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Beyond Twilight's Section X definitely achieved its place amongst my favourite records released last year. So naturally I was anticipating the new BT record. Much to my disappointment I noticed already beforehand receiving this record that the new Beyond Twilight album once again features a new singer... I already had my fingers crossed for hearing another great record sung by Kelly Sundown Carpenter, but apparently in vain (gotta wait for the Outworld debut). Nonetheless, Finn Zierler's new choice isn't bad at all - Björn Jansson delivered rather solid performance on Imaginery's debut album and his singing on this record is OK, though he isn't on the same level with Lande and Carpenter. Jansson just tends to overdo few things, and that's never too engaging (for example, the laughter on 31st track).
The material on for the Love of Art and the Making is musically rather similar to Beyond Twilight's earlier works... so it's still atmospheric cinematic progressive metal. Regardless, the new twist is that there's only one epic song on this record spread across forty-three sections. In that sense this is a lot more soundtrackish record than the previous BT albums, and I'll even say that this is almost an instrumental record - when there are vocals, they are more often than not used as additional instrumentation.
Since this record has such a fractured structure the material doesn't flow always that well... to me it seems that Zierler has succumbed to his own gimmickry and lust for mindless creativity. Sure some parts are great, but as a whole this work just isn't that awesome. I reckon the impression would be different if one would hear these parts spread across some movie... in that case this material might work rather well, but as a listenable record For the Love of Art and the Making does only a mediocre job. Well, this all just proves the fact that it also happens to best of them... one can't always succeed. To keep it brief, I'd say the material on this album just isn't up to Beyond Twilight standards.
In addition to regular listening, I tried the shuffle playing, as the promo sheet suggested new dimensions would open that way... well, the result wasn't that good - the different pieces didn't really fit that well together (except for few fortuitous sequences). Thus I believe some alternate track order possibilities may sound good, but overall this effort should have been honed further. On top of all, this record is rather short (doesn't even cross the forty-minute mark).
The production on this album is rather apt, though slight clipping occurred few times. Nevertheless, the sounds don't manage to make this record more impressive. All in all, Beyond Twilight's For the Love of Art and the Making is fairly troublesome record that stumbles on its ambitiousness... back to listening Section X, at least in my case.
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- MAGE (July 19th, 2006)
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