BAND/AUTHOR:

BEYOND THE LABYRINTH

(BELGIUM)

TITLE:
SIGNS (2005)
LABEL:
AUTOPRODUCTION
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE ROCK

"Good things in this nice album, nevertheless a little too uneven to really compare with the big names of the genre..."
ABADDON - 03.08.2006 - (0) minds from our readers - (0) comment(s)
2/5
The reviewer researching the Belgian group Beyond the Labyrinth notices in the reviews of articles published about their album "Signs" a fairly constant reference to Arena. Intriguing!

The opening title ('Media Vision', a reference to the song 'Midas Vision' from "Songs from Lion's Cage"?), shows some analogies with the English group's productions: a melody well placed on a rather marked riff, supported by keyboard chords. No long instrumental developments, but a pleasant work; we note in passing the very applied diction of the singer Bart Rokegem and the very good interventions of the solo guitarist. 

Things go a little wrong with the second track, "Flanders Fields", much more pushy (ah, the lyrics of the chorus!), boosted once again by the inventive solo on the guitar. In two tracks, we will have had a global shortcut of the album, which remains more on the AOR side than on the progressive side, with some tracks well done and very well executed, enjoying a modern and well balanced production ('Tomorrow is gone', Digital World','Welcome to Paradise','Prophet of Doom','In Perpetual Motion') and others more ordinary but never unpleasant ('Icons','Unholy War','The Visionnary','Freak Show','Morning Rendez-vous'). Thus, the group is much more comfortable in fast songs than in slow ones, willingly academic in their composition and instrumentation (keyboard accompaniment is sometimes repetitive).

One remarkable constant: the excellence of Geert Fieuw's interventions on the guitar (as a composer, he used it well): as soon as he enters the game, Beyond the Labyrinth's music begins to live with a completely different intensity.

Good things then in this nice album, nevertheless a little too uneven to really compare with the big names of the genre...

More informations on http://www.beyond-the-labyrinth.com/



SIMILAR BANDS:
PALLAS, DEEP PURPLE, ARENA

TRACK LISTING:
01. Media Vision - 6:53
02. In Flanders Fields - 5:39
03. Icons - 6:56
04. Tomorrow Is Gone - 4:43
05. Unholy War - 4:55
06. Digital World - 6:22
07. The Visionnary - 8:19
08. Freak Show - 4:41
09. Welcome To Paradise - 6:08
10. Prophet Of Doom - 5:53
11. Morning Rendez-vous - 3:53
12. In Perpetual Motion - 6:01


LINEUP:
Bart Rokegem: Chant / Basse
Danny Focke: Claviers / accordéon
Filip Vinck: Batterie
Frederic Ost: Guitares / Violoncelle
Geert Fieuw: Chant / Guitares
Jo De Boeck: Chant


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