Breton tales, which still retain their meaning and their truth, even now. Emotional songs, charged with atmosphere, combined with stories at the heart of Brittany’s heritage. Tales from deep within a country steeped in tradition.

This is about men who died at sea and sought redemption for their souls to find peace. This is about damnation, the life of wretched people who suffer eternally for their crimes. This is about the rituals performed after the death at sea of a loved one. Just close your eyes and let yourself be taken back to a time of fear and legend...

RELEASE DATE: 04.03.2003

i. Broella
ii. The Boat of the Dead
iii. The Chosen One
iv. Bride of the Dark
v. The City Of Ys
vi. Marie Morgane
vii. Le Paradis Du Couchant

The New EP! Currently in writing/pre-production.
  • "'St. Matthieu' - An Epic 10 minute song that was not ready for 'DW' but we plan to play live. One of my favorite tracks.

  • 'Where Angels Fear' - A new version of the title track from our first EP. Down-tuned and given a metal makeover.

  • 'Sortileges & Sorrow' - A very dark, gothic synth track, full of atmosphere. Inspired by some of the 'Heavenly Voices' albums.

  • 'Here comes the Rain Again' a cover of the Eurythmics song, but of course in a power metal style :-)"



i. St Mattieu
ii. Where Angels Fear (NEW)
iii. Sortileges & Sorrow
iv. Here Comes The Rain Again

Humble beginnings for MR...

"Looking back on this EP, it seems a long time ago. We had gone through a long period of songwriting, and things only really came together when Sonia joined. Certainly different to what we are doing now (more 'gothic' than 'metal', but you can hear the beginnings of where are about to go..."

EP -  'Where Angels Fear'

i. Another Realm
ii. Where Angels Fear
iii. Incubus
iv. Amber Reflections
v. In the Wood

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