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ETERNITY’S END “THE FIRE WITHIN” featuring guitarist Christian Muenzner & Ian Parry on vocals 2016

Eternity’s End 2016 Fire Within debut featuring Ian Parry & Christian Muenzner
https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Eternity%27s_End/The_Fire_Within/570314/

Fire Within was released in Europe and Japan via Marquee records in 2016 and contains 10 incredible melodic power metal tracks with the exception of a co-written melodic Hard Rock track “White Lies”. (see review for description).

Progressive power metal gold – 98%

Agonymph, January 14th, 2018
Written based on this version: 2016, CD, Power Prog Records

Everything Christian Muenzner touches turns to gold, or so it seems. Obscura was one of the very few modern technical death metal bands I loved, Alkaloid was one of the most unique progressive metal bands in recent years and ‘The Fire Within’, the debut album from his progressive power metal band Eternity’s End, contains some of the best contemporary power metal I have heard in years. Muenzner appears to be the melodic conscience of most of his bands and it is that side that of his songwriting personality that is on full display here. No song here is less than good.

Being a progressive power metal album, ‘The Fire Within’ contains all of the guitar harmonies, whirlwind guitar solos, memorable choruses, fantasy lyrics and Symphony X-isms you could wish for, but Eternity’s End adds a much larger dose of intensity and aggression to the mix. As a result, the riffs set the record on fire and the choruses sound proud and strong rather than tepid invitations to sing along. It helps that Ian Parry sings these songs, as these are his best performances since his early Elegy days. His clean-but-raw approach is perfect for Muenzner’s songs and he sometimes reaches heights I didn’t realize he was capable of reaching.

As good as Parry, keyboard player Jimmy Pitts and the rock solid rhythm section of Muenzner’s former Obscura buddies Linus Klausenitzer and drummer extraordinaire Hannes Grossmann are, Muenzner’s riffs are really what make the record. They have a fat, beefy bottom end, which gives them a propulsive quality that many modern power metal bands lack. They are often fast, but Muenzner knows how to apply dynamics do his songs, often opening up an otherwise dense song with a strong chorus or a remarkable melodic passage, which is the case in songs like the excellent ‘Eagle Divine’ or the incredible ‘The Hourglass’.

Songwriting-wise, there is literally nothing to complain about here. The album has a really pleasant flow, moving back and forth between gripping, catchy power metal songs like ‘Demonblade’, ‘Moonstruck’ and the title track and more epic tracks like the monumental closer ‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher’. The latter feels significantly shorter than the eight minutes it actually takes to finish and the instrumentals are nothing short of breathtaking. Halfway through, the relatively midtempo, eighties hardrock inspired ‘White Lies’ manages to function as a breather without even getting close to ballad territory.

There is almost too much talent in Eternity’s End, but fortunately, all of the musicians involved are aware of the fact that the songs are more important than displays of virtuosity. Sure, there is some incredible musicianship going on, by Grossmann and Muenzner himself most prominently, but no single solo triumphs over the immense melodic qualities of this masterpiece of an album. Anyone whose heart beats faster upon hearing energetic, yet classy power metal should at least give Eternity’s End a chance. I can assure you more “chances” will follow. Here’s to hoping this will be more than a one-off.

Recommended tracks: ‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher’, ‘The Hourglass’, ‘Eagle Divine’

Originally written for my Kevy Metal weblog

Fitting Title…Because This Album is On Fire! – 99%

Dragonflame1994, March 27th, 2016
Written based on this version: 2016, CD, Power Prog Records

Here’s a little known fact, tech-death legend Christian Muenzner known for some of the most blistering guitar work ever written in the greatest tech-death bands to ever form including Necrophagist, Obscura and Spawn of Possession is also a huge fan of neo-classical power metal, in his own words he called the style “his first love” which he wanted to return to for many years now and so the realization of that dream came about in the creation of Eternity’s End! I myself am a huge fan of neo-classical power metal, I actually consider it to be my favorite genre of music and I have been highly anticipating this album for a couple years now. Let me tell you now that it does not disappoint in the least bit! If you’re a fan of 80s Yngwie Malmsteen and 90s Symphony X you’ll love this album.

So let me explain to you now why this album will be regarded as one of the greatest modern neo-classical power metal albums of all time. The Fire Within has the same line-up as Christian’s last instrumental neo-classical solo album (Which I personally consider one of the top 5 greatest instrumental solo albums ever), except this time with the inclusion of the powerful, gritty and driving vocals of Ian Parry, who is a Dio disciple if I’ve ever heard one, one of the closest to sound like the grandfather of heavy metal that I’ve heard in many years. However. I wouldn’t call Parry a Dio clone. Yes, he stays mostly in the Dio-esque gritty tone, but he is also known to unleash some killer falsettos at times. His vocal work in the mid-paced, anthemic mini-epic about Stephen King’s dark fantasy series, aptly titled “The Dark Tower” is especially fantastic.

