Released: 2006, Frontiers Records/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
For more background info regarding Fair Warning, please check out the review of their debut album FAIR WARNING done this month.
RAINMAKER is the band’s second album and also the album that gained them success in Japan. On this album the guys still deliver the same 80’s melodic metal/heavy metal as before, but compared to the previous album this one feels more serious, mature, and the smaller flaws from the debut have been taken away.
Instead of focusing on keyboards, the main focus is now guitar and lead vocals, giving the album a harder and heavier sound. Fair Warning didn’t look at the current trends within the music scene; instead, their inspiration came from late 80’s American melodic metal/hardrock, and therefore the band has always kept their sound intact. The guys produced the album by themselves because the label wasn’t happy with what producer Rafe McKenna had done with the debut album. Fair Warning were happy with McKenna’s work but did as they were told and produced it on their own.
RAINMAKER also gave the guys their first hit single with the song “Burning Heart”, which went over very well, especially in Europe and Japan. The album is really long with its 15 tracks and it clocks in at almost 65 minutes which is a little too much for me. The band is extremly dedicated to their music and you can tell that they really love what they’re doing so that evens out the gap between good songs and boring ballads. The ballads are the main problem on RAINMAKER, and if they had narrowed down the amount of those the rating would have been higher.
There’s nothing much to complain about and I can only say thank you to the label that has restored and re-released these albums on the market today. At the end of August a comeback album will arrive with almost all of the guys except Andy Malecek, and it’s going to be called BROTHER’S KEEPER.