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Ice Cycles

PlatypusAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 14, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 14, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004R8QG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oh God
2. Better Left Unsaid
3. The Tower
4. Cry
5. I Need You
6. 25
7. Gone
8. Partial To The Bean (A Tragic American Quintogy): Intro Pompatous
9. Partial To The Bean (A Tragic American Quintogy): Yoko Ono
10. Partial To The Bean (A Tragic American Quintogy): Yoko Two-No
11. Partial To The Bean (A Tragic American Quintogy): Yoko Three-No
12. Partial To The Bean (A Tragic American Quintogy): Platmosis
13. Partial To The Bean (A Tragic American Quintogy): Yoko Againo
14. Partial To The Bean (A Tragic American Quintogy): Yoko Outro

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavier, darker than first March 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who don't know, Platypus is Ty Tabor, John Myung, Rod Morganstein, and Derek Sherinian. If these names mean nothing to you, first go check out King's X, Dream Theater, and Dixie Dregs. Then come back, because although this is a great CD, it does not surpass the work these individuals have accomplished in their primary bands. That said, Ice Cycles is heavier than their first ("When Pus Comes to Shove"), but less diverse. This is not necessarily a bad thing--the guys sound more like a band than a side-project. Sherinian's keyboards garner a little more attention this time, and only two tracks are instrumentals. In my opinion, although all four musicians are excellent, the real reason to buy this CD is to hear Ty Tabor. This guy just keeps on getting better. He has a distinct vocal style that fits his highly personal lyrics perfectly. And unlike the last two King's X albums (and even his own solo disc), Ty rips it up on guitar. A friend of mine once described Ty's solos as "water" coming from his guitar. Best cuts--"Oh God," "Cry," and "Partial to the Bean."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars February 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have to take issue with one of the previous comments, which reads: "if you're a Dream Theater fan you won't like this album." Allow me to clarify that statement a little. If you think Dream Theater is the be-all and end-all of metal, and expect everything to follow the same sometimes-excessive-'prog' stylings, then you won't like it. If you can accept that there exist all different kinds of music, and can handle a little variety, then it may be worth a listen.
This one, to repeat some other comments, is much darker and slightly heavier than the first Platypus album. It leans toward the recent King's X sound (Dogman onwards), and there's very little similarity to DT or the Dregs. In contrast to the first album, the instrumental section is weaker (although listenable) and the vocal songs are the more coherent ones. The highlights ("The Tower," "Oh God," "Cry," "Better Left Unsaid") rip with some of the most intense playing we've heard from these guys in a while. The others, "I Need You" and "Gone," lapse a little into cliches and aren't quite up to the same level.
Not everyone will agree, but I personally prefer the first album for its variety and more positive mood. Ice Cycles shows them coming together as a collective group, albeit mostly under Ty's influence, and has less of the scattering of ideas that marked it as a side project. Worth a listen for fans of hard (not necessarily prog) rock, but it's not quite as exceptional.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice work! March 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album not only shows off the fine instrumental talents of this foursome, but it also is a better representation of Ty Tabor's thoughtprovoking lyrics. The band also sounds much more comfortable with each other, making for a little bit better album than their first release. "Oh God" and "The Tower" are my favorite tunes on the album. Lastly, Ice Cycles includes over 15 minutes of instrumental tracks that really rock!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark. October 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Without a doubt, Dream Theater are the biggest giant overshadowing this side-project, which also includes members of the Dixie Dregs, Winger, and King's X. For listeners of Dream Theater, Platypus appeals to fans of Myung and Sherinian most. It will probably prove to be a good record to listen to when you want to hear something that contains grade-A musicianship but isn't necessarily spazzing out the way bands like Dream Theater often do in terms of time, signatures, etc. If you're in the mood for straight-ahead rock and roll with rock-solid performing, this is the band for you. The lyrics tend to focus on a rocky relationship Ty Tabor had recently been in, so it'll appeal to your melancholy moods as well. I particularly enjoy Rod's drumming on this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong in spots September 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As others have said, the first half of the CD is very strong. The first four songs are very good. I rarely listen to the rest. I really like "Oh God", "Better Left Unsaid" is the kind of song that I hum to myself later in the day.
The titles of the "Partial to the Bean" are amusing but not much else. Ty's solos in that part are really boring. Derek Sherinian's keyboards are forgettable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing sophmore release from Platypus... April 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you think Ty's guitar work in King's X is amazing then you havn't heard this second release by Platypus: Ice Cycles. Of course Ty will always stick to his beliefs (cool!) through his lyrics which is evident in the first track "Oh God". But overall and by far the best track is "the Tower". Ty just rips through the guitar riffs like butter. And the drums are out of this world! The keys give it the progressive metal edge it needs and the bass provides excellent hard drivin rhythm! This Cd is a must have for all King's X, Dream Theater and Dexy Dregs followers. I bought it two days ago and I can't take my "ears" off of it! Its like the american express card, don't leave this site without it in your shopping cart!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the first one MUCH better. May 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you're investigating this CD because you're a Kings X fan then buy it. If you're investigating this CD because you're a Dream Theater or Planet X fan then skip it. I disagree with one of the other reviewers here. I thought this Platypus CD was less progressive than the first one. (The progressive epic "Partial to the Bean" sounds a lot like filler to me.) I also think the first one was heavier.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxed and Smooth Prog Rockin'
I could understand someone if they were unable to even recognize this as progressive rock. You almost need to be a musician to figure out these fairly tricky rhythms. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Craig Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Surpsingly great, heavy rock prog album...
Not too suprising, as it comes from guitarist Ty Tabor of legend heavy funk rock band KING'S X, with some of prog metal band Dream Theater also. Read more
Published on July 21, 2010 by Franz Kiffka
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I can't tell you how great this, and the previous Platypus CDs are. It's like amazing rock n' roll as only Ty Tabor can deliver on. The sound is large, clear and stunning. Read more
Published on February 5, 2008 by Chad Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Platypus - Not As Progressive But Still A Worthy Effort
This was the second release from Ty Tabor's prog rock all star project. To me this one sounds a lot more like Ty's solo stuff than the first album did. Read more
Published on January 1, 2008 by Steven Sly
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Focus, but Still Good
3 Stars = Good

Platypus "Ice Cycles," is a different animal than "When Pus Comes to Shove," still a prog effort, but much more subdued , & lacks the fire & focus. Read more
Published on August 11, 2006 by JAMES MCCORMICK
3.0 out of 5 stars The 1st was better
"When Pus comes to Shove" has some really good symphonic prog stuff. This one just has ordinary rock songs. It is too much like Ty's usual stuff.
Published on August 4, 2005 by Mathur Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than first disc
I should've gotten this along time ago. Well better late than never. This disc is much better than "Pus Comes To Shove". Read more
Published on July 31, 2004 by M. Lemieux
5.0 out of 5 stars Platypus 2nd is a winner
I give this all the stars I can. I have had this CD in my car for 2 weeks and just refuse to take it out. Read more
Published on November 13, 2003 by Tuck
3.0 out of 5 stars Only half an album.
This is a piecemeal effort by these great musicians. Much like the first Platypus album, ICE CYCLES keeps trying to break out into greatness, but fails. Read more
Published on October 19, 2002 by Andy Williamson
2.0 out of 5 stars Deep Freeze
Ice Cycles is a lumbering behemoth rarely breaking stride, slogging it's way without direction. Platypus is best when they forego the vocals, only then does the band stretch their... Read more
Published on April 13, 2002 by Jim Cooper
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