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MP3 Heaven Rain - Far And Forever

Atmospheric symphonic power metal.

9 MP3 Songs in this album (40:50) !
Related styles: METAL/PUNK: Progressive Metal, METAL/PUNK: Alternative Metal

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About Heaven Rain:

Heaven Rain was founded by Goran Bastinac in the summer of 2006 in the city of Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska (B&H). The music is based on progressive/power and melodic metal and influenced by bands like Kamelot, Nightwish, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Symphony X, Sonata Arctica, Amorphis, Evergrey, Yngwie Malmsteen, Fates Warning and Ayreon.

The members of the band are
Bozidar Sevic - vocals
Igor Paspalj - guitars
Bojan Joksic - bass
Nebojsa Lakic - drums
Goran Bastinac - keys


Bozidar Sevic - vocals:
Born in 1982

Other bands/projects: Revolt and Her Mess

Musical background: "I started singing and playing the guitar for the first time in 1998 in the band No Name. I went to the USA with the band in 2001 and I''ve been living there for a while. Later, in 2005, I joined a cover band singing songs from Tool, Deftones and Alice in Chains, etc."

Musical inspiration: Rock & roll in a nutshell, grunge, stoner rock and hard core

Favorite season: "Summer, without a doubt!"

Places you would like to visit: "I like to travel in general."

Hobbies: BBQ, beer and hanging out

Favorite bands/artists: Silverchair, Tool, Incubus, Deftones, Qotsa and Alice in Chains

Favorite albums:
Silverchair - Diorama
Incubus - Make Yourself
Alice in Chains - MTV Unplugged

Favorite movies: Natural Born Killers and all the movies from director Ivko Nikolic

Favorite TV shows: Dexter, The Office, Seinfeld and Black Adder

Favorite books: Siddharta (Hermann Hesse), Process (Franz Kafka) and comic books such as Alan Ford and Dylan Dog

Favorite drink and food: Beer and chicken


Igor Paspalj - guitars:
Born in Zagreb, Croatia, 1981

Musical background: "I am a professionally trained musician working as an assistant professor of Harmony at the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I have been playing the guitar for over 12 years, doing gigs with a lot of bands and recording numerous projects in studios in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. I also compose and arrange music for film soundtracks and I have composed a great number of Fugues, Sonatas and a couple Rhapsodies."

Musical inspiration: Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, and classical musicians like Paganini, Bach and Liszt


Bojan Joksic - bass:
Born in 1983

Other bands/projects: Degenek and The Five Horsemen

Favorite season: Summer

Places you would like to visit: Torino, Italy

Hobbies: Sport

Favorite bands/artists: Megadeth, Kamelot, Whitesnake, Motorhead, Hammerfall, W.A.S.P., Pantera, Evergrey, Iron Maiden, Scar Symmetry and Lordi

Favorite albums:
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Motorhead - Sacrifice
Megadeth - Youthanasia
WASP - The Last Command
Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
Hammerfall - Legacy of Kings

Favorite movies: Terminator 2, Wayne''s World 1 & 2, Man on Fire, Forest Gump, The Butterfly Effect and Dead End

Favorite TV shows: South Park, The Simpsons, My Name is Earl and American Choppers

Favorite books: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain) and Antigona (Sofokle)

Favorite drink and food: "Sarma", "Gorki list" and Liquor


Nebojsa Lakic - drums:
Born in 1980

Other bands/projects: Interfector and Degenek

Musical background: "I Started playing keyboards at the age of 6. At the age of 17 I joined the heavy metal band Parastos and later the crossover metal band Rampage Skip and the progressive metal band Amalia. I Played drums in the death metal band Progressor from 1998 untill 1999. I am also one of the founders of Interfector, which recorded the album The Force Within in 2004, released by Rock Express Records."

Musical inspiration: All kinds of metal music, progressive rock, hard rock and ethno/world/ambient music

Favorite season: Autumn

Places you would like to visit: Egypt

Hobbies: Web/Graphic design, 24/7 parties, hanging out...

Favorite bands/artists: Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Fates Warning, Ayreon, Orphaned Land, Cynic, Evergrey, The Gathering, In Flames Charon, Sean Reinert, Anneke Van Giersbergen and Arjen Lucassen

Favorite albums:
Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
Queensryche - Promised Land / Rage For Order / Operation: Mindcrime
Dream Theater - Images and Words
The Gathering - Nighttime Birds
Jeff Wayne - Musical Version of the War Of The Worlds

Favorite movies: Sleepy Hollow, Stargate, Event Horizon, The Truman Show and Star Wars (the original trilogy)

Favorite TV shows: Lost, Stargate SG-1/Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Invasion, My Name is Earl, Supernatural and Prison Break

Favorite books: The Chronicles of Amber (Roger Zelazny) and 1984 (George Orwell)

