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Beyond the Stars Import

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Second full length by German Progressive Power Metal band Ivory Tower issued in 2000 by Limb Music. Track listing is 1. Silence 06:52 2. Secret in Me 06:04 3. Foreboding 11:50 4. Game of Life 03:53 5. Peeping Tom 05:02 6. Beyond the Stars 07:26 7. When Thoughts are Running Wild 05:54 8. Flight into Self 06:03 9. Treehouse Theme 01:21 10. Treehouse 08:29

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Silence
  2. Secret In Me
  3. Foreboding
  4. Game Of Life
  5. Peeping Tom
  6. Beyond The Stars
  7. When Thoughts Are Running Wild
  8. Flight Into The Self
  9. Treehouse Theme
  10. Treehouse

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: LMP
  • Run Time: 62.9 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004T8M4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After hearing and being blown away by the song "Distant Light" off of the band's self-titled debut, I was surprised at how much trouble I had getting into this album. Sadly, that one song seems to be better than anything the band could come up with for this, their sophomore effort. Overall, the album has an incredibly amateur flavor to it that left this listener feeling completely untouched. To make matters worse, the lyrics -- hindered by the band's German background, no doubt -- are unmistakably weak wherever they're not embarassingly silly. Not that the album is completely without its highpoints. The singing from André Fischer, for instance, is outstanding -- I may even place him in my top 10 after hearing the performance on this album. Other highlights include the song "Secret in Me" (and to a lesser extent "Flight into the Self") as well as the remarkable instrumental section in the middle of "Foreboding" and the enchanting piano/vocal intro to "Silence". With its finale, the album makes a last ditch effort at redemption with the noteworthy 9 minute "Treehouse" epic, but its contribution to the whole of the album is literally too little, too late. Overall, the album suffered from a lack of variety and just couldn't seem to cross that line which separates the exceptionally average from the truly memorable.
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Format: Audio CD
2000’s Beyond the Stars is the second album from German progressive/power metal band Ivory Tower. The band was signed to the LMP label at the time, so they got lumped in with Rhapsody and all the cookie-cutter power metal bands that followed in their wake. Instead Ivory Tower was closer to the cookie-cutter prog metal that Magna Carta was pushing.

Beyond the Stars is reminiscent of mid ‘90s Fates Warning and Return to Heaven Denied-era Labyrinth, though not as memorable as either of those. The guitar riffs are satisfyingly heavy, but the keyboards and overall atmosphere make the album sound tranquil. They keep the more metallic elements in check, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. The vocals are memorable, but seem too thin at times, and the songwriting just isn’t that compelling.

There’s a reason people don’t talk about Ivory Tower the same way they do Symphony X and Threshold. As technically sound as this album is, it’s just not a top tier prog metal album. Beyond the Sun is solid and enjoyable if you’re really into that Dream Theater and Fates Warning-inspired late ‘90s prog metal sound, but is not an album you’re likely to come back to very often.
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