Christian’s songwriting is in absolute top shape here, I guarantee it’ll take only one listen of tracks like “The Fire Within” or “Eagle Divine” to get stuck in your head with how catchy those choruses are and all the melodic hooks the songs have. Naturally with neo-classical metal, the lead work is the focal point here and between Christian’s blazing fast solos and Jimmy Pitts’ equally astonishing keyboard wizardry, it’s hard to imagine a fan of shred not being satisfied by this album. Just listen to the jaw-dropping fretwork displayed on songs like “Moonstruck” or “Twilight Warrior” and try not to be amazed. Speaking of the keyboards, aside from the insane solos Pitts does, he also really knows how to add to the atmosphere of a track as well. Most notably that synthy intro to White Lies will take you back in time to the days of Yngwie’s album Trilogy, but also the little orchestral touches to songs like “Demonblade” or the awesome harpsichord bits in many various songs enhance the epicness of them.

So I seem to have been neglecting the rhythm section of the band this entire time (Much like a lot of neo-classical metal seems to do) and I apologize for this because Muenzner, may be known for his shredding, but he is definitely a riff machine as well. Very technical and heavy riffing that has a bit of a tech-death feel to it at times (Hmmm, I wonder why?) can be heard on almost every song, but my personal favorite riffs come from the thrash infused “The Fall of the House of Usher” and the more proggy “Hourglass”, Christian’s riffing might also remind you of Symphony X guitar legend Michael Romeo occasionally.

Now on to the backbone of the band, the drums and bass. Hannes Grossmann is widely recognized as one of the most talented drummers in the metal scene today. His drumming on this album is no different and his galloping drum patterns and double bass kick fury gives these songs that special added boost of excitement. Linus Klausenitzer is also a very competent bassist and while his bass playing may take a bit of a backseat in this band and not be as adventurous as the tech-death bands he’s in, he does find a nice groove in the band and add to the intensity that this upbeat kind of music craves.

Overall this album is Muenzner and company firing on all cylinders, at all times. Starting with a nice heavy riff and some lightning fast arpeggios in the title track, this debut album from Eternity’s End barely slows down from that point on, with just a couple mid-paced songs and absolutely no cliché power ballads, The Fire Within is, wait for it….On fire! From start to finish and leaves nothing to be desired if you’re a fan of shredtastic and riff driven, catchy, speedy, melodic power metal.


PENTALOGY

PENTALOGY – Contains 50 remastered tracks taken from the 5 Consortium Project albums in one download via CD BABY!

“I thought it was great to celebrate my birthday remastering 50 of the most powerful tracks from my 5 Consortium Project albums and share Pentalogy with everyone. A special 50 tracks for the price of one album. Hope you like it Cheers”.

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ROCK EMPORIUM

DEBUT SINGLE “FALL”| MAY 2016

Ian Parry’s ROCK EMPORIUM Debut Single “FALL” exclusively via CD Baby & partners.

After Ian Parry’s 25th album release “Society of Friends” Ian & Non-Stop Productions are proud to announce the release of the first single “FALL”.
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IAN PARRY’S ROCK EMPORIUM ‘SOCIETY OF FRIENDS’

Ian Parry's Rock EmporiumRelease Date: 18th March 2016

A detailed list of musicians performing ‘SOCIETY OF FRIENDS’

Ian Parry – Vocals (Elegy/Ayreon/Vengeance)
Dimitris Goutziamanis – Guitar (Crystal Tears)
Timo Somers – Guitar (Delain/ Vengeance)
Garry King – Drums (Jeff Beck/ Joe Lynn Turner/ Achillea)
Barend Courbois – Bass (Blind Guardian/Michael Lee Firkins/Vengeance)
Jeroen Van Der Wiel – keyboards (Thirteen/ Odyssice)

Guest musicians:
Christian Muenzner – additional Solo guitar (Alkaloid/Eternity’s End)
Thiago Trinsi – additional Solo guitar & orchestral strings arrangement
Peter Jan Kleevens – Keyboards (Consortium Project/ Hammerhead/Monroe)
Kalin Jechev – Keyboards (Consortium Project/Ani Lo)
Harry Den Hartog – additional bass guitar Bad Coh tribute)
Ani Lozanova – Female backing vocals (Ani Lozanova Project)
Produced by Ian Parry

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SPECIES

Consortium Project V – ‘SPECIES′ 2011

Ian Parry has signed a 5 album worldwide license deal with Lion Music Finland for the new Consortium Project V “Species” album and the complete 4 album Consortium Project Quadrilogy Remasters, incudling bonus tracks and special guest performances from members of Kamelot, Elegy, Vanden Plas, Halford, Within Temptation and many more.
Consortium Project V "Species" is in essence a conceptual masterpiece

“Species” is a culmination of brutal and melodic Symfo-gothic-power metal at its best. It is already the 21st worldwide album release from Ian celebrating a career of over 25 years in the world of rock & metal.

