Heaven Rain was founded in the summer of 2006. in Banja Luka, capitol of Republic of Srpska, Bosnia, by keyboardist Goran Baštinac. The idea was to create original music in the progressive metal genre, combined with influences from the Finnish school of power metal. Some of the band’s chief influences are bands such as Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Nightwish and Ayreon.
After writing and arranging the initial ideas that would later become the framework for the debut album, Baštinac linked up with a fellow student at the Academy of Arts he studies at in Banja Luka, guitarist Igor Paspalj. Later, singer Božidar Šević became the vocalist of the group. The line-up is finally completed in early 2008, turning Heaven Rain into a live band instead of a studio project with the addition of the rhythm section – Bojan Jokšić on bass and Nebojša Lakić on drums. Shortly after signing a deal with Dutch record company Moonwolf Records, Heaven Rain entered the studio to begin recording their debut album. The album, entitled “Far and Forever”, was released on July 4, 2008. and is available digitally (7Digital, iTunes, Amazon, TradeBit…) and in physical CD form (CDBaby, CDConnection, Moonwolf’s officials site and distributors). The band has been working, in the meantime, on presenting the material in a live setting, and debuted as a live act at the Neofest in Banja Luka on Jun 21, 2008, traveling later in the year to play a show in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.
After a few line-up changes, Heaven Rain founded a new lead vocalist, Miona Graorac, and a guitar player Igor Dragelj. Several live shows followed. Soon after, “Evolution” EP was recorded which includes two new songs, “Dreamless” and “My Only One”, and a cover version of the song “Galebovi” (originally recorded by the cult Yugoslavian band Bolero back in the 80′s).
Brand new Heaven Rain album “Second Sun” was recorded during October/December 2011. at the Chainroom studio, Serbia. It contains 10 new songs, and a bonus cover song “Vejte Snegovi”, an 80′s pop classic by famous Yugoslavian band Zana. Soon after, the band inked a deal with a German distro-label Music Buy Mail, and the album is on sale from June 1. 2012.
Heaven Rain is now ready to kick some ass, and to play live whenever and wherever is possible.
Current line up:
Miona Graorac – vocal
Bojan Jokšić – bass
Goran Baštinac – keyboards
Igor Dragelj – guitar
Boris Golić Bota – guitar
Aleksandar Zrnić – drums
- Secund sun – Symphonic version 2013
- Second Sun, LP 2012.
- Vejte Snegovi, CDS, 2011.
- Evolution, EP 2010.
- Dva, CDS 2009.
- Far and Forever, LP 2008.
- Heaven Rain, EP 2007.
- Can’t Stay, CDS 2007.
- Rain Will Fall Again, CDS 2006.