Released: 2005, Massacre Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Ivanhoe is yet another band in prog-metal. Founded by Welsch on guitar and Soulas on bass, their debut album VISIONS AND REALITY was released in 1992 and after that came SYMBOLS OF TIME (‘94) and POLARIZED (‘97). After a few member changes, the band was put on ice until now when the two founders decided that the Ivanhoe saga wasn’t ready to be closed.
Apparently the guys worked for about three years on WALK IN MINDFIELDS and the music can be summed up with these words – prog metal like Dream Theater. The edgy guitar riffs are mixed with longer parts without lead vocals where everyone is allowed to show off their skills on each instrument.
I’d guess that all of the 9 tracks are written by the band leaders and the album clocks in on a descent time, about 50 minutes. The material is OK and very professional. That also goes for the production. But the album has its flaws.
The major error regarding Ivanhoe is their huge similarity with Dream Theater, they almost sounds like an exact clone of DR which doesn’t gain the band much when you think of all of the great bands we have in the prog-metal genre.
The band found a real diamond in Mischa on lead vocals. He has an amazing voice with an enormous vocal range. Before he joined Ivanhoe he played Judas in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
If the band could tone down the keyboards, write stronger material and get rid of the exaggerated DT influences, then the guys may have the potential to become real big in the future but not as it is now.
This album is only to be bought by either hardcore DT fans or fans of well-produced and polished prog metal, otherwise you shouldn’t bother. I can’t find any song that could remotely be any kind of killer track and I’m going to tuck away this DT clone promo album as far away into the closet as I possibly can.
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