RAINFORCE – MARCH OF THE SAINTS

The old school hard rock group from Switzerland that’s known for their powerful encouraging messages has just released a new single, March Of The Saints. Together with this release they also reveal that a new full length album is in the making. This new song is in form of a miniature rock opera. Throughout it consist of three acts, Act I: The Awakening / Act II: The Retrospection / Act III: The Realization, the listener is dragged along through the narrator’s personal nightmare which allows for no escape.

They are also announcing some slight changes in their line up, the current now being: Jordan Cutajar – lead vocals, Michael Piranio – lead guitars, Andy La Morte – guitars, Jan Thomas – bass, Benjamin Mann – drums and Jonas Ambühl – live session lead vocalist.

This single “March Of The Saints” is the first song recorded, engineered and produced by Michael “Ano” Piranio (Ephemera’s Party, Destruction) He is now a fulltime member of the band and will also oversee and produce the recordings of the new album. He is also currently in the process of finishing the recording work on the debut album of his new band, WHYSMANSAiD.

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Andy La Morte describes the song as “An unconventional song which came about in unconventional times”. The old school rock vibes are there as always, but this song is quite more darker song than their previous releases brings band like Status Quo and Black Sabbath to mind. We get to experience quite a different side of this band with ostinato riff, raging drums and hypnotic guitar leads. As always the lead singer Jordan Cutajar displays an amazing vocal range as he perfectly delivers this stirring account with his unmistakable voice.

The cover artwork places the viewer’s mind-set perfectly to the mood of lament in the song. It’s developed from a photograph from a friend of Andy, named Julian Bühler, whom allowed to use one of his photographs for the cover artwork.

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Throughout its three acts (Act I: The Awakening / Act II: The Retrospection / Act III: The Realization), the listener is dragged along through the narrator’s personal nightmare which allows for no escape. Starting off with a single man’s triumphant voice, Act II reveals that his is the fate of countless unfortunate souls as he joins into their shared lament when he realize he’s been deceived by Satan himself before he comes to a bitter and humbling insight in Act III. But it all ending with some hope since it based on a Biblical theme.

So far I liked everything this band has released and will folllow with interest what more we will hear coming from this great Swiss rockers.

Written by MetalMira 1st March 2021