Ivanhoe — Visions and Reality
(Music Is Intelligence WMMS 050, 1994, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1994-10-01The opening instrumental "Visions" sets some high hopes, but the second track bursts in with a simplistic Dream Theater wannabe sound topped off with an annoying vocalist steeped in all the campy theatrics that typify all of the very worst neo-prog of today. Very cheesy indeed. The disc continues onward in essentially the same mode one track after another. Instrumentally, the band is capable enough if they would just do something interesting more often — but it's the painful screeching vocals of Andy Franck that make this disc so unbearable. There are some decent - even if generally unoriginal instrumental passages when Franck's mouth is zipped, but he always comes back and promptly ruins things. I hate writing a band off this way, but Ivanhoe honestly doesn't cut it. I've already given these guys far more space than they deserve. Ivanhoe is to Dream Theater what Deyss was to Marillion.
Related artist(s): Ivanhoe
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more