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The Portuguese band Allstar Project came to be in 2001 and their name was chosen without much thought just before a show as they had to give one.
They have released 2 EP's in 2003 and 2006 and one full length in 2007.
Their music is a rapid and high energy form of post-rock, which will appeal to those who find the slower more ponderous style uneventful.

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Into the Ivory TowerInto the Ivory Tower
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2.92 | 6 ratings
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4.00 | 4 ratings
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 Into The Ivory Tower by ALLSTAR PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 4 ratings

Into The Ivory Tower
The Allstar Project Post Rock/Math rock

Review by R-A-N-M-A

4 stars Up until now I've scarcely listened to a single math/post rock album much less had a chance to delve through the rare releases so you have to believe me that this is a truly serendipitous course of events which led me to picking up, loving and ultimately reviewing this album.

While perusing the review last week with one foot out the door, I happened to catch a review of an album by a nearly as obscure space rock band called Pyramidal. I've really been broadening my horizons as of late and decided to take a stab at it. The trouble is, I couldn't find the album on iTunes my typical hunting ground and without the benefit of a lot of time on my hands I had to change course. Among the albums which came up as a suggestion for Pyramidal was an eye-catching painting of a calamity befalling some classical Mediterranean civilization. Being something of an enthusiast for Greek and Roman history and culture, I had to check it out. Upon hearing a sample of the first track, I was delighted to hear that it was in fact a prog album. So I zipped over to PA only to find it to be the work of some underappreciated Portuguese group called The Allstar Project. And so I downloaded it and hopped in my car and listened to it for the course of my long drive. I was not at all disappointed with Into the Ivory Tower.

The only way this album could possibly have escape a swath of positive reviews is because of its geographic obscurity and the relatively lack lustre reviews for its precursor. I have to say, I am not only sold on the album, but possibly the entire genre as well. So cast your negativity aside and give Into the Ivory Tower a listen.

It is made up of a number of instrumental pieces which bear some loose resemblance to one another. The title of the album tracks and what lyrics do appear, suggest an overarching concept of an Earth which has suffered some form of metaphorical and possibly literal astronomical misfortune and is now growing cold, barren and fraught with strife. The faded dream like music, calamitous art work and the implications of the title give the sense the people of this world are trying to escape their fate both physically and mentally.

The first two thirds of the album are good, but a little predictable in sticking to the worn but well wrought wall of sound format. Most songs are presented as a wall of heavily faded sound with the generally high tempo, though there are some softer moments, rock instrumentation rising up from the fuzz. It gives the sense that the music is very loud and far away. Pretty typical of what I would associate with post-rock, but more structured and generally a bit brighter that my previous, admittedly limited experience. The music also possesses a slight Mediterranean quality owing to some of the softer guitar work somewhat resembling a bouzouki.

The only lyrics on the album are spoken during the second last track, Not All a Dream. They are clear but obscure and likely belie a deeper meaning. They recount a tale about warring people who are overcome by the cold and stop their conflict to "selfishly pray for light." The rest of the track is fairly dark, with a good deal more speaking, but its deliberately buried in the wall of sound. These prayers penetrate the darkness and are eventually heeded on the longest, final and easily best track of the album, Light for A Thousand Nights. It is an ever rising wall of sound which at its apex gives me goose bumps. It's both heavy and light at the same time and leaves you with an enduring feeling of positivity.

Into the Ivory Tower is a hidden gem. Those who enjoy some of the softer touches of metal and those space rockers who don't mind a little introspection with their music will probably be most inclined. I think it has a broad appeal though. Anybody who wants something creative, complex and just a little different will probably enjoy it just as much as I did. After all, it's why we come to PA. That's my case for Into Ivory Tower by Portugal's The Allstar Project. I'll honestly be disappointed if no one takes me up on this one. It is easily an excellent addition to any progressive music collection and at times reaches for more.

 Your Reward...A Bullet by ALLSTAR PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.92 | 6 ratings

Your Reward...A Bullet
The Allstar Project Post Rock/Math rock

Review by avestin
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3 stars Your Reward... A Great Listening Experience

3.5 stars

From Portugal comes this young band that made what sounds to me like a mature and coherent album. While they have the undeniable post-rock characteristics as appearing in tracks like Polaris, where the long, emotional riffs take the listener away with sounds that might recall bands like EITS, they also show a side where they rock out (even within those same tracks) and show a dynamic and heavy aspect of the band. In Yehudi Lights, they show how the combination of these two sides works very well together, forging a sound that might remind you of Caspian's direct approach to post-rock, which is usually made up of shorter than usual tracks, which arrive to the climax rather rapidly; though there is also some of the slower and more ponderous side here as well (towards the middle-end of the track) which resumes its pace quickly. In Frienemies they introduce a metal sound (which also shows up in Ghost Canyon II), which sits very well with the music, as the harsh and heavy side emphasizes even better the emotional aspect of the music and melody. The intricacy of this track, and its creativeness shows that the band has a lot to offer and I believe that in the future albums they will unleash and fulfill more of that potential and serve us with more complex, heavy and varied sounding music. This is a very promising start. The flow from one track to the following is very well done, whether there is connection between them or not; the change of pace and mood is as natural as can be and I think they've done a good job with the track order. Lastly, their sound is such that it engulfs me the listener with a wall of sound, but is not too loud to appreciate; it is rich sounding, full and satisfying.

Overall, I find their style to be great and right for my taste. The energy they convey, mixed with the great post-rock climaxes is done very well, in a mostly succinct and shorter than typical way (for post- rock standards). This is their first full-length after two EP's. They have set quite high a standard with this release. If they keep up to this, providing this level of quality in their future releases, then I think they'll do very well. I'm looking forward to their next release based on the strength of this one. A very well done album, great to listen to and one I will definitely come back to listen to.

Thanks to avestin for the artist addition.

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