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Tomorrow’s Eve are back again with a powerhouse of an album. “Tales From Serpentia”, a collage of short stories, written by a twisted mind; dark and dreadful fictions from the abyss. Musically Tomorrow’s Eve still performs progressive metal, but with an emphasis on catchy melodic vocal lines and heavy riffs. The band plays complex but always accessible songs, holding interesting details to discover over repeated listens. In short: very dark, very melodic, and very accessible.
Great (four stars out of five)
What are dreams but stories, badly told and half-forgotten?
This question, asked by the "author" of Tales from Serpentia--the latest album from Germany's Tomorrow's Eve--sets the tone for the entire album. This is a dark, angry, unhappy, frightening album. But don't let these adjectives scare you away; Tales from Serpentia is also a very good, though somewhat standard, progressive metal album.
By standard, I mean that the band doesn't necessarily take enormous risks musically. That's not to say that the music isn't extremely strong or complex: it is both of these things. However, it's progressive metal through and through. You won't hear the influences of many other music styles contained within the songs, nor will you be surprised by the use of an unusual instrument. Even the fantastic Muse--the album's epic 20 minute track--doesn't stray far from the standard progressive metal style.
Regardless, Muse remains interesting throughout--as does the rest of the album. The band can most certainly create fantastic songs and a cohesive album, and the songwriting style never becomes dull once on the album. The music definitely grabs your attention, and there are some subtle surprises that listeners will enjoy on repeated listens. Subtle changes to a familiar rhythm--like one near the end of Succubus--make the songs more fun to listen to. However, they also leave the listener wishing that more such changes were present.
One aspect that contains plenty of changes is the vocal performance by Martin LeMar. At his heaviest, LeMar reminds the listener of Russell Allen from Symphony X in all of his trademark gravelly delivery. At his quietest, the vocals become crystal clear, similar to singers of the melodic rock or AOR genre. In short, his performance is consistently strong and offers plenty of variety. In addition, the vocal melodies are good and feel original.
The album's concept, as previously mentioned, is extremely dark. The concept itself is interesting, and the execution is, in most cases, quite good. There are a few moments where the concept actually detracts from the music, however. For instance, the first track of the album is essentially 45 seconds of screamed cursing. In fact, this same sound passage is used in the final song, Muse. The voice acting here isn't particularly strong, and the whole thing seems unnecessary--and perhaps a little ridiculous, regardless of its relation to the overall concept. In addition, there's perhaps a bit too much talking in Muse--talking that is a repetition of previous passages from the album. Despite this, the rest of the album's lyrics are serviceable.
Overall, Tales of Serpentia offers very strong prog metal. The melodies are good, and the vocals are quite varied. The instrumentation is similarly good but just doesn't offer as much variety as some listeners may be seeking. Still, if you're looking for some dark yet catchy progressive metal, this album will give it to you.
Tomorrow’s Eve / The Tower
TOMORROW'S EVE - MIRROR OF CREATION 2 - GENESIS II (B+/B) Lion Music,
Comments: They are promoted as very heavy, very melodic and very accessible, and the truth is, that is certainly an accurate assessment. This record is the continuation of the last one Mirror of Creation released in 2003. After much tension among the band, the band has been reassembled with only Rainer Grund and Oliver Scwickert remaining.
The concept of these albums according to the band’s Lion Music site is: "A man wakes up in a dirty alley with no idea who he is. He is badly hurt and taken to a hospital, and soon enough, everyone has given up on trying to find out more about his identity - everyone except for one doctor. She takes him in and tries to help him remember. Yet, the more he remembers, the less he wants to. As certain fragments of his past finally return to him, he understands the he was no ordinary man, that he grew up as part of an experiment which he himself then brought to a bloody end and the doctor who is taking care of him, may have been involved.” Kind of sounds like the Operation Mindcrime themes of Queesryche doesn’t it?
The focus here musically on the follow up Mirror of Creation 2- Genesis II seems to be powerful vocals above everything else. And with new lead singer Martin LeMar, Tomorrow’s Eve succeeds in this respect for sure. The guitars are handled by Grund and consist of power metal riffing throughout as well as several well timed progressive metal guitar leads. The lead work is best seen on tracks six “Not from This World” and nine “Distant Murmurs.” Heavy as much of it is there are the traditional progressive metal elements like outstanding keyboards from Oliver Schwickert which can be seen pure bass guitar from Chris Doerr and solid drumming of Tom Diener. But the songs are framed for Le Mar to star and he steps up big time.
