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BlackRain – Dying Breed (Review)

BlackRain - Dying Breed (Review)


BlackRain channels the best of the 1980’s hair metal style with their debut album, “Dying Breed”.  The vocals are often reminiscent of W.A.S.P. singer, Blackie Lawless and musically it’s a mixed bag of influences of everyone from Kix to Motley Crue.  Basically, they sound a lot like everyone from the 80’s Sunset Strip scene without really sounding like a rip off of any one of them.  The songs are catchy as hell while covering the spectrum lyrically that you would expect with this type of music.  These guys have done their homework and have a really great retro feel that transports back to the time of hair metal greatness.  The title track is a great opener and it puts the bands’ talents on full display.  Vocalist Swan has a nice gritty voice that is well suited for their sound.  Musically the band is spot-on throughout the album, delivering just the right elements at just the right time to make this album feel like more than a debut.  Other standout tracks are “Hellfire”, “Nobody Can Change”, “We Are Mayhem” and the surprisingly good power ballad, “All Angels Have Gone”.  Fans of bands like Skid Row, WASP, Motley Crue, Ratt, etc are bound to really enjoy what this group of guys has brought to the table with this really good, in your face hard rock album.


Artist: BlackRain
Album: Dying Breed
Genre: Hard Rock /Melodic Metal
Label: SPV / Steamhammer
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron

Track Listing:

01. Dying Breed

02. Hellfire

03. Blast Me Up

04. Nobody Can Change

05. Like Me

06. All Angels Have Gone

07. We Are the Mayhem

08. Rock Radio

09. Public Enemy

10. A Call from the Inside

11. Jenny Jen

12. Ca Plane Pour Moi


Band Members:

Swan: vox/guitars
Max 2: lead guitar
Matthieu de la Roche: Bass
Frank F: drums

About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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