- Timo Kotipelto – lead vocals
- Jani Liimatainen – guitar, backing vocals
- Jani Hurula – drums
- Jens Johansson – keyboards, piano
- Jonas Kuhlberg – bass
Cain’s Offering is a Finnish power metal supergroup that formed in 2008.
Cain’s Offering was formed by former Sonata Arctica members Jani Liimatainen and Mikko Härkin, Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto, Norther and Wintersun bass player Jukka Koskinen and drummer Jani Hurula. Their debut album Gather the Faithful was released in July 2009 through the Japanese label Avalon. All music and lyrics were written by Liimatainen. On June 25 the band announced that they’ve signed a deal with Frontiers Records and that their debut album will be released on August 28 in Europe and on September 11 in the USA.
In June 2014, a new official Facebook page was created for Cain’s Offering, and Jani mentioned that he plans to have a new Cain’s Offering album written by September – according to him, he has four songs almost finished, and four more that he composed with Kotipelto. At least two of them would be used in a future album by Cain’s Offering or Stratovarius.
On 5 March 2015, the title and track list of their second album was announced on the band’s official Facebook page. The album is called Stormcrow. The album will be released on 15 May 2015 in Europe and on 19 May 2015 in North America. In Japan the album was planned to be released on 29 April 2015. On 15 April, one month before the European release, the band released a lyric video of the first single called “I Will Build You a Rome”. The band surprised fans again on 22 April 2015 by releasing yet another song from the forthcoming album. This time it was the title track “Stormcrow”. Both songs are available for download on iTunes. The band also announced their first ever live performances at a mini-tour of two dates in Japan in 2016.
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Stormcrow / 2015
Stormcrow is the second album by Finnish power metal supergroup Cain’s Offering, released on 15 May 2015. It is their first album with keyboardist Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and bassist Jonas Kuhlberg. The first song to be made available was the title-track, stremaed from 22 April on. Eight days later, the band streamed “The Best of Times”.
Guitarist and main songwriter Jani Liimatainen said he was approached a few years before about the possibility of a second Cain’s Offering album, but at that time he was unavailable. When the subject came into consideration again in 2014, he decided to give it a try since he had more time.
Drummer Jani Hurula described it as “majestic and humongous” and also said the album songs “are more concentrated and have more meat around them, […] Just the way we like them. The production was also exactly what each of us wanted it to be this time around.” The title of the album, according to him, fits the band “perfectly. [..] The underdogs are back with a vengeance!”. Hurula also said the band is going to shoot a video for the album and they are also willing to tour, but he gave no further details. Liimatainen also expressed his wish to tour and shoot a video, but he depends on his band mates schedules.
- “The Best of Times”
- “A Night to Forget”
- “I Will Build You a Rome”
- “Too Tired to Run”
- “Constellation of Tears”
- “My Heart Beats for No One”
- “I Am Legion”
- “Rising Sun”
- “On the Shore”
Gather the Faithful / 2009
Gather the Faithful is the debut album of Finnish power metal band Cain’s Offering, an all-star project started by former Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen. It was recorded in 2009 in different studios in Finland and was released on July 22, 2009 in Japan via Avalon. On the band’s website the band stated that they’re “right now concentrating on the following European/US release, which most likely will be end of August” and that they’re “in negotiations with a well-known label, and will soon be able to announce the deal and tentative release date.” The album was mixed by Jimmy Westerlund in Los Angeles, Hollywood and mastered by Eddy Schreyer at Oasis Mastering, Los Angeles, Burbank. On June 25 the band announced that their debut album will be released on August 28 in Europe and on September 11 in the USA by Frontiers Records.
The tracks “Stolen Waters” and “Ocean of Regrets” were written when Liimatainen and Jani Hurula were still members of Paul Di’Anno’s touring band.
- “My Queen of Winter” – 4:15
- “More Than Friends” – 4:20
- “Oceans of Regret” – 6:21
- “Gather the Faithful” – 3:50
- “Into the Blue” – 4:25
- “Dawn of Solace” – 4:18
- “Thorn in My Side” – 4:07
- “Morpheus in a Masquerade” – 6:51
- “Stolen Waters” – 4:35
- “Tale Untold” (Bonus track for Japan) – 4:08
- “Elegantly Broken” – 2:46
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