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Tomorrows Eve - 2006 Mirrors Of Creation 2




ARTIST: Tomorrows Eve
ALBUM: Mirrors Of Creation 2
LABEL: Lion Music
SERIAL: LMC186
YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Martin LeMar - vocals * Rainer Grund - guitars * Oliver Schwickert - keyboards * Chris Doerr - bass * Tom Diener - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Man Without A Name * 02 Amnesia * 03 Pain * 04 The Eve Suite * 05 The Market Of Umbra * 06 Not From This World * 07 Eye For An Eye * 08 Irreversible * 09 Distant Murmurs * 10 Rebirth * 11 Human Device * 12 The Trials Of Man

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WEBLINKS: Official Website


Background
German progsters Tomorrows Eve have been around in various guises since their inception in 1999. Their style is hard-hitting prog metal with a definite Dream Theater and Queensryche feel. Chuck in a few other European peers like Evergrey, Pagans Mind and Seventh Wonder and you'd be more than halfway in trying to understand their overall musical leaning. The band embark on phase two of their 'Mirrors Of Creation' opus. This is the second instalment of their original concept released back in 2003, whereby we touch on issues such as genetic engineering, the building of a super human race and lost identity. I immediately started thinking 'I Robot' and 'Operation Mindcrime'. Is TE's concept so unique or copy-cat perhaps? The tag-line for 'Mirrors Of Creation 2' is all the usual hub-a-loo that you'd find on a concept album following on from its predecessor.. A story about the loss of hope, life and death, love, drama and a man without a name. The main protagonist may be faceless and may not care to remember his immediate past. However in saying that, 'Mirrors Of Creation 2' doesn't quite capture your imagination as did the fantastic Seventh Wonder album. But what prog metal album in 2006 would? Tomorrows Eve are on the metally side of prog, and as a result, the harmonies and melodies are offset by this heavier angle, despite the inclusion of some piano based ballads.


The Songs
You'll be taken through a winding maze of lyrical storytelling as told through the voice of new singer Martin LeMar. 'Amnesia' is the first real track of significance. Power metal 101 is on display here. It does take a few interesting twist and turns.. how about the David Paich (Toto) sounding piano run through the middle? Definitely one out of left field! Third track 'Pain' is musically rampant, and on another album, an outfit like Pagans Mind would've been the obvious reference point. You can literally feel the pain, angst and super fast heartbeat on this one. The five-part 'The Eve-Suite' toggles between Queensryche and Yes like parts initially. A strange combination admittedly, but in time the band catch up with the song. The middle eastern flavour on 'The Market Of Umbra' is a contrast, as are the female vocals of Jennie Kloos from German popsters Cheeno, who also appears on the next track 'Not From This World'. The ballad 'Eye For An Eye' is rather short at just one-minute, but it sees LeMar emulating Geoff Tate, more by influence rather than by design. It makes way for the hard-hitting 'Irreversible', an album highlight - the keyboard solo is very retro! 'Distant Murmurs' is very heavy and again, a less sci-fi oriented Pagans Mind springs to mind. The guitars are down-tuned significantly on 'Rebirth' and 'Human Device', while the album ends with the seventeen minute epic 'The Trials Of Man', a complete story in itself, and one that deserves to be read like a Leon Uris novel! 'Papillion' anyone?


In Summary
The album is technically proficient, and features more time changes than a stopwatch, but I found it to be just a bit too clinical and on the cooler side of warm. The album features a few special guests as well.. Jennie Kloos we've mentioned plus Frenchman Vivien Lalu, well known to fans of Hubi Meisel, who is also on the roster at Lion Music. End result: a good effort all round, tight musicianship and a few listens would go some way to understanding their style of prog. But at the end of the day I would prefer to reserve judgment until their next instalment. Having only heard this one album from the band is a bit too premature to offer a full opinion.


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