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3.44 | 15 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 for sure

The second album rleased by german progressive metal Ivanhow is an underrated album from this field IMi in comparation with other works from that decade or period. Ivanhoe plays a great full of feel and techniques kind of prog metal , leaning in places towards neo prog, something like dutch Bagheera for ex, they are not overly metalized band like nowadays prog metal. The attraction is , they have a very solid musicianship + an excellent vocalist Andy B Franck, who is absolutly a killer voice for this kind of music. Pieces like Wide Open, Raining tears or Vibrations are suberb written nad has that catchy atmosphere that some bands had in mid '90's in prog metal, without copying Dream Theater at all. They had a sound of their own who is very german in aproach. A great album amed Symbols of time issued in 1995 and I guess among their best albums if not the main one from their catalogue. The vocalist was invited some years after this release , exactly in 2000 to joyn the power metal band Brainstorm from Germany where he made some fantastic prestation in vocal department, very strong voice powerfull and very distinctive in tone. So, this album Symbols of time is a fairly good album that desearves 3 stars, in places more like 3.5, some passages are fantastic where the keybords realy shines and not to mention the guitar. Great band and yet very unnoticed in prog metal circles.

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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