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GB ARTS is a progressive/power metal band that formed in 1987.
The band originated from Beckum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and would mostly only tour their native country.
The band made their debut with the 1994 release "Vision Of Water" followed by the 1998 release Return To Forever and 2000's The Lake.

The original line up consisted of Achim Reichert on vocals, Andre Rasfeld on guitar, Carsten Przyluczky on guitars, Thomas Senff on bass, Jörg Nazarow on drums and Andreas Beckmann on keyboards.
The last known line up before the band split in 2002, consists of the original line up sans Achim Reichert and Andreas Beckmann, and with vocalist Markus Brand and keyboardist Jens Barth.

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3.33 | 2 ratings
Return To Forever
1998
2.68 | 3 ratings
The Lake
2000

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 The Lake by GB ARTS album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.68 | 3 ratings

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The Lake
GB Arts Progressive Metal

Review by poito

2 stars This is the second and last release of this short-lived prog metal German band. Maybe, the problem is they couldn't find an audience. Their sound is a bit too metal for a proggy and a bit too proggy for a metal band. The metal is stringer and darker than in the debut album Return To Forever, and definitely Achim's voice is a bit excessive for the sensitive moments. One cannot listen comfortably to the composition when someone is shouting around, you know. Some tracks could be better valued by removing half the lyrics. In this album, the themes are less varied, they use fewer resources, the keys are more present but less inspired, and the voice gets to bother. There are a few good moments buried, as the guitar solo in Shadows of Faces. Too bad they changed the path open in RTF.
 Return To Forever by GB ARTS album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.33 | 2 ratings

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Return To Forever
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Review by poito

4 stars Short and easy. A friend recommended this band and though I was a bit skeptical (too many metal bands trying to prog) I have to admit they are good, really good. It is not a standard prog metal based on guitar riffs. The tunes are well crafted, all guys play for the group, the themes are melodic without strong changes of tempo, and the vocals do not offend (others would praise, but you know, I'd rather listen to a triangle). The music is varied, with lots of metal prog gimmicks perfectly combined, short enough not to bore, not to remind of anyone (in the end, they are only bricks for the composition, you know). So, you have here a bunch of more than decent tunes conducted by the guitar, nice keys, no highs no lows (but check these three: "Falling Rain" "Behind the Mirror" and the bonus "Parade of Innocence"), and what you want to hear: no bore. Actually, from this album, the band deserved much more than they got. Maybe they missed a few long themes to convince the scavengers in the music industry and some more guitar/key solos (there are too few) to liven up the themes, which not being long they may swamp a bit with overdose of lyrics (obscuring some barely audible background keys that might have done better at the front). For a debut album in the nineties, it is well close to a 4. Nearly 20 years gone and still fresh, that's something in prog metal.
 The Lake by GB ARTS album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.68 | 3 ratings

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The Lake
GB Arts Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars The lake were the second album rleased by the band from 2000 and aswell their swansong, they disbanding in 2002 and gone into oblivion. Well, this another worthy album, is little more proggresive then their first one, the power metal elements are sporadicaly integrated in the music, the result being a little more intresting and elaborated as on Return to forever.. Very nice vocal parts, a very good singer this Achim Reichert , has a powerful and yet melodic voice and is more then ok into this type of music.Some very fine moments here like on Silver Rain, The surface, in fact all pieces are ok, no boring moments for me here. Very strong tempo changes, good musicinaship, nice choruses,all in all a solid album for me. Again 3.5 stars, great unnoticed band.
 Return To Forever by GB ARTS album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.33 | 2 ratings

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Return To Forever
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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars GB Arts is one of the totaly unknown and forgotten progressive metal band coming from Germany. They were active in the the '90 and early 2000 untill they disbanded in 2002. They released two albums, as their web page indicated, in other places appear they had 3 albums with first issued in 1994. Anyway Return to forever from 1998 is a good album from prog metal zone with a good doze of power metal elements added in the mix. I like that the band concentrated more on song writting and not only on skills of the musicians, who are btw quite high, specially the guitarist is awesome. Very nice keyboards on some pieces like on Behind the mirror. The ending track Parade Of The Innocence is a very nice and solid prog metal tune with 12 min of greatness. I think they are apart from the army of bands who invaded the scene with this sound in alte '90, with great hooks, nice arrangements, lots of excellent musicianship and quite great ideas overall. OK, now this is not a masterpieces for sure, but has enough moments to be appreciated by any prog metal fan. The voice of Achim Reichert is great, fiting perfectly in the mood of the album. The instrumental parts are quite strong, as on title track , or on opening track , very nice shift from edgy parts to more mellow ones. GB Arts is clearly influenced by bands from power metal school from the early '90 from Germany but combined with progressive elements make from this album a nice and enjoyble listning. 3.5 stars for sure.
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