Year : 2019
Style : Progressive Metal
Country : Germany
Audio : 320 kbps + scans
Size : 111 mb
Ivory Tower was formed in 1996, when Sven Böge, André Fischer and Thorsten Thrunke (and two another musicians) founded the combo under the incredible name AX´N SEX.Their self-produced 4-Song-CD "Victim of Time" received a very positive reception, not only in Germany , but also in Europe as well as overseas.After some deliberation the musicians changed the name of the band to the more suitable IVORY TOWER. They polished their styles further, and made some changes in the line-up.In 1997 Limb Music Products and Publishing (LMP) had been quick to recognize the enormous potential of the band and offered them a contract. The first official worldwide CD release of the self-titled debut was followed by tremendous reviews worldwide. In March and April 1999 IVORY TOWER supported this album by touring through Germany with "Mob Rules" and "Murder One".Over summer 1999 IVORY TOWER produced the second monsterpiece called “Beyond the stars”, released in April 2000. During that time there were extensive promotional activities all over the world.In 2001 Stephan M., Stephan L. and Thorsten left the band due to personal reasons. The Contract to LMP was cancelled almost contemporary.After a break for a couple of years Sven and André decided to record new album and started the “pre-pre-pre-pre-pre production” on a new album working-titled "IT”.After the recordings IVORY TOWER were -unfortunately again- looking for a new label, also looking for new bass and drum men……..and fortunately found all it.In 2006 Flo Tabbert on drums and Björn Bombach on Bass joined the band and the played some shows f. e. "Headbanger´s Open Air" and the "Metal Bash".In 2007 IVORY TOWER were signed by Pure Steel Records and the album "Subjective Enemy" (formerly known as "IT") was released worldwide in 2008.After supporting the album and a little break IVORY TOWER started the pre production on another album. The idea was to change the style a little bit but not to much. Get a bit, but only a bit, harder. Sing a bit, but only a bit, dirtier and sound a bit, but only a bit, easier.In 2011 Ivory Tower switched to the new Label d.o.t.t.-records (dust on the tracks) and the album “IV” got the possibility to come into this world.In 2012 Ivory Tower decided to extend the family and so keyboarder and guitarist Marco Matthies was adopted and increased the possibilities. And so the story goes on…In 2014 Florian T. and Andrè left the band due to personal reasons. Dirk Meyer on vocals and Florian Karbaum on drums finally joined the band. IVORY TOWER begins touring again and also starts to work on new material for a new album. Now the family is completed to rock and create new things. Watch out for Ivory Tower on stage and expect a new album soooooon.
Modern progressive metal band Ivory Tower will release its new album "Stronger" via Massacre Records! The new album was mixed by Sven Böge at Ivory Tower Studio (Kiel, Germany) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios (Örebro, Sweden). Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design has created the album's cover artwork. "Stronger" features 12 powerful progressive metal gems, custom written for the new vocalist Dirk Meyer. The songs cover the spectrum from traditional to modern, from ballad as well instrumental to in-your-face metal and will leave nothing to be desired!Ivory Tower, that’s Progressive Metal hailing from Kiel, Germany. The quintet released four albums to date with ‘IV’ being the latest one. Eight years later and after having been gone through line-up changes the guys from Schleswig Holstein puts more wood on the metallic fire with longplayer number five.Frank Fasold (key) is the newest band member. The keyboarder joint in 2017 and it’s Ivory Tower’s new singer Dirk Meyer, who joined already in 2013. It’s ‘Stronger’ being the first Ivory Tower record he enriches with his voice and he does a good job.‘Stronger’ became a good album, but it misses the final punch. Ivory Tower plays well-done Progressive Metal and it’s songs like the straight-forward ‘End Transmission’ and ‘Life Will Fade’ that crosses boarders towards Melodic Power Metal. Also hymns like ‘In Me’ are entertaining and multi-layered compositions, reflecting good craftsmanship.With the exception of the short interlude ‘Flight of the Dragon’ tunes became rather long with all of them being longer than five minutes. Although songs are long they never become lengthy. There’s always enough variation build in to keep a solid level of tension.An extraordinary long songs seems the closer ‘One Day’. It says twelve minutes on the display but actually the last tone fades away after a bit more than 6 minutes. The rest is silence with some hidden chit-chat of band members s the final end of this release.‘Stronger’ is an album tht obviously doesn’t contain a bad or annoying songs. It’s a well-crafted longplayer with some shining moments. It’s just this little wow-factor that’s missing and that would have moved ‘Stronger’ from solid to strong.
Thorsten Thrunke - Drums (1996-2002, 2016-present) - See also: Hear 'n Kiel, ex-Slow Kill System, ex-Ax'n Sex
Sven Böge - Guitars (1996-present) - See also: Ritual Steel, ex-Z-Iron, Hear 'n Kiel
Björn Bombach - Bass (2006-present) - See also: Steel Maid, ex-Ritual Steel
Dirk Meyer - Vocals (2013-present) - See also: Rapid Angel
Frank Fasold - Keyboards (2017-present)
01. The Offer
03. End Transmission
05. In Me
08. Flight of the Dragon
09. Life Will Fade
11. The Wolves You've Let In
12. One Day
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