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BEYOND THE STARS

Ivory Tower

 

Progressive Metal

3.89 | 14 ratings

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b_olariu
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4 stars Another case of lost treasure in prog metal

Ivory Tower is a german prog metal band who delivers a very good and pleasent prog metal on their second album Beyond the stars from 2000, and aswell on the previous one. Better in anyway than the predecesor, this album offer maybe nothing special or never heared before, but is very well done and the compositions stands very well after almost 10 years of the first release. The first band that comes in mind talking about Ivory Tower is Dream Theeter ( of course, couldn't be other way) but they have concentrate more on pieces as a whole rather than on abuse of technical skills, on each segment of the piece, who are by the way very strong. We have here from 3 minute to 12 min pieces, enough space to make and shoe how this bands work in studio. Well I might say I was very impressed by this album, great pieces, great musicanship and above all a great voice, who reminds me sometimes of Helloween (Kiske era). The music is awesome with nice shifting moments, great interplays between guitar and keys, odd time signature, solid druming. All the musicians have great skills and it's shown in every second they play, but they don't abuse of that talent, they don't have that wankery of DT, they concentrate more on composition and they have a special melodic aproach of prog metal. The best pieces: all, not a weak one, all are great, maybe with a plus on Treehouse - one of the best prog metal piece I ever heared, nice vocal parts, sometimes toying with a little neo prog but as a whole is fantastic. In the end Ivory Tower is an underrated bad who desearve a better view by anyone intrested in good music and well played prog metal. 4 star without hesitation, recommended

b_olariu | 4/5 |

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