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ION VEIN ‘Reigning Memories’ Now And Then (2005)

Its hard not think of anyone else, except Queensryche, after Ion Vein singer, Russ Klimczak opens his golden larynx on, 'Another Life'. Klimczak does a perfect impression of QR's Geoff Tate, without much effort at all.

But Ion Vein are more than just a mere clone band. Sure they are reminiscent of early Queensryche, but throw in a bit of the legendary Crimson Glory, Fates Warning and a little touch of Ion Vein orginallity and you have a killer combination on 'Reigning Memories.

Add the this the talents of Grammy award winning producer, Neil Kernon and you are on to a real winner here.

The album is made of quite long songs, most being 4-6 minutes, that give plenty of time to show off their instrument prowess and add some progressive touches that keep the band from repeating themselves and stretching their musical dexterity.

The album's real showpiece is the 'Adrian's Ladder' trilogy, as you might guess, 3 songs that are interwoven, Reigning Memories is without doubt, one of the years top releases and a must for metal fans who like a touch of progressiveness thrown in.


Review by Graham Boyle

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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