On track four “The Eve Suite” which has five sub parts in it, the keys act as almost a piano at times in a slow song and LeMar has to sing both rock and soft rock vocals. His sounds range from Geoff Tate sounding metal vocals to classic Yes vocalist Jon Anderson's higher pitched range. The production quality is good and the length is prototypical progressive metal style of over an hour of music. The last track “The Trials of Man” is 17 minutes long and covers a lot of musical territory. It has soft tones with piano, killer shred lead guitar work, powerful riffs and LeMar belting out wonderful vocals. Twelve minutes in there is silence for about four minutes, then at 16 minutes a rock piano rhythm emerges from the darkness 'til the end of the song.
Folks, this is an interesting musical journey that fans of progressive rock and metal should enjoy. A little more lead guitar would be nice from Grund, but the times he does approach solos they are well done. This album is less than spectacular but better then most.
HRH Rating: 7.6/10
Artist: Tomorrow’s Eve
Album: Mirror Of Creation 2: Genesis II (2006)
Label: Lion Music
01 - Man Without A Name (0:46)
02 - Amnesia (6:33)
03 - Pain (3:25)
04 - The Eve Suite (9:00)
I) A Gentle Light
II) Shelter And Hope
III) Days Turn Into Weeks
05 - The Market Of Umbra (4:48)
06 - Not From This World (4:14)
07 - Eye For An Eye (0:59)
08 - Irreversible (4:56)
09 - Distant Murmurs (5:31)
10 - Rebirth (5:44)
11 - Human Device (5:45)
12 - The Trials Of Man (17:00)
“A man wakes up in a dirty alley with no idea who he is. He is badly hurt and taken to a hospital, but no one seems to be missing him, and soon enough, everyone has given up on trying to find out more about his identity- Everyone except for one doctor. For her own reasons, she takes him in and tries to help him remember. Yet the more he remembers, the less he wants to. As certain fragments of his past finally return to him, he understands the he was no ordinary man, that he grew up as part of an experiment which he himself then brought to a bloody end... and the doctor who is taking care of him, who has fallen in love with him and whom he has fallen in love with, may have been involved.”
Such is the premise of Mirror Of Creation 2: Genesis II, the third album from German progressive metal band Tomorrow’s Eve. It is also a direct sequel to their 2003 album, suitably titled Mirror Of Creation.
“Amnesia” is the first proper track on this album, a solid opener with some excellent piano playing and impassioned vocals from Martin LeMar...one can hear the emotion in his voice as the song fades, his voice intoning the repeated outro lyrics “No life in me...a life without memory.” Powerful stuff. A brief keyboard wash and ambient interlude, and the listener is then beaten to the floor by the screams and blast beat of “Pain,” the following track. LeMar shows ample vocal flexibility here, his vocals screamed without being incoherent, filled with fire and vitriol.
“The Eve Suite” melds a number of elements together, from quiet piano and vocal sections to full band movements with layered vocals and a mid tempo feel that never slides to cliche power ballad territory. At times, LeMar’s vocals on the extended suite remind of Geoff Tate, but never to the point of conscious aping of his style.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a prog album without an epic, and Tomorrow’s Eve does not disappoint with their 17-minute album closer, “The Trials Of Man.” Opening with a simple repeated piano figure, the track builds, adding harmonized guitars and subtle synthesized organ. Ultimately, “The Trials Of Man” distills everything the band has to offer into one epic slice of melodic, accessible progressive metal that never feels contrived or over long.
I don’t know how accessible this album’s story line will be without having heard the first part. Having said this, Tomorrow’s Eve has risen above the majority of the prog metal masses, displaying strong storytelling skills, exemplary musicianship without falling prey to needless wanking, and genuinely interesting, multi-faceted vocals. Mirror Of Creation 2: Genesis II is a powerful album, offering new elements on repeated listens, and Tomorrow’s Eve should be at or neat the top of most prog metal fan’s want lists.
