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Tomorrow's Eve: Mirror of Creation 2

Germany's Tomorrow's Eve went through a huge lineup change after releasing their 2003 album Mirror of Creation, an ambitious sci-fi concept album. With the exception of guitarist Rainer Grund and keyboardist Oliver Schwickert, the band has now a completely new rhythm section and a new singer. This is the highly anticipated successor to their well-received Mirror of Creation, as the story picks up right where the first disc left off.

You may be familiar with vocalist Martin LeMar through his work in Lalu's Oniric Metal, another progressive metal album that is heavily accentuated by killer riffs, spectacular keyboards, and diverse vocals that range from melodic to smooth to aggressive. Martin LeMar has without doubt brought new life into Tomorrow's Eve. Although he doesn't possess a perfect range, his singing is powerful and intense. He is able to shift from nice clean tones to aggressive, semi-growled screams in places to convey feelings of pain, anger and fear. Though he has his own voice, he reminds me of the singers in Spheric Universe Experience and Poverty's No Crime in that he constantly employs varied singing styles, especially during the heavier, more guitar-dominated passages. One of the songs also has me thinking of Savatage circa The Wake of Magellan. The midtempo track "Rebirth" not only signifies an important turning point in the concept, but it also recalls Zak Stevens' over-dubbed counterpoint vocals. LeMar's voice has a more aggressive tone though.

Musically, the band has retained their heaviness, if not take it a step further. The groove of "Amnesia" perfectly underscores distantly echoing symphonic keyboards and Tom Diener's raw drum sound. The riffage is incredibly thick, especially when merged with the stomping charge of Chris Doerr's bass. LeMar, however, carries over a melodic warmth to the piece, spewing out terrific vocal lines and draping them over a beautiful piano outro, much like the stuff we've come to hear on Vanden Plas' heavier material. The band launches into faster songs on "Pain" and the mult-segmented "The Eve Suite", bringing forth highly complex arrangements and dark keyboards. "The Eve Suite" is a particularly engaging number, as it's made up several movements, each highlighting a different aspect of the band.

Martin LeMar is joined by female vocalist Jennie Kloos on the Middle Eastern-tinged "The Market of Umbra", a song with great vocals and rich keyboard effects; and the challenging "Not from This World", where the two singers' duet soars above seas of melodies and a killer guest synth lead by Vivien Lalu (Lalu, Hubi Meisel). On the instrumental front, there are plenty of unison solos on "Irreversible" and "Distant Murmurs", which reminds me of Circus Maximus because of its great backing harmonies and searing electric guitar.

With all that said, the band saves the best for the last. "The Trials of Man" encompasses everything one might be looking for in prog metal. At seventeen minutes (though there's a long silence after the twelve-minute mark before the song is wrapped up with a sweet acoustic guitar coda), the song is written to perfection. Enchanting piano and synth work, lots of unconventional staccato-style guitar riffage, pounding bass, and soaring vocal harmonies. As a matter of fact, this song features LeMar's most gripping melodies on the album, as he truly opts for a different style that is not too common in the genre.

The production of the album is average; it is not as defined and clear as I like my prog, but it fits the music. Phil Hillen's stereo mixing dictates a more in-your-face attitude that sits very well with the tones of the instruments, as both the drums and rhythm guitars have an undeniable grit to them. LeMar does strain in certain parts, especially when the songs call for clean, Khan-like moments. In those sections, he either chooses to tone it down or undersing. On the heavier, crunch-filled section, however, he is flawless and hard to surpass. Also, considering this is a conceptual work, he likes to move from one style to another, changing vocals quite often to successfully accommodate the mood.

Mirror of Creation 2 is recommended to fans of melodic prog metal who enjoy lots of guitar crunch in their music a la Vanden Plas' Christ 0, Lalu's Oniric Metal, Evergrey's Solitude Dominance Tragedy, and Beyond Twilight's Section X.

Track Listing

  1. Man Without a Name
  2. Amnesia
  3. Pain
  4. The Eve Suite
  5. The Market of Umbra
  6. Not from This World
  7. Eye for an Eye
  8. Irreversible
  9. Distant Murmurs
  10. Rebirth
  11. Human Device
  12. The Trials of Man

Added: January 21st 2007
Reviewer: Murat Batmaz
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Tomorrow's Eve: Mirror of Creation 2
Posted by Butch Jones, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-01-21 17:07:19
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German Classical Progressive Metaller's, Tomorrow's Eve return with the follow up to their concept CD of 3 years ago with part 2, Mirror of Creation 2-Genesis II. Mirror of Creation 2 also marks the debut of new vocalist Martin LeMar, who provides manly, melodic vocal lines underneath the proficient musicianship that is Tomorrow's Eve's core.

While this is a continuation of the story that began on the first installment of Mirror of Creation, you need not have it to be able to follow along. Of course it will help, but isn't totally necessary. Basically it is a story about the loss of hope, life and death, love, drama and a man without a name. Mirror of Creation 2 is a very classically driven record, equipped with haunting piano and enchanting female vocals, provided by Jenny Klos (of Cheeno). This is a rollercoaster of a ride for sure, and Tomorrow's Eve wouldn't have it any other way. Heavy, melodic and with top notch musicianship.

M.O.C. breathes an air of a Dream Theater-ish vibe. With 12 tracks in all, with the longest clocking in at 17 minutes! Lots of atomosphere, lots of twists and turns, but also a lot of self indulence. Quite a bit I found myself wondering where some of the instrumental parts were going. In some spots it was more, "look at me, see what I can play" then flowing within the structure of the song. Along with that, some of the redunant operatic vocals begin to get a bit old at times. But overall, the heaviness of the band saves the day, from what could become very boring.

Tomorrow's Eve, will no doubt find a home with a lot of listeners. Their talent is obvious, but not for everyone. If you are not into the Classical side of Progerssive Metal, then this might grate on your nerves a bit. But if you're a fan of great heavy musicianship, then give Tomorrow's Eve's Mirror of Creation 2-Genesis II a listen.

Tommorw's Eve left open questions from the first CD of this conceptual idea and yes, they have answered them with this part 2. Both heavy and melodic, Mirror of Creation 2 details the answers within with repeated listens.






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