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Tomorrow's Eve

The Tower

Review by Josh Turner

Their icon is the kind of illustration you’d expect to see in a Dan Brown novel. The album title is closer to the objective of a Stephen King protagonist as is found in The Talisman or The Gunslinger. As to the music, it has about as much depth as what could be created in the minds of those two inimitable scribes.

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Track by Track Review
The Tower
The title track is a combination of Dream Theater, Kino and Arena, but not at the same time. Within the span of seven minutes, they introduce a half dozen different threads. Each is carefully stitched with the next and given a fair amount of reprisal. While their musicianship is sound, the songwriting – like those above - is beyond reproach.
Remember
Here they’re less accepting of diversity. Instrumentally it follows the routine structure of a power ballad. While it’s mostly a simple glazing over, the vocalist sells this piece with passionate libretto. Plus, the energetic bridges prove that there is still a lot of gas left in the tank.
Success
This is more like it. In the intro, the guitars overload the system with high-voltage riffs. Additionally, the keyboards provide an electrifying layer while the tempered drums keep bare wires from smelting. Aside from a few breathers, they just continue to push the pace higher.
Not From This World
The last track must have acted as an outlet for their rage. After melodic tantrums are over and done, this piece receives a female touch in the form of guest vocalist, Jennie Kloos. The harmony is exquisite; and if that weren’t enough, this song receives a series of peace-seeking orchestral arrangements. Looking down from The Tower’s zenith, it’s apparent this group has a multitude of talent. Evidently in touch with their abilities, they’re not afraid to use it.
 
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