Quote Ian: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the Consortium Project V and Quadrilogy albums. It is a challenge this time around to write and produce the best and heaviest of all 5 Consortium albums. I really want to emphasis the fact that in my conceptual story women save the world. This is why I want more involvement from these great female vocalists on Consortium V ‘Species’

A detailed list of musicians performing Species

 

Ian Parry – lead & harmony vocals (Elegy, Ayreon,Vengeance)
Stephan Lill – guitars (Vanden Plas)
Niels Vejlyt – guitars (Infinity Overture)
Lene Petersen – Female vocals (Infinity Overture)
Casey Grillo – Drums (Kamelot)
Kris Gildenlöw – Bass (Pain of Salvation)
Jens Faber – Bass (Dawn of Destiny)
Veith offenbaecher (Dawn of Destiny)

Special guest:
Markus Teske – Keyboards (Red Circuit)

Introducing newcomers:
Ani Lozanova – Female vocals (Ani Lozanova Project)
Kalin Jechev – Piano & keyboards (Ani Lozanova Project)
Peter-Jan Kleevens – Keyboards (Hammerhead)

Recorded and mixed by Marcus Teske & Ian Parry at the Bazement Studios in Germany.

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CHILDREN OF TOMORROW

Consortium Project IV – ‘Children of Tomorrow’ 2007

A detailed list of musicians performing Children of Tomorrow

Ian Parry – lead&harmony vocals (Elegy, Ayreon,Vengeance)
Joshua Dutrieux – Guitar&Keyboards (Elegy)
Ivar de Graff – drums (Within Temptation/Kingfisher Sky)
Judith Rijnveld – Female vocals (Kingfisher Sky)
Joshua Dutrieux – Guitar&Keyboards (Elegy)

Special Guests:
Henk van der Laars – guitars (Elegy)
Lou St Paul – guitar (Winters Bane)

Introducing newcomers:
Erna Auf der Haar – female vocals
Rosita Abbink – female vocals

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VISIONS

release date 2006

A detailed list of musicians performing VISIONS

Ian Parry - Visions

Ian Parry – Vocals, Keyboards
Casey Grillo – Drums (tracks 4, 8, 9, 11)
Joshua Dutrieux – Piano, Keyboards, Guitars (tracks 1, 3)
Alfred van der Zwam – Guitars (tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11)
Stephan Lill – Guitars (tracks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11)
Mario Zapata – Guitars (tracks 4, 7, 8, 9)
Stefan Weissmueller – Keyboards (additional) (track 7)
Marcel van der Zwam – Bass (tracks 1, 2, 3)
Robert Finan – Bass (tracks 4,8, 9, 11)
Torsten Reichert – Bass (tracks 5, 6, 7)
Ivar de Graaf – Drums (tracks 1, 2, 3), Vocals (backing) (Track 2)
Andreas Lill – Drums (tracks 5, 6, 7)
Judith Rijnveld – Vocals (lead) (tracks 1, 11), Harmony Vocals (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9)
Rosita Abbink – Vocals (Secondary Lead and Choir) (track 1)
Chris de Rooij – Vocals (backing) (tracks 1, 3)
Kyra Dutrieux – Vocals (backing) (track 3)
Joyce Meuwissen – Vocals (harmony and choir) (tracks 4, 9, 11)
Handan Erdogrul – Vocals (Arabic Intro) (track 9)
Christine Wolff – Vocals (additional choir) (tracks 5, 6, 7)
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TERRA ICOGNITA

Consortium Project III – ‘Terra Incognita – The Undiscovered World′ 2000

A detailed list of musicians performing Terra Incognita – The Undiscovered World

Ian Parry – lead &harmony vocals (Elegy, Ayreon,Vengeance)
Stephan Lill – guitars (Vanden Plas)
Casey Grillo – drums (Kamelot)
Joshua Dutrieux – Piano & Keyboards (Elegy)
Jan Bijlsma – bass guitar (Vengeance)