Favorite drink and food: Coke / Chicken, "burek" and "sarma"


Goran Bastinac - keys:
Born in 1983

Musical background: Graduated at the Academy of Arts at the University of Banja Luka

Musical inspiration: Love, hate, nobility, vanity, light, darkness and longing

Favorite season: Winter

Places you would like to visit: Scandinavian countries

Hobbies: Being in nature, astronomy

Favorite bands/artists: Dream Theater, Nightwish, Kamelot, Ayreon, Yanni, Vangelis and John Wiliams

Favorite albums:
Dream Theater - Images and Words
Dream Theater - Scenes From a Memory
Nightwish - Oceanborn
Kamelot - Karma

Favorite movies: Star Wars and Kingdom of Heaven

Favorite TV shows: Only fools and horses

Favorite books: All works by Milorad Pavic; and The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite drink and food: Red wine, European kitchen


Far And Forever out now!
4 Jul 2008

It''s exactly 5 months ago that Heaven Rain was signed by our label and it was about 4 months ago that we sent the band into the studio to record their first album. Now the wait is finaly over...

The new album Far And Forever is out!

Go get it in a store near you or go straight to https://www.tradebit.com and buy it online!

Also make sure to check the official website frequently for more information about the upcoming tour:


We spoke with Goran Bastinac a couple days before the release about the formation of Heaven Rain. Goran is the keyboard-player and founder of Heaven Rain and he wrote all the music and most of the lyrics for Far And Forever.

When was Heaven Rain formed?

Goran: "I started with Heaven Rain in the summer of 2006 when I started recording the instrumental track Rain Will Fall Again in my home studio. But the ideas for Heaven Rain were already living inside my head for a long time. Because there was a guitar part I had composed for Rain Will Fall Again I called up Igor Paspalj who was also a student of the Academy of Art I was studying at. For the other compositions, which also required vocals, I got in touch with Božidar Šević and through-out 2007 we recorded 5 songs and we won several competitions from local radio stations. In the beginning of 2008 Nebojša Lakić (drums) and Bojan Jokšić (bass) joined Heaven Rain and the band was formed."

Did your Academic study influence your music?

"At the Academy we learned about classical music, but in our daily lives we listened and played a wide-range of genres. My academic education was mostly supplemental to my style. It helped me to perfect my musical capabilities, which I believe is the very purpose of studying."

How hard was it to find all the members of the band?

"I already knew Igor and the search for a singer didn''t last very long. We met Božidar trough a mutual friend and that is how he joined Heaven Rain in the fall of 2006. I knew that Nebojša was around as a musician for a long time and that he played in many bands. So, I had no doubts that he would fit in. For Bojan it''s more or less the same story. I got many recommendation for him from my friends and so I called him up and that is how we started our collaboration."

Are you happy with the final result for your first album?

"When we signed with Moonwolf Records we knew that the whole album would be recorded again from scratch and we all agreed that this was the right choice. We recorded Far and Forever in the studio of our friend Pavle Bogdanović during the months March, April and May where we also did the mixing and postproduction of all the tracks. We are very happy with the final result."

How did Heaven Rain get a record deal?

"Most of the credit for our contract with Moonwolf Records goes to our friend and manager Dražen Žigić. He had already worked with The Moonwolf Entertainment Group in the past. When they introduced their own record label in January 2008, signing with them seemed like a natural step. We are very happy with Moonwolf Records, they financed the recording of the first album for us and they are working very hard on the promotion of this album and on the preparation of our upcoming tour."

Heaven Rain has the melodic power of progressive metal but is also strongly influenced by the Finnish school. What was the influence of these genres in your music?

"When I started working on Heaven Rain, my goal was to make music that I would like to listen. I wanted to make good songs and if someone else liked them that’d just be great. It looks like many people so like it if you consider all the visits on our webpage, our success on the radio and the fact that we got signed by a label from abroad. I’m not hiding, not even a bit, that my role-models were Finnish bands such as Nightwish and Sonata Arctica but we started working on Heaven Rain to make something our own, without any limitations and I hope that in the future our originality will only continue to grow."

What are your goals after the release of the first album?

"We will give our best to play wherever we can this year. We are preparing a tour in western Europe for September and we also plan to shoot a music video for our first single Can''t Stay during September. I think music videos are a great help, promotion-wise, for any band in any kind of genre. If we put enough effort in it we can get a lot of TV stations to air that video and if they don''t then there''s always YouTube and MySpace, hahaha...

By the end of the year we will start working on a new album if everything goes well. There is already a lot of material for the second album and some songs have already been chosen but there is still a lot to work to be done. I hope that with enough effort our second album should see the daylight next year."

One last question: if you could pick two bands to go on tour with, which bands would that be?

"Nightwish and Dream Theater."

To all the fans of Heaven Rain: "Thanks for all your support, stay true to yourself and see you at the concert!"

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