According to their bio sheet Mercury Rain are unsigned, and this release is self-financed. I have to give them kudos for putting together a very professional package. The promotional materials included were top notch, and the artwork and production on the CD are quite good. This even comes with a DVD of live performances. Nice. Mercury Rain are a female fronted somewhat symphonic sounding metal band. I haven't been a big fan of these female metal bands lately. I liked The Gathering back in the day, and Lacuna Coil and Lullacry are good. Brave, a local band down in Virginia, is excellent. But then along came Evanescence and made heavy chicks "cool" and I stopped liking it so much. Now everyone wants to sound like that. Blah. With that said, I really can't say anything bad about Mercury Rain. This is my kind of metal. The music is heavy and driven, epic and ethereal. The vocals are excellent, I even like the male backing vocal sections. Why this CD wasn't released through Century Media/Nuclear Blast is not for me to know, but it really should have been; it deserves that kind of distribution. I hope to hear their next album out on a major metal label.