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Mercury Rain

St Matthieu (remastered And Reborn)


Formed in 1994 by young veterans of the Bristol music scene, Mercury Rain started life unpromisingly as three guys who 'just wanted to play metal'. Ex-Crisis bassist Jon Hoare and bandmate and drummer Andy Pester had hooked up with guitarist Dion Smith, but Mercury Rain lacked both a singer and a direction until Sonia Porzier gave them both. Responding to a vocalist wanted' advert she brought to the band both a fabulous voice and a copy of Nightwish's second album 'Oceanborn'. At this time the metal female voices genre was still pretty much in its infancy, but Sonia's arrival not only filled the void behind the mike stand but also set them on the path to being possibly the best-known British band of the genre. This compilation features the album in its entirety, augmented by three cuts from previous album 'Dark Waters' ('The City Of Ys', 'Bride Of the Dark' and 'The Boat Of The Dead') and 'Incubus' and 'Amber Reflections' from the band's extremely rare 'Where Angels Fear' debut. With all tracks recently remastered, a lengthy interview with Jon and Sonia and previously unpublished photos, 'St Matthieu - Remastered & Reborn' emphasises what an exciting and ground-breaking album this was for the UK metal female voices genre

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