BEYOND THE LABYRINTH – The Art Of Resilience (Album Review)

Beyond the LabyrinthSo, this Dark Lord I know sidles up to me and says, “wanna review this band called Beyond The Labyrinth? Great knowledge will you gain.”  As if in a trance, I accepted this challenge and got to work listening to their magnum opus The Art Of Resilience in the darkness of my medieval castle.

The ghosts of Marillion and Asia haunt this release.  The Belgian band obviously reveres prog rockers but melds in more pop sensibilities to color their work.
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The album opens with “The Set Up“, which leans on Marillion and Pallas as it unwinds like a coiled snake.  The singer unloads his voice like a latter-day Steve Hogarth and the song has a pretty strong hook to it.
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Following the opener comes the pop rocker of “Carry On” that takes its cue from Jethro Tull on Broadsword And The Beastie and morphs into Asia.  Great track that features some tasty guitar work and bouncing Hammond organ.
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Someone Watching Over You” unfortunately does hit the cliche button a bit hard with its Phil Collins meets Heart vibe.  This would be more at home in 1987.  Not a highlight.
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Prince Of Darkness” enters with a prog-tasic chord progression and the feel of old style Pallas or even Camel or King Crimson.
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Other highlights include the technical spirit of “Shape Shifter“, evoking Dream Theatre or prime Queensryche.  “Can’t Get Over You” rocks with a swagger and “Salve Mater” is an epic journey.
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The album has its moments for prog fans.  However, it is not of the standard of prime time Marillion or Genesis.  One bone of contention for me is the amount of cliched lyrics, especially on the song “Liberation Day“.  Advice? Take more from Fish and less from Phil Collins and you’ll find a more original way to communicate.  Now, how do I find my way out of this labyrinth?
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