Ian Perry

Release date: March 10th 2006
Label: Escape Music

Provided by: Zink Music

Distribution: Bonnier Amigo (Denmark)
Power Metal / Hard Rock

Rating: 77/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: February 12th 2006

"Visions" is Ian Perry's first solo album for more than a decade, and once more, just like on his highly acclaimed Consortium Project he has been working with some well known artists on this album. Casey Grillo (Kamelot) is taking care of the drums on some tracks, Stephan & Andres Lill (Vanden Plas) is taking care of some rhythm & lead guitars and drums respectively, Ivar de Graaf (Within Temptation) is also taking care of some the drumming, some of his partners in crime from the Consortium Project is also helping out here.

So the foundation is in order, and with Ian's background from Elegy and Consortium Project this album is a nice fusion of his strong roots in both power metal and hard rock. Producing and arranging the whole thing by him self, he shows confidence in his music and song writing skills, and with good reason!

Basically this album covers everything Ian has been involved in for the past 20 years or so, from straight forward hard rock songs thru power metal stuff, with a few journeys into symphonic and progressive metal territory. So if you are familiar with his previous work, then you will sure like this one as well... I actually prefers this one to the last Consortium Project, can't say exactly why, maybe it's because this one is more basic and back to the roots kind of music...

My favorite song on this album is clearly ""Loving' a Stranger" with it's middle-eastern influences, nice rhythm and lovely female background vocals as well as shared male and female vocal lines, a thing that shows up more than once on this album - and with great success I might add.

The more mellow stuff like "Slip Away" and "No Man's Land" belongs among the best moments on this album, as well as the very strong and hard opener "Innocent Minds", but no worries, this album features 11 good songs, which should appeal to most open minded metal fans...

Recommended tracks: "Innocent Minds", "Slip Away", "Lovin' a Stranger" & "No Man's Land".