BAND/AUTHOR:

BEYOND THE LABYRINTH

(BELGIUM)

TITLE:
CASTLES IN THE SAND (2009)
LABEL:
AUTOPRODUCTION
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE METAL

"Combining powerful production, flawless technical qualities and a great sense of melody, "Castles in the Sand" should attract a large number of progressive metal lovers in need of high-end productions."
NOISE - 31.03.2009 - (0) minds from our readers - (0) comment(s)
4/5
Beyond the labyrinth is a group from Belgium founded in the mid-1990s 
by guitarist and keyboardist Geert Fieuw who proposes with Castles in the sand his second studio album. Since "Signs", released three years earlier, the band's line-up has evolved a lot, especially the rhythm section which has completely changed.

"Castles the sand" is the result of a long-term project, well before the realization of Signs. It took Fieuw more than 10 years to write this album, the genesis of the disc going back to 1996. After this long delay, it only took the band 10 months to box this record in 2008. 

Composed of talented musicians such as Jo De Boeck singing in the spirit of a Rob Sowden (Arena), powerful and very melodic or Geert Fieuw on guitar, both technical and accessible, Beyond the labyrinth offers a metal rock with strong progressive and melodic accents. If several titles stand out among the twelve presented it is necessary to specify that the coherence of the whole and the melodic qualities contained in each piece pushes to listen to the disc in one go. 

The first track, "Solitary dancer", opens this opus in a powerful way thanks to its very effective chorus followed by the very good "Pure sabotage" and its very beautiful piano line perfectly accompanying the vocals. "Enemy within" will then be the opportunity to salute Jo de Boeck's performance. Throughout the track and on the chorus in particular, he sticks the thrill to the listener with a fluid vocal of a rare, powerful and melodic quality. Moreover, this track is magnified by a final solo very epic.

One of the band's strengths is to remain accessible, to find the right balance between progressive, heavy metal and melody. The typical example is, in addition to the title "Pure Sabotage", "Draining my energy". Short, both simple and effective, it has a beautiful keyboard line well in the tradition of the genre and once again an excellent solo very lively and melodic. It is on this kind of tracks that the band comes closest to an Arena, which has also found this subtle balance, without sounding like a clone.

With the eponymous song, we hold the other big title of the disc. In 7 minutes, BTL shows a beautiful mastery, starting gently with an omnipresent piano to quickly arrive in a rather fast rhythm interspersed with calmer passages. It should be noted that the piano parts are played by Kirill Pokrovsky, who does an absolutely remarkable job of giving this piece a beautiful depth.

Combining powerful production, flawless technical qualities and a great sense of melody, "Castles in the Sand" should attract a large number of progressive metal lovers in need of high-end productions.

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



SIMILAR BANDS:
DEEP PURPLE, PALLAS, ARENA

TRACK LISTING:
01. The Curtain Falls - 01:18
02. Solitary Dancer – 05:40
03. Pure Sabotage – 03:47
04. The Enemy Within - 04:49
05. Draining My Energy - 03 :22
06. Beyond The Labyrinth - 04 :26
07. Castles In The Sand - 06 :59
08. For Eternity - 04 :25
09. Caught In The Game - 04 :39
10. Caged - 04:50
11. Time To Fly - 04:02
12. No Place For A Dreamer - 05:24


LINEUP:
Bruno "Drumaholic" Goedhuys: Batterie / percussions
Geert Fieuw: Guitares
Gerry "Krenryg" Verstreken : Basse
guest : Frédéric Ost: Guitares
guest : Henry Meeuw: Guitares
guest : Kirill Pokrovsky: Piano
guest : Kirsten Fernandez Suarez: chant - choeurs
Jo De Boeck: Chant


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Concept-album
 
 
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