The guys of IVANHOE prepare for a new Heavy Metal punch. After the good album ``Walk in Mindfields`` (2004) they are now presenting their new album ``Lifeline``. Strong guitar riffs, orchestral sounds and a huge portion of Prog are the ingredients of this soup. Some of the songs are really convincing (`Lifeline` or `Suffering`), but there is also some average stuff (`Mad Power`).
So far, so good. But there is one big point of criticizm: the sound as a whole on this record! It is not any instrument that is to weak (ok, the guitars could be a bit more powerful). The problem is that the sound over the complete playing time becomes to monotonous. So also the acoustic moments get lost. It is a pity, but not a disaster! Nevertheless, ``Lifeline`` is still a good album for friends of progressive, melodic Heavy Metal.