Ivory Tower
return to the fore with their fifth offering titled ‘Stronger’,
and boy does it pack a hefty punch
Fancy a riff fest?, then climb the stairs of this ivory tower to the very summit of what melodic hard hitting Metal has to offer. Powering in at an impressive 76 minute running time, this album certainly offers value for money but what is length without strength, well this beauty feels as if it’s been in the local gym every night for a year. From the opening bars of ’The Offer’, my attention was well and truly grabbed as wave after wave of devastatingly catchy and infectious riffs and melodies flooded from the speakers, a real classic Metal vibe rearing its head from time to time as the amazing vocals of Dirk Meyer offer a huge range and depth to each track. The rhythm section is just immense, such power, bringing a darker edge to things despite the catchy melodies. Listening to songs like ’In Me’ for example, you get a good indication of how well composed and performed this record actually is, whilst the band rarely divert from the classic Metal blueprint, they sure cram as much elements from each end of the scale as is humanly possible. Indeed, the opening section of ’Slave’ has an almost symphonic feel in an early Nightwish kind of way, which took me a little by surprise but on the whole ’Stronger’ has one aim and one aim only, to rock you to the core
In an age of sometimes over complication in the music world, how refreshing and uplifting to come across an album that succeeds in relighting that fire within, and reminding me how much this wonderful genre of music called Metal means to me. Twelve tracks that will have you punching the air with delight, superbly written, produced and performed by a band that deserve all the praise that this release brings
Review from Simon Bower ( Planet Mosh )

IVORY TOWER present an ambitious progressive power metal of the special class, contemporary, enthralling, multifaceted. The album opens with the song „One Life In Asia“, a fast-paced Power Metal song whose lyrics center around the misery in the third world and critical child labor. „A Distant Light“ moves skillfully in the mid-tempo range
and shines through a long concise guitar solo. „Spring“ is the soulful ballad, which provides a sparkler atmosphere with piano and a great vocal melody. „She“, in turn, presents a grippy hard rock blast, which – inspired by theeighties – comes along with a hard drivin riff. The revised version of the John Miles classic „Music“ will also cause a sensation.

IVORY TOWER show how much expression and hardness can be found in this song. Probably the most impressive number is certainly the more than fifteen-minute „Blinded“ in which IVORY TOWER present the full range of their creative potential. You discover various tempo changes, unison played parts and spährische resolutions. A
masterpiece with an epic measure of time, which finally crowns the imposing album.
Not to be enthusiastic about IVORY TOWER is difficult. Here, technical and compositional skills paired with ingenuity and irrepressible enthusiasm. In their ivory tower (chosen by name), these five musicians will not have to wait long. This band is on the go in the international public. watch out!

Beyond The Stars
Power Progressive Metal – from hard to distinctive, from straight to playful,
from orchestral to experimental.
The grip on the stars? Beyond the sun and the moon, in the immense universe, past countless celestial bodies on the way to infinity, the sounding Ivory tower appears on which the North German prog-metal band Ivory Tower refers with their release. The new album has the meaningful title „Beyond The Stars“
and stylistically continues the same course that the formation took with its self-titled debut album in the fall of 1998. In its entirety, „Beyond The Stars“ is even more direct, grippier, yet powerful and gripping. The music continues to live on the expressive voice of André Fischer, numerous filigree guitar parts, cleverly placed orchestral passages and extremely varied arrangements.

Subjective Enemy
is a concept album….
this story is about a man. One of many. Split in his personality. Influencing and missing affection within young years supported the building up of anger, hate and maliciousness.
The own indifference and lacking self-responsibility also offered the breeding ground for the evil.
Without noticing it his steady behaviour became influenced by arrogance, aggression and egoism. Friendsand acquaintances turn away and in the end his beloved girlfried leaves him, too.
Caught in this cage of evil he slowly becomes aware of his lifetime. And so he attempts to change himself and make up for the mistakes he´s made. But this enemy is bigger than he thought because the dark side in us cannot be so simply changed. and the dark side has a name…..it.

(the number of the earthly)
Super artwork plus 10 tracks with the right mix of sophistication, melody and heaviness as well as the necessary bombast in the hip spots – the new IVORY TOWER album has it all. Title of the new CD: simply „IV“. There are plenty of associations to this number – four elements, four seasons, four directions, four temperaments (according to Western element theory), 4/4 time or 4-th album by 4 IVORY TOWER band members. The inclined fan is fully served by the Prog.-Metal group from Kiel and gets artfully linked several topics, breaks and tempo change increase the musical suspense within the individual tracks.