EP / Album Review by Joseph Timmons – Xombiewoof Magazine
Available at http://www.ionvein.com / And on Majesphere Records / Mortal Music
Mortal Music is pleased to announce that Chicago-based Metallers ION VEIN’s IV v2.0 is the next release in its DR (digital release) series and is available now via iTunes.
IV v2.0 – the most recent offering by this monumental band spark the perfect blend of hard edge metal and harmonious rhythms, contrary to what some may consider “record mill metal” this is not only original in sound but the styling is hypnotic.
The composition is well forged and each element carries significant weight in rich musical tones, not one aspect outshines the other and the singer’s voice pierces the heart, Scott Featherstone on vocals has proven himself with a sound that kills! Guitar work by Chris Lotesto, and studio bass provided by Brian Gordon are a natural fit, purely sublime and are pitch perfect, all supported by the on the measure beats of Chuck White.
Personally, I found that the tracks are way too short for my liking – I WANTED TO HEAR MORE! I feel this band could, without limits or issue create epic scores and albums on a theme, thinking of bands such as Rush or Iron maiden, that create albums that are a series to tell a story, this band could and should consider doing an album based on epic tales of mythology, but that is my opinion and don’t let it sway you, this is an album well worth investigating. I am particularly fond of the track Fool’s Parade, this track opens with hard hitting riffs of blinding speed and opens up to a tempo you can’t deny, it is, in the simplest of terms – Awesome!
One of the bands comments were “We’re ecstatic to present this next “chapter” of songs to you, as we feel it will further help you to see and understand the vision and direction that we have for ION VEIN so enjoy!” I would offer the response that this is what true metal fans have been wanting, hard edge music that makes feel the message, not just moment.
The songs on IV v2.0 were produced/engineered and mixed by Neil Kernon (NILE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRYCHE, REDEMPTION), who also contributed the main guitar solo on the song “Seemless,” and mastered by Alan Douches, both of whom worked on the IV v1.0release as well.
I admit, to my dismay, I have not heard much from ION VEIN, but I am going to follow up and get their past albums, as well as follow their progress. This is a Band to watch for in 2013 and with hopes, the ages to come.
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Edited and reposted 1-15-2013 to correct line up error.