The first post Magnum project, Hard Rain were formed by Magnum vocalist Bob Catley and guitarist/songwriter Tony Clarkin, after Magnum split in 1995. This í97 debut is reissued here, remastered with extra tracks and a forward from the band.
The vocals are distinctly Catley, and Clarkinís songs are superb as ever. But donít go expecting Magnum! While there are similarities this is less pomp & circumstance and a more straight hard rock affair with a polished and slightly commercial edge. But itís too full bodied to be considered commercial in the American sense.
Opener 'Rage On' is a classic, and 'Shame For The Bad Boy' is more anthemic with a more tribal drum sound.
The intricate keyboards bolster the sound well. Even the ballads sound good.