Ivory Tower - Beyond The Stars
|Ivory Tower is a German melodic metal band that injects its song structures with tons of melodies and warmth, especially in the vocal and keyboard depts. Other bands that employ this particular strategy of avoiding the "dreaded" moniker of progressive metal band that come to mind instantly are Avalon, GB Arts, Vanden Plas, etc…Bands in this particular style have their roots and song structures firmly planted in the melodic metal field but still like to mix it up by changing tempos every so often, changing the direction of the song, or just plain mixing up the entire song. Somehow, they always manage to maintain a specific beat, pattern, and melodic warmth to be able to appeal to a larger audience than just the progressive metal audience does. To me, this is a smart approach that enables the bands to reach quite a broader audience thereby not limiting themselves to a certain listener while still satisfying their personal taste in music as well as different breeds of listeners.
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