|Review: Abraxas - Tomorrow's World|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 1998
Originally released in: 1993
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: February 10, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.13/5 (62.5%) (8 Votes)
Tomorrow's World from Germany's Abraxas took such a long time to see the light of day, it's no wonder the band called it quits after only one major label release. According to their biography, they were signed to no less than FOUR labels that went under prior to releasing the band's debut. It was finally released in Japan (as The Liaison, with different artwork, 11 tracks and now long out of print) in 1993, but it wasn't until 1998 that Limb Music gave them a new album title, Tomorrow's World, added some bonus tracks from early demos, and a worldwide release. Had they not had to jump through so many hoops we might have had more than just this one excellent Power Metal album from Abraxas.
And excellent Tomorrow's World is. All the Power Metal elements that we've come to love are here: clean, soaring vocals, heavy riffing with plenty of hooks and solos, and just the right amount of double kicks and keys to round things out. We don't even have to suffer through some interminable ballad as Abraxas sticks to a range between mid-paced and faster songs throughout all 14 tracks on Tomorrow's World. How many bands create a real crusher of an album and then screw it up with an overly saccharin sweet ballad? Abraxas wisely chose not to roll the dice and just assaults us with riff after riff. Thank you, sir, may I have another?
Since most of the songs were written before 1993, the main influences are Seventh Son-era Maiden and Kiske-era Helloween with some early Pagan's Mind progressiveness thrown in (thanks to keyboardist Andreas Hittinger.) Not to say Tomorrow's World sounds exactly like any of those bands as they have managed to forge a pretty unique sound. Singer Chris Klauke is a keeper, doing his best Ralf Scheepers-doing-Rob Halford impression: a mid-range growl with higher Power Metal screams. The rest of the band brings it as well. There are some funky guitar and bass solos (a la Helloween) on "The Liaison." The slower part in "Euphoria" bears more than a passing resemblance to the middle part of Maiden's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." "Dreamer's Island" has a chorus you'll be signing long after the album ends while "Crusader's Prayer" is a clinic on how to write a Power Metal song WITHOUT double kicks or sweeping keyboards. "Cry of the Nature," on the other hand, just burns from start to finish with double kicks and a killer chorus. The last three tracks, "Stolen Memories," "Faded Photographs," and "Into the Light," all being culled from the band's demo days, are understandably the weakest songs on the album.
Tomorrow's World is a killer Power Metal album with hardly any filler (the bonus tracks notwithstanding). Readily available, as Limb never seems shy about producing enough copies to go around, Power Metal fans should seek this one out.
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