Special Guests:
Mike Chlasciak – guitar (Halford)
Sascha Peath – guitar (Heavens Gate)
Ingeborg Wieten – female vocals (Dutch TV actrice)

Introducing newcomers:
Judith Rijnveld – Female vocals (Kingfisher Sky)
Brenda Davis – Female vocals (Sequel)
Robert Finan – bass guitar (Sequel)

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CONTINUUM IN EXTREMIS

Consortium Project II – ‘Continuum in Extremis’ in 2001

release date 2001

A detailed list of musicians performing Continuum in Extremis

Ian Parry – lead &harmony vocals (Elegy, Ayreon,Vengeance)
Patrick Rondat – guitars (Jean Michel Jarre/Elegy)
Thomas Youngblood – guitars (Kamelot)
Stephan Lill – guitars (Vanden Plas)
Günter Wernö – Organ & Keyboards (Vanden Plas)
Jan Bijlsma – bass guitar (Vengeance)
Patrice Guers – bass guitar (Rhapsody)
Dirk Bruinenberg – drums (Elegy/Adagio)
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SHADOWMAN

Release date: 2000

The Songs

1. Through Those Eyes – 04:05Shadowman
2. Shadowman – 05:20
3. The Palace of Hell (I Dare) – 03:29
4. Wildhearts – 04:23
5. Turn Back the Tide – 06:31
6. Run – 04:29
7. No More War – 04:33
8. Can’t Go On – 04:01
9. Beggars Can’t Be Choosers – 04:41
10. Watch the Wind Blow 04:40
11. Bad Business 04:13
12. Dreamin’ It All 04:30
13. Still the One 04:44
14. Tell Me Why 03:16
15. Only Lies 04:24
01:07:19


CRIMINALS & KINGS

Consortium Project I – ‘Criminals & Kings’ 1999

A detailed list of musicians performing Criminals & King

 

Ian Parry – lead &harmony vocals (Elegy, Ayreon,Vengeance)
Patrick Rondat – guitars (Jean Michel Jarre/Elegy)
Stephan Lill – guitars (Vanden Plas)
Tamás Szekeres – guitars (Tamas/Omega)
Thomas Youngblood – guitars (Kamelot)
Glenn Barry – bass guitar (Kamelot)
Arjen Lucassen – bass guitar (Ayreon)
Jan Bijlsma – bass guitar (Vengeance)
Barend Courbois – bass guitar (Vengeance)
Tommy Newton – bass guitar (Victory)
Martin Helmantel – bass guitar (Elegy)
Dirk Bruinenberg – drums (Elegy)
Jan Vayne – Grand Piano (Dutch TV celebrity)

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ELEGY

The story of Elegy

1992 – 1995

Looking back on the long career of the band, who have sold more than 250,000 albums in more than 30 countries worldwide, the name Elegy might not have been the best one to choose, even though the dictionary’s explanation is rock solid. Considering the ups and downs the band has gone through, the name has covered a lot for the past 17 years. Metal Mind Productions is proud to present a set of 7 albums covering the band’s entire musical history to date:
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THRU’ THE LOOKING GLASS

Release date: 1995Ian Parry - Thru' the Looking Glass

Ian Parry – Vocals, Keyboards
Arjen Anthony Lucassen – Guitars (track 10)
Don v. Splunteren – Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Marcel v.d. Zwam – Bass
René Merkelbach – Keyboards, Vocals (backing)
Ernst v. Ee – Drums

Ian Parry – Producer, Recording, Mixing
Oscar Holleman – Recording, Mixing

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ARTISITC LICENCE

Release date:1994Ian Parry - Artistic Licence

Ian Parry – Vocals
Gwenn Wientjes – Vocals (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10)
Tony Krijnen – Vocals (backing) (tracks 1, 2, 4)
Mark Stams – Vocals (backing) (tracks 1, 2, 4)
Ton Speyer – Vocals (backing) (tracks 1, 2, 4)
John v. Empel – Vocals (backing) (tracks 1, 2, 4)
Ruud Howling – Vocals (track 11), Vocals (backing) (tracks 1, 2, 4, 11)
Esther Krijnen – Vocals (tracks 3, 6)
Erwin Steylen – Guitars, Vocals
Greg Tuynenburg – Guitars (track 11)
Marcel v.d. Zwam – Bass
René Merkelbach – Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Vocals
Ernst van Ee – Drums, Percussion
Miscellaneous staff
Oscar Holleman – Recording, Mixing
Pieter Klein – Layout
Ian Parry – Producer, Recording, Mixing
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