Martin LeMar - vocals
Rainer Grund - guitars
Oliver Schwickert - keys
Chris Doerr - bass
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TOMORROW’S EVE ‘THE MIRROR OF CREATION 2: GENESIS 2’ (LION MUSIC/BERTUS)
Yet another strong Progressive Metal release, although not as good as the new CD of labelmates SEVENTH WONDER. Nevertheless, the German band TOMORROW’S EVE has released a very impressive CD, which is their 3rd CD so far. The album contains slightly raw/rougher but still typical present day melodic progressive metal, kinda like PAGAN’S MIND and THRESHOLD, but a bit rawer like I said, so not as polished and no big time choruses, although it is still pure melodic progressive metal like we have heard it many times, but still also this album is very impressive from start to finish. 12 songs are included, of which some are very lengthy, such as the 17 minutes counting closing track “The trials of man”. Highlight is the fantastic opener “Amnesia”, with it’s strong vocals and catchy melodic chorus. Yet another record that beats the last couple of DREAM THEATER records. It seems like for good new progmetal record you have to look further than the major label releases and go to LION MUSIC for example, the Finnish label has released some superb prog metal the past few years and the new TOMORROW’S EVE CD is one of them!
(Points: 8.6 out of 10)
Strutter magazien, Netherlands
Tomorrow's Eve - Mirror Of Creation II - Genesis II
Lion Music (LMC185)
Rating - 8.5/10
Review Dougie www.hardrockhouse.com
The inordinately long titled 'Mirror Of Creation II - Genesis II' is the third album from Germany's Tomorrow’s Eve and is the sequel to the bands previous 2003 release which was, unsurprisingly 'Mirror Of Creation' Since that particular album the band have undergone some line up changes, with only the guitarist and keyboard player surviving for the recording of the new record. Now bear with me this may be the strangest review you have ever read!...
My initial thoughts on popping MOCII (I can't be bothered typing the name in full) into the CD player centered around, another month another concept album... At least the concept is explained (see later) and after the first listen the thought, which often strikes at these moments “My god Queensryche and Dream Theater have a lot to answer for!!” passed through my mind. Just take a listen to opener proper 'Amnesia' and the said Dream Theater comparisons are obvious and after three listens I was beginning to lose interest in the album and was about to pass the review on to some one else as I was struggling big style.
However I always try and do what I say I’m going to do and gave the album one last chance and suddenly it all started to fall into place. As I’ve stated the album is a sequel to Mirror of Creation which was about genetic engineering I believe. The concept being built around a man being found in alley, taken to hospital and utilizes the opening line is "I don’t remember any thing" (Operation Mindcrime anyone?). Despite appeals nobody comes forward to identify him and everybody in the hospital soon gives up on his case, all except for one doctor who has her own reasons for identifying him. His memory slowly returns over the course of the album what he is and what the connection with the doctor is. Intrigued, well listen to the album and find out...
As I stated at the start of the review I struggled with this album but repeated listening revealed more and more depth to proceedings and whilst I still stand with my original musical comparisons the more I listened the more different influences came to light. Bands like Vanden Plas, Evergrey Everon and Poverty’s No Crime all sprang to mind. Without a doubt Tomorrow's Eve, as a band, are all excellent musicians and new vocalist Martin LeMar is a real star with an excellent set of pipes that allows him to sing in several different styles as each song and it’s dynamics dictate. Everything from clean to power metal vocals and it all fit’s the songs to a T. Add to that recipe the guest vocalists portraying different characters throughout the album and yet another dimension is brought into play.
MOCII is an album that one really needs to sit down and listen to closely, and in its entirety, to even begin to make sense of and it isn't by any means by immediate album, but rather one that grows and unveils itself with repeated plays and thus rewards the listener for patience as more and greater musical depths appear and the story becomes clearer and clearer.
Mirror Of Creation II - Genesis II is released on September 22nd via Lion Music
Man Without A Name
Martin LeMar - Vocals
TOMORROW'S EVE 'Mirror of Creation 2 - Genesis II' Lion Music (2006) www.lionmusic.com
The band's second album and the first with new vocalist Martin LeMar. The album is a concept one based on the storyline of man who has no idea who he is and how his memory starts to come back thanks to a nurse who looks after him. Buta ll is not it seems and both may have met before as part of a experiment that met a sticky end... An intriguing plotline which coupled with the music brings to mind Queensryche and Savatage. There is as you'd expect on a progressive metal album like this short interludes, lots of riffs and some immense choruses (when Jenny Clos joins in on 'Not From This World' you get an album highlight).
