Sahara Rain – Sand In Your Hands [2009]

Country Sweden          Style Hard Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members
Adrian Honegger – Guitars, Bo Rebsamen – Keyboards, Boet de Haas – Bass, Dave Silhanek – Guitars, Levent Sunu – Drums, Ricci – Vocals

01. Feels Like, 02. Black Gold, 03. Jungle, 04. Higher Sky, 05. The Dance, 06. Shadow, 07. Center Of Pain, 08. Blinded Eyes, 09. Be The Men You Are, 10. With These Hands


“Sand in your hands” is the debut album by Swiss AOR/melodic hard rock band “Sahara Rain”, originally released in 2009. Despite a new musical outfit, the group is put together by seasoned musicians, suggesting that “Sand in you hands” is an accomplished and mature effort-despite being their first release. The line up features lead singer Ricci Domenico guitarist David Silhanek and Adrian Honegger, bassist Boet Haas and key-player Bo Rebsamen. “Sahara Rain” is a very accomplished melodic hard rock group capable of delivering huge choruses and unconventional melodies while remaining catchy and infectious.

Along with the vocals, the guitars are the protagonist instrument on “Sand in you hands” being up-front in the mix and perhaps too thick-sounding for AOR, yet at no point, undermining the other melodic aspects of “Sahara Rain” such as the keyboards and acoustic guitars. For that matter the melodies draw equally on classic AOR harmonies as well as oriental musical scales, being the main point of differentiation for “Sahara Rain”. On the other hand the vocals are very much in the style of pioneer Swiss/German singers such as Steve Lee and Michael Bormann, so clearly “Sahara Rain” are bound to sound somewhat familiar to fans of the genre despite their original instrumentations. Favourite tracks include “Black gold”, “The Dance”, “Be the men you are” and “Blinded eyes”.

Overall “Sahara Rain-Sand in your hands” is a great choice for fans of melodic hard rock, particularly for enthusiasts of the German/Swiss/Danish hard rock bands such as “Jaded Heart”, “Gotthard” and “Shakra”.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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  1. Bo Rebsamen says:

    look out for the second SAHARA RAIN album “Eternity”. We’re starting right now with the preproduction of our third album.



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