Ivory Tower - Beyond The Stars
The history of this band began in 1996, when Andre Fischer, Sven Böge and Thorsten Thrunke(with two other musicians) founded this combo under the name Ax´n Sex and soon advanced to this current constellation, and this is their 3rd release if you count in the first under the Ax'n Sex period.
This guys are skilled musicians all of them, and I would
describe this as a "warm" and soft dose of progressive metal
with touches of power metal to it.
But it sounds too much standard over this to recieve any high points from me - a good deal of Dream Theater but with too few interesting and exciting moments. Of course it's nothing wrong with sticking to a certain style of music, but when the songs on an album melts together into one big bowl of sound, than it's a bit off the track for what makes a good album.
They sometime show that they can be really heavy though,
with bonechrushing riffs and double bassdrums for shorter moments on
the album and every now and then they surprise us with brilliant riffs
and hooks, and the most catchy passsages and refrains, but it's way
too far between those moments.
The production is very good - and the drums sound very punchy with a crisp sound as it is supposed to be in progressive music, and the guitars are sharp yet with good depth and power.
The singer passes too without many remarks, since he has a suitable voice for this kind of music, but he should perhaps at this point stay away from the really high notes, which he doesn't do justice.
It is a good album with welldone compositions - but it doesn't leave me with much else than an indifferent state of mind after the cd has stopped spinning.