Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Sure... we were formed in 1995 from the ashes of Latent Fury, released two albums with our original singer, Russ Klimczak, called Beyond Tomorrow (1999) and Reigning Memories (2003), and just recently released our latest, self-titled album, with new singer Scott Featherstone (Ex Attica / Enertia). Chuck White (Michael Angelo / Winterkill / Spirit Web) has been in the band since 2003 on drums, and original bassist, Brian Gordon, laid down the studio tracks but left the band in 2010. Both the new album and Reigning Memories were produced/engineered/mixed by the legendary Neil Kernon who’s done Judas Priest, Queensryche, Nevermore, Flotsam & Jetsam, etc, etc...
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
People used to call us prog/power metal with the first two albums but we evolved in a hard hitting, in-your-face, metal with some prog influences and dynamics…guess it’s about the same thing, huh? :) Our influences include Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, and this list goes on…we all listen to a lot of things so we draw influence from many different places.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
The songs are strong, the production is top notch, and you won’t be able to get it out of your player!
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have three full length albums: Beyond Tomorrow (1999), Reigning Memories (2003), Ion Vein (2014), and two digital EPs, IV v1.0 (2011) and IV v2.0 (2012). All of our releases have generally been very well received by the media/public which is really cool!
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We do play live but have not been able to play or tour yet with the new album which has certainly slowed things down a bit. We’re really hoping to get that fixed early next year.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We’re an honest, hard-working, professional band that takes our music, our fans, and the business very seriously. We’ve done things our way from the very beginning, including financing the albums and promotion myself, and we just need a break to help the band get to the next level.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Well, speaking of playing live earlier, we would at least like to do a small run of dates in the US and then finally get overseas to Europe (a dream for us) for a tour and/or some festival appearances. We’ll see how that pans out and we’re starting to think about getting a new album written as well to keep some strong momentum going this time as there was quite a gap between Reigning Memories and the new one due to the vocalist search and member changes.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to us on Spotify, Pandora (soon), Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp, YouTube, and you can buy our stuff via Amazon http://amzn.to/1k1ofeI iTunes http://bit.ly/1nnnmxj and everywhere metal is sold. Check out www.ionvein.com; www.facebook.com/ionvein www.twitter.com/ionvein and www.youtube.com/ionveinband for all the latest info on the band….thanks for your support, cheers!