Andi Deris- Come in From the Rain (1997)

Andi Deris is best known as one of the singers from the legendary German power metal band Helloween, but less metal fans are aware of his time as a solo artist during the 1990s.  Released in 1997, Deris debuted his new solo career with this full-length, Come in From the Rain.  The album is less metal-oriented compared to what Helloween are known for,  and most of the songs on here are a palatable blend of various heavy rock genres.  In many ways, this is similar to the works of Alice Cooper over the past couple decades, mixing traditional styles with some more modern and alternative flavorings.

The opening song “House of Pleasure” has an industrial undertone to it, with the distorted moaned vocals that have become a staple in the genre.  However, an explosively catchy chorus and a groovy series of riffs make this song seem celebratory and provide for an overall fun listening experience.  The tone dramatically fluctuates throughout the album, with “Goodbye Jenny” being a sad power ballad telling of Deris’s longing to see his grandmother in the afterlife.  Deris is not afraid to experiment with his music, using acoustic guitar and synthesizers for appropriate effects.

“Somewhere, Someday, Someway” is another power ballad that elicits a lot of sympathy, with Deris singing a love song to his future soul-mate he knows he will meet.  Most of these songs are of a personal nature, dealing with Deris’s sentimental feelings about family, friends and lovers, as well as some political and social issues that are important to him, including religion in “They Wait” and privacy in “The King of 7 Eyes.”  The latter is by far the heaviest, most obviously metal song on this otherwise hard rock-driven album.

Come in From the Rain is the sort of release that will attract listeners who want the opportunity to explore the mind and heart of one of their favorite musicians, and for this reason Helloween fans in particular may wish to purchase this album.  The themes offered by Come in From the Rain are versatile and broadly-encompassing of typical life issues and thoughts, and each song does an at least decent job of setting the right mood for the lyrics to deliver their respective messages.

This album deserves four stars, because even though it is pleasant and thought-provoking, there are only a couple of songs that truly stand out from the pack.  Some of these songs sound more fit for modern or active rock radio, not in a Green Day or Nickelback sort of way, but as mentioned before much like modern Alice Cooper records, which I would probably score similarly.  This is far from the greatness of Helloween at their finest hours, but for more relaxed and introspective evenings Come in From the Rain is easy to enjoy.

-John Mahon III