Centre piece is the 17 minutes epic 'The Trials Of Man' which encompasses all the main elements of this genre - rapid fire drums, walls of guitars, soaring vocals and keyboard solos. This is a very enjoyable release and one that would put some more established bands to shame. LeMar is just the right sort of vocalist for this music - big and powerful yet able to sing the mellower moments with ease as well.
|Band: Tomorrow's Eve
Title: Mirror Of Creation 2 - Genesis II
Label: Lion Music
Following on from the bands 2003 release 'Mirror Of Creation', Tomorrow's Eve return with the next chapter 'Mirror of Creation 2 – Genesis II'. The album continues where 'Mirrors of Creation' left off, with the band still retaining that strong progressive feel both lyrically and musically, with a new vocalist at the mike in the form of Martin LeMar, and a new rhythm section with Tom Diener on drums and Chris Doerr on bass, the band plan to build on the success of 'Mirror Of Creation' and in turn start a new chapter in Tomorrows Eve’s story.
The album follows the story of a man who wakes up in an alley with amnesia and after no one seems to miss him, one of the doctors looking after him takes him in and she tries to help him recall who he is. But then what unfolds is a story of a man who was part of an experiment and one he brought to a bloody end by his own hand. The twist in the tail is that the doctor who has by this time fallen for the stranger, may actually have had something to do with the experiment.
The album opens up with the intro ‘Man Without A Name’ which leads into the complexities of the album. Firstly with ‘Amnesia’, a track of epic proportions which starts off with a thumping bass line which leads into crescendo of bass, drums, and keys that paves the way for the intense vocals of LeMar and the rich guitars of Grund.
The album opens up with the power injection that is ‘Pain’, a storming track full of vigour and tenaciousness that it simply defies words, a truly awesome track.
The next track ‘The Eve Suite’ is an epic in all aspects of the word, this nine minute ensemble is broken down into four acts, with each one unveiling another part of the mans story as he loses faith in man, but as all seems lost Eve the doctor shows him in fact all is not lost. The track itself is as complex as they come with varying melody and tempo changes from the haunting narrative moments to the more heavy bass ridden sections and the twisting guitars solos, this track has it all.
After the intensity of 'The Eve Suite' things take a definite Eastern vibe with ‘The Market Of Umbra’. Joining LeMar on vocals are the haunting vocal melodies of Jenny Klos who brings another dimension to the track, as do the soul searching guitars riff of Grund, and the mid section keyboard/guitar duet in particular is simply outstanding.
Klos also provides some vocals on the next song ‘Not From This World’, this time she duets with LeMar on what is one of my favourite tracks off the album, not only because of the harmonic duets between Klos and LeMar, but also because of some fantastic keyboard sections and some quite flawless guitars, this is backed as ever by the powerhouse rhythm section.
The shortest track on the album at only 59 seconds long is ‘Eye For An Eye’ which acts as a short interlude to allow the album to build its fervour for the progressive and almost pretentious ‘Irreversible’. Another slow builder that gives way to the outstanding power driven ‘Distant Murmurs’, yet another fine example of the band mixing the heavy bass with the melodic vocals to great effect, while still managing to keep that menacing feel to the track.
The album and story continues with ‘Rebirth’, another monster of a track with once again that mix of heavy and gentle moments and those passion filled vocals of LeMar the catalyst to it all.
As each track unfolds another chapter in the story is told. The mood builds with the passion and dynamism of the album in the form of ‘Human Device’, which almost reaches grandiose heights before things come to a head with a track that defies the word epic at seventeen minutes long.
1. Man Without A Name
4. The Eve Suite
l) The Eve Suite
ll) A Gentle Light
lll) Days Turn Into Works
5. The Market Of Umbra
6. Not From This World
7. Eye For An Eye
9. Distant Murmurs
11. Human Device
12. The Trials Of Man
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