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NEW BEYOND TWILIGHT DEFIES IMAGINATION!!!!!

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  1. Soul of Ice

    Soul of Ice Rusted Angel

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    I have listened to it a bunch of times, but so far I can say that I don't care for it as a whole. Sure some parts are really good, but the lack of any sort of continuity kills me.

    If someone could post or Finn could tell us what order to listen to the tracks in, I might change my mind.
     
  2. LunaTEKKE

    LunaTEKKE Madness Reigns

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    I love the concept and the musicianship is impeccable. Listening to this CD on “shuffle” is sort of like listening to a symphony where the sheet music was accidentally dropped on the floor and then picked up again in a haphazard order just before the performance.

    However, when listening on “shuffle”, I do find the abrupt transitions (or lack thereof) distracting. As you said, maybe the trick is finding the correct order…
     
  3. MEGALOUD

    MEGALOUD The Nightmare Has Begun..

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    face it folks, it's great, if you don't have it your missing out!
     
  4. batmura

    batmura Sea of Tranquility

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    * * * * ½

    For the Love of Art and the Making is the third Beyond Twilight album written, produced, and recorded by mastermind Finn Zierler and Jacob Hansen (with some help by Tommy Hansen). The lineup is the same except that Zierler's chosen a new singer for the album (the first two discs had different vocalists as well). Bjorn Jansson from Tears of Anger is the new singer who you will undoubtedly compare to previous guys Jorn Lande and Kelly Sundown Carpenter, especially during the heavier parts where he opts for some serious throaty vocals that sound amazing.

    That said, the vocals are no where near as out front as on the previous releases this time around. On the contrary, they are slightly behind Zierler's dazzling keyboard work and Tomas Freden's pummeling drums. This, however, is definitely a conscious effort on both Zierler and Hansen's parts, as the vocal mix has a deep purpose to it. My understanding is that Zierler wanted to keep the vocals as just part of the songs, rather than the songs themselves, and therefore wrote some of the pieces emphasizing his diverse keyboard and piano sections (by far his most diverse to date) and left more space for heavy guitar runs. Yes, this album is a lot heavier than the earlier discs; its raw sound, crunchy guitar drive and impeccable rhythmic anchor make for one hell of a listen. The disc is divided into 43 sections (with three hidden cuts) and is reminiscent of Edge of Sanity - Crimson II in this aspect. However, all tracks smoothly bleed into each other, making a one-track album that clocks in at nearly 40 minutes.

    Guesting two members from Circus Maximus (speaking of which, have you heard Circus Maximus' 2005 debut yet?), Truls Haugen and Michael Eriksen, For the Love of Art and the Making is the most complex album Finn Zierler has ever written. The album boasts passages laced with intricate instrumentation, where innumerable threads of melodies and riff-based textures are interwoven and embark on some of the most vivid and unorthodox keyboard lines and sequenced sections you'll hear. Zierler has really turned into a keyboard wizard here: the album is packed with blinding synth leads (and the guy solos like a madman!), atmospheric undercurrents, and waves of experimental soundscapes. The dark, cinematic aura that permeated the previous album Section X is readily available here as well, but the music also focuses on amazing guitar work, which seems to alternate between sparse yet effective riffery to terrific leads as on "Temptations" and hard-rocking cuts such as "Dark Wild Rage", a song that boasts huge drum beats, weird sound effects that almost border on industrial, hypnotic synth layerings, and vocals that are as aggressive as they get.

    I stopped worrying about Zierler's choice of singers ever since he won me over with Kelly Sundown Carpenter did a great job filling Jorn Lande's shoes. Bjorn Jansson is no exception. He proves to be a dangerously wicked singer, delivering each piece with utmost emotion on pieces like "The Perfect Heart" where we sings passionately over Zierler's solo piano during the intro before the duo are joined by a cool mutiple vocal arrangement; or the very Lande-inspired singing on "The Black Widow"; as well as the amazing "Purity", a track that combines his powerful voice with shredding guitars and moody synths; or on the simply courageous amalgamation of female choirs, blasbeat-type drums that would fit any death metal band, and excellent harmony vocals with the Circus Maximus guys. One other piece that immediately catches your attention is the second part of "Past the Magic", which is basically a composition made of rhythmic laughter and eerily recalls Jon Oliva to these ears. Moreover, there are so many recurrent themes in the album, as you will discover how many times the great melody and lyrics of the first piece are repeated in different parts through the course of the album.

    Lyrically the album is equally intense and, while I've yet to sit and fully decipher the concept, it seems to deal with themes like life, death, love, dishonesty, lies, and so on. Reading the lyrics of the piece called "Sleeping Beauty" evoked words that mourned the loss of innocence to me, but other listeners may interpret them differently. Another thing about this album is that you may want to shuffle and observe how many new doors the experience may open for you. Depending on the order in which you listen to it, your perception of what Finn Zierler really tried to accomplish with this disc may become clearer and For the Love of Art and the Making may end up becoming one of your favourite discs of the year.

    This album is a like puzzle where each section reinforces the other only to complicate the process. Still, I have to very highly recommend it to any fan of keyboard-infused dark prog metal with excellent vocals and lyrics.
     
  5. MEGALOUD

    MEGALOUD The Nightmare Has Begun..

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    Here are some more amazing ratings ; )
    REVIEWS:
    Rock Hard Magazine- (France's Biggest metal mag) Album of the Month (April 2006)
    Powermetal - Denmark 97 out of 100
    Passzio Rock Klub - Hungary - 10 out of 10
    Revolution Music - Denmark - 6 out of 6
    Hardrock Magazine - Hungary - 9.5 out of 10
    Antenna - Denmark 5 out of 6
    Aardschok Magazine - The Netherlands - 95 out of 100
    FLASH MAGAZINE - IT- Hotspot - reviewed by Klaus Byron
    METALLIUS - ITALY - Spot on - reviewed by Alberto Capettini
    METAL INSIDE - Germany - Tipp - reviwed by Hardy
    METALHEART - PL - 10 out of 10 - reviewed by Marcin Slezak
    ARTROCK - PL - 10 out of 10 - reviewed by DDarek
    HUYNHBROS - VN - Rating 10 out of 10 - reviewed by Hyunh The An
    PASSZIO ROCK KLUB - HU - 10 out of 10
    REVOLUTION MUSIC - DK - 6 out of 6 - reviewed by Wolfman
    HEAVY METAL PAGES MAGAZINE - PL - 6 out of 6 - reviewed by Marcin Ksiazek
    PROGARCHIVES - International - 5 out of 5 - reviewed by Jano Peter & Anialortox
    FRIDAY 13TH ZINE - UK - 5 out of 5 - reviewed by Jason Brown
    AMA - France - rating 5 out of 5 - reviewed by nkeo
    METAL HAMMER MAGAZINE - PL - 4.5 out of 5 - reviewed by Michal Stencel
    CONCRETEWEB - Belgium - 98 out of 100 - reviewed by Tony
    DANISH METAL - DK - 5 out of 6 - reviewed by Jens Surlykke Nielsen
    POWERMETAL - PL - 8.5 out of 10 reviewed by Bartek
    HARD ROCK - FR- 8.5 out of 10
    SPIRITS OF METAL - FRANCE - 18 out of 20 - reviewed by Julien
    HARD N' HEAVY - FR - 4 out 5

    check out the bands myspace site at www.myspace.com/beyondtwilight
     

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