Ion Vein: IV v20

 Rich Knight - live guitar

Photo by: Beth Piarowski

Continuing the DR (digital release)concept began by Mortal Music and veteran metallers Ion Vein of taking a snap shot of an album of music and releasing it into the market a “chapter” at a time’, the pair has just released the next instalment in the riveting and impressive IV v2.0 from the band. The new three track instalment in the passage to the full album is just like its predecessor IV v1.0, a vibrant and thrilling slice of progressive and classic laced metal.

The gap between their last album Reigning Memories released in 2003 and the first EP of last year was a long wait for fans and most likely an impatient one for something from the Chicago band which formed in 1995 but the release showed the band was as mighty and inventive as ever, in fact at their strongest to date. Founder and guitarist Chris Lotesto, vocalist Scott Featherstone, bassist Rob Such, and drummer Chuck White, have continued their impressive return with a trio of songs on like its predecessor, the Neil Kernon (Nile, Nevermore, Queensryche, Redemption) produced EP, a release which leaves the majority of emerging melodic metal bands in the shade.

The opening song Seemless accosts the ear with thumping rhythms and delicious senses churning riffs which are all muscle and IV_v.2_2x2_hiressimple but effective enterprise. Settling into a more reserved gait though the track strokes the ear with a rich melodic ambience whilst the pulsating bass of Such prowls and probes the ear magnificently. The vocals of Featherstone are as expressive and powerful as ever, and though he may not be the vocalist with the greatest range in metal he persistently delivers an immense presence and passion to each song which flares up superbly within the equally fiery sounds,  as proven on the first song of the release. The rich guitar explorations of Lotesto dazzle without indulgence to stoke greater fires within the already burning appreciation of the stylish composition and its skilful and inspiring presence whilst that rapacious bass switches on primal needs as eager as the sonic caresses tease out a devouring greed for more.

Fools Parade steps forward next to elevate things to an even greater plateau, the stalking riffs and sonic scorching an acidic feast veined by the tightly controlled yet hungrily barbed rhythms of White. Weaving through corridors of energy and an enveloping furnace of passion and imaginative melodic invention, the track has a loud whisper of the John Bush fronted Anthrax which adds extra richness to the stomping presence of the enjoyably resourceful song. It stands as the best track on the EP with ease though the final piece of engagement in the form of This is Me completes the EP with an expressive relish and melodic metal strength which rivals. The track winds itself around the ear with provocative riffs and further excellence from the sonic inventiveness of Lotesto to invite a feisty response in thought and passion for the creative flames within it and the whole release.

Arguably the concept being employed raises as much impatience as satisfaction when the tracks are as strong and enthralling as they are on both EPs to date and the want to dive into the full length lying at the end of it all overwhelming, both extremes of emotions rife  because of the great sounds and songwriting within the impressive stature of the releases. Bottom line though is that IV v20 is an accomplished piece of metal which just hits the spot from every angle and thrills throughout.

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ION VEIN – IV v 1.0

The years since the second album Reigning Memories from Chicago rockers ION VEIN have been long and within time came big changes to the band delaying new material until now. Now with the release of a three track EP IV v 1.0 as a free download in thanks for the patience and support of their fans during that time, the quartet has at the same time announced their powerful and impressive return with a trio of songs to inspire big anticipation for a third album amongst rock fans.

It was during writing for the third album that the music given strong impetus by the arrival of drummer Chuck White and returning bassist Brian Gordon, was emerging on a new and more aggressive, energetic and inspired level. This brought the realisation that vocally the songs needed a different approach and feel, leading to the unhappy decision to part ways with vocalist Russ Klimczak. The search for a replacement began for founder/guitarist Chris Lotesto, a search that was not easy or swift. In between Gordon also left due to professional differences to be replaced by Rob Such (Twelfth Gate/Syris) at the beginning of 2010. The vocalist issue was resolved when the band received an email from Scott Featherstone ( Enertia/Atticus USA) and Lotesto knew from hearing his work on Enertia tracks that he was their man.

Work began immediately on three demo tracks which would become the songs on IV v 1.0 to be finished in the studio with Grammy winning producer Neil Kernon (Nile, Nevermore,  Queensrÿche,  Redemption) as well as working on further material. September of this year saw the band partner  with Mortal Music to release their new music worldwide with IV v 1.0 the first release. In a statement from the band they said “It’s been a long, hard road, but the time has finally come for us to be able to release new ION VEIN music to the world, and we couldn’t be more excited!  We’re making our first DR(digital release) “IV v1.0” available to you for FREE for a limited time as a token of our appreciation for your continued patience and support.  We’ve been through quite a lot since the release of “Reigning Memories” in 2003, and the only thing that kept us going was the belief in the strength of the new material, so we hope you enjoy it…and remember to crank it loud! \m/”   

    The three songs will more than satisfy their fans with robust riffs, unrelenting energy and impressive melodies to feed all rock hearts. Opening song ‘Enough’  bursts in with crushing rhythms from White, throbbing basslines pulsating from Gordon (still in the band at the time of recording the songs) and guitars that are incisive and creative from Lotesto. All three combining the intense energy and flowing melodic play in a forceful and engaging encounter. Featherstone gives evidence of the worth of taking the time and effort in finding the right man for the band, like for many the recruitment of John Bush took Anthrax to a higher and more credible level Featherstone does the same with ION VEIN .

Love/Hate’ and ‘Anger Inside’ continue the strong  levels with rampaging riffs and pulse racing energy.  The first is on an even par with the opener maybe even edging it as strongest track on the EP but as both thoroughly entertain and feed the senses equally  it matters not which is best and to be honest it changes with each listen anyway. The latter of these two lacks a little of the spark of the others songs but arguably is even better crafted in the merging of power and melodies.

To return after so long is celebration time for their fans and to come back with this quality the inspiration of an even more enhanced anticipation for their full length return.

To get your free download of IV v 1.0 from ION VEIN go to

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