Every song has its own personality, emotion and destructive power.
Fans of Opeth are advised to check out this Canadian project. The combination of death metal heaviness with melodic prog rock and epic arrangements is certainly reminiscent of the Swedish band in their “Blackwater Park” days…There is much to admire here. Rhine is basically the creation of Gabriel Tachell, who does everything here except the drumming, which is handled by Sean Lang. Tachell is one hell of a talent because Rhine is definitely on par with Opeth when it comes to technicality and playing ability.
Let’s get descriptive with this review: the moment you put on this record you’re treated to beautifully melodic vocals and you wonder if you’re listening to a folk record. Then, not long after, vocalist Gabe Tachell unleashes an absolutely astonishing black metal scream and the music immediately shifts to a darker, black-ish vibe after which you think Rhine’s true nature has finally been shown
An Outsider is a very strange album, one that quite honestly jars the listener a little bit, but it’s also an impressive one in the way it flows through so many different sounds – death metal, progressive black metal, prog rock, ambient and folk – and somehow fits it all together, and well…it’s very enjoyable and should provide something for almost every listener. An Outsider hints at some true brilliance and generally works pretty damn well as a progressive metal album.