Tomorrow's Eve - The Unexpected World

Year of Release: 2000
Label: B-Mind
Catalog Number: Point Music 27009
Format: CD
Total Time: 47:09:00

This was a very unexpected surprise disc for the year 2000, which was a year that somewhat disappointed prog metal fans in general. This disc was actually released in 1999. When discs like these show up in the midst of waiting for the heavy hitters, it?s always a pleasant welcome.

Tomorrow?s Eve I believe is from Germany*, a 5-piece prog metal outfit that surrounds itself with nice, warm melodic crunching prog metal, but the difference between this band and others is that they front themselves with a genuine hard rock / 80?s style metal singer, giving it an interesting contrast indeed. At first, I was put off by the difference between the metal music and the hard rock-ish type singer, but after many listens it starts to sink in nicely and does seem to work well.

The music is guitar / keyboard driven ? a warm crunching guitar at that, with even warmer atmospheric keyboards to complement. One of the most appealing aspects of the disc is certainly the pristine, immaculate production which really makes the instruments and vocals shine. Speaking of vocals, if any of the older crowd out there remembers an 80?s metal outfit from Canada called White Wolf, you?d swear that the singer from that band had joined this band. Also, think of the vocal style of the singer from Dali?s Dilemma and you have an idea of the style of the vox. Musically, this is signature German melodic prog metal not too far out of the ball park from bands like Vanden Plas and Ivory Tower and Atmosfear, with an emphasis on Ivory Tower. You get the crunching guitars, the wall of keyboards backing it, clear precise vocals, and outstanding production. It?s hard to go wrong if you like any of the bands I mentioned.

Oh, and if you like those long song passages, check out the 8:47 "Voyager," the 12:27 "Changes," and the 7:40 "Descent Into Insanity" for starters; that should give an idea of where this band has its priorities. This is definitely classy material, and comes highly recommended for those of you who cannot get enough of German melodic prog metal like me.

[My own bit of research for additional details, like those below, revealed that there is, or once was, a New Jersey based band with the same name. The website redirected to something unrelated. -ed]

Intro (0:20) / Success (6:50) / Voyager (8:47) / Outside (3:08) / Silent Dream (0:34) / Changes (12:27) / Descent Into Insanity (7:40) / Conflict (6:24) / The Unexpected World (0:59)

Peter Webel - vocals
Rainer Grund - guitar
Sascha Hilles - bass
Oliver Schwickert - keyboards
Ralf Gottlieb - drums & percussion

The Unexpected World (2000)
Mirror Of Creation (2003)
Mirror Of Creation II - Genesis 2 (2006)
The Tower (ep) (2007)
Tales From Serpentia (2008)
Mirror Of Creation III - Project Ikaros (2018)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin DE

Added: December 1st 2000
Reviewer: Larry "LarryD" Daglieri

Artist website:
Hits: 1316
Language: english


[ Back to Reviews Index | Post Comment ]