has broken all boundaries in progressive metal with their third album release For the Love of Art and the Making
. Let me start out by saying this album is absolutely a unique masterpiece but it is so much more than that. The album is shocking. Genious composer Finn Zierler
is revealing a shining musical pearl. The first album The Devil's Hall of Fame
was a masterpiece and very promising album for the future. Waiting 4 years to the next release Section X
was well worth it the album is to me one of the best progressive albums ever. I did not in imagine how this album could ever be topped. But the new album has surpassed it. Surprising is one of the brands of Beyond Twilight
and surprise they did with releasing a new album only a year after Section X
. Falling in to the magic of this album takes you on a long journey of musical brilliancy. It is the purest art. Full of changing emotions, arrangements and structures. What composer and keyboardplayer no 1. in metal Finn Zierler
in my opinion has created here is stunning. Very complicated music, but with outstanding songwriting, many surprising pieces and turns and great technical elements and performances from all of the band on the entire album. Really great musicianship. The compositions are huge and original. The lyrical concept is haunting, refreshing and very clever. It is one long track but devided into sections. The album contains 43 sections which you can shuffle on your cdplayer - another originality. But to me the album works the best by listening to it from the start to the end. This album is none comparable to any other in the progressive genre. There are big epic passages, heavy moments, grinding guitars, fast solos, slow and beautiful leads, compositions of classical instruments. There are pieces with atmospheric almost insane keyboards. Slow
passages, fast passages, wailing vocals, big choirs, theatrical parts, laughing parts, operatic parts, symphonic parts, breaks in many different refreshing ways, all the pieces with a purpose and a meaning. The pianoplaying is a chapter on its own it is simply mindblowing. The album is addictive, it is full of surprises, it is amazing. The production powerful, it is hammering and in your face.
Finally I have to say that this album is for me the absolute candidate for the best album in 2006. I recommend it to anyone with a taste for art and music.