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Tunnelvision - 2002 Tomorrow


TUNNELVISION - TOMORROW (2002, MASSACRE RECORDS)
Marko Waara - vocals
Juhani Malmberg - guitars
Vili Ollila - keyboards
Lauri Porra - bass
Mirka Rantanen - drums


Background
When a band like Tunnelvision cross my CD player, the inevitable will happen. That is: my speakers crumble into submission, and my neighbors give me funny looks out of their windows! Yeah sure, this Finnish five-piece might end up accused of being nothing more than Dream Theater clones, but hey, when its this damn good who gives a shit? Formed as far back as 1995, Tunnelvision's original vision (no pun intended) was to combine the attitude of older style prog with modern day metal flavours. And in that context, I'd say they've succeeded. Influences aplenty (apart from Dream Theater that is). The likes of Masquerade, Ozzy Osbourne, and Vanden Plas all get a look in here. Though the drums and guitars give the TV sound a lot of power, the keyboards ensure there is ample colour and texture. To my way of thinking, this is what sets a band like Tunnelvision apart from the rest of the masses, perhaps only Pagans Mind being the exception to the rule.

The Songs
If the introductory song is supposed to be a band's calling card, then Tunnelvision confirm that claim, with their own version, appropriately titled 'Calling'. A truly excellent opening, with some fantastic keyboard sequences throughout. The solos are very much in the 'mind-bending' mode'. 'Silence' has a darker feel to it, though still very melodic. The power is accentuated on 'Parasites', double bass drumming mostly, and Derek Sherinian styled keyboard solos. TV change pace for 'Lightning', a slower and moodier with the chorus blasting out 'hold on until tomorrow' right until the very end. Elsewhere, the absolute stand out for me is the aggressive 'Long Voyage Back' - this could very real equate to material off Pagans Mind sublime 'Celestial Entrance' album.

In Summary
The vocals of Marko Waara has a stamp of quality about it, compared to a younger version of Dream Theater's James LaBrie in fact. Occasionally he'll divert to Ozzy or Halford like-standards which though familiar, is also disconcerting. Probably needs to display more control I'd say. That aside, there's a heap to like about Tunnelvision. Technical, colourful, and powerful. Who needs wood fires and heaters up there in Finland when you've got these guys - the equivalent of a musical furnace!

URL: www.tunnelvision.xrs.net
Track Time: 63.16

Track Listing:
01 Calling
02 Silence
03 Parasites
04 Lightning
05 Time Of The Hunters Moon
06 The Hermit (Wait And See)
07 Don Juans Triumph
08 Ribbon Of Tears
09 Long Voyage Back
10 While The World Awaits

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