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Ion Vein - Beyond Tomorrow (8,5/10) - USA - 2001

Genre: US-Metal
Label: Majesphere Music
Playing time: 35:08
Band homepage: Ion Vein

Tracklist:

  1. Horizons
  2. Selections Unclear
  3. Fading Shadows
  4. Heart Of The Matter
  5. Static Vision
  6. Bridge Of Dawn
  7. Here Today Gone Tomorrow
  8. Beyond Tomorrow
Ion Vein - Beyond Tomorrow

A little older, but far too important to be forsaken is the first longplayer by Illinois-based ION VEIN. After a quite unnecessary intro the band unleashes best US Metal upon the listener.

Very melodic, with a good, mid-pitched singer, who really has class. Heavy passages intertwine with calmer, acoustic parts, there is a slight Prog-touch evident throughout the album, but it never disrupts the flow. The songs all convince through good melody-lines and catchy choruses.

Who likes FATES WARNING in their "Parallels"-era, should also get along with ION VEIN very well. Because the style of "Beyond Tomorrow" could well be compared to Jim Matheos & co. in this time. OK, the playing time of 35 minutes is not really luxurious, but hey, there are no fillers for that. And you just have to support killer-bands like ION VEIN.

Great album, which won't collect dust in your CD-shelf. You can get this gem from Hellion Records and Rising Sun! To contact the masters themselves you can get in touch with them at: ION VEIN, P.O. BOX 7911, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60195, USA.

Falk Kollmannsperger



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