(7/10) 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.
- The Offer
- End Transmission
- In Me
- Flight Of The Dragon
- Life Will Fade
- The Wolves You’ve Let In
- One Day
Label: Massacre Records
Genre: Progressive Metal
Release date EU: August 23rd, 2019