PRESS SECTION - REVIEWS EYE FOR AN EYE


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Anders Vestergaard - METALIZED - Magazine - Denmark - 9 out of 10 points

This album was originally release in the early nineties and was apparently a big success back then. I have however never heard of this music before Lucretia Records decided to re-master and re-release the album, which originally was released by Warner Music. And thank you for doing so! “Eye For An Eye” turns out to be a not-so-small masterpiece within Scandinavian metal. Fronted by Danish Finn Zierler (keyboards) and Swedish Micke Därth (guitars) the listener is guided through a dark universe of heavy, mainly progressive metal with some hints of traditional metal. The dark and sharp production by Tommy Hansen suits the extremely well-composed music nicely, and the icing on the cake has to be Anders Engberg’s (ex-Lions Share) powerful and unique voice. Now I’m just looking forward like a little kid to Zierler’s new project Beyond Twilight.

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Peter - METALOBSERVER - Webzine - Germany - 9 out of 10 points

Thank god for Lucretia Records (a small Italian label), for releasing such a Metal-masterpiece to the general public. "Eye For An Eye" is TWILIGHT's debut-CD, recorded in '93, but never released in Europe until now. And let me tell you it's well worth the wait, TWILIGHT come away as the best keep secret in Metal. What with this gem and their other release "The Edge" being two ass-kicking albums of extremely heavy, dark Progressive Metal with lots of crunch to those guitars and the keyboards adding a nice atmospheric element to the sound (has to be heard to be believed). Organizations like this, whether anybody gets to hear them or not, fill the void left by old TAD MOROSE and CONCEPTION. Lead Screamer Anders Engberg is a dead ringer for Kristian Andrén (TAD MOROSE, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, FIFTH REASON), never allowing you to believe he was once in LIONS SHARE. His vocals are some of the best I've heard in Metal, they are that damn good.

Very promising stuff, from a band that has now changed their name to BEYOND TWILIGHT and are signed to German Massacre Records. I'll keep my eyes and ears open.

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MONSTERS WORLD OF METAL - webzine - Canada - 9½ out of 10 points

In comparison to “The Edge”, this offering by Twilight/Beyond Twilight follows in the same pattern. In general, it is a slower paced album. Although the Tad Morose similarities are still present, but they are not overwhelming. The focus is more on establishing the Twilight sound all the while intertwining the European prog-power metal side of things. Yet this slower tempo characteristic is not representative in some songs. The opener “Come Night Come Evil” has the scary bedtime story trigger to it with a thrashy start. It then inherits a heavy rockier edge going into the lyrics while the keyboards kick in a more down to earth thicker melodic mood. In “Imperfection” the Savatage sound resurfaces. Claus from Intromental told me the resemblance is a coincidence. If so, well it is one kick ass coincidence. Lyrical references about the elite in power are backed up by a “Jesus Saves” riff. Vocals shift from Jon Oliva to Zack Stevens. Don’t even get me started on the solo. On with the brothers in arms, together they march to the groovy anthem sounds of “Trial Be Fire”. A speedier song with a thrashy ending and a flurry of King Diamond voices in the mix. Got to be a winner live. Twilight also has a softer side to them. “Sol et Luna”, a 1:22 classical overture that should be considered being developed to a full song. Then we got the more serious spectrum with “Flashbacks”. A story pertaining to the Holocaust that gives new meaning to the phrase “Into the oven”. Wide vocal ranges and deep melodic song that goes unnoticed. “Sail Away” is probably the slowest and weirdest song of them all. A cross between John West at vocals and a stoned Pink Floyd/Dream Theater(can I say that?) with just 10 words for the lyrics. It is strange yet twisted and emphatic. In all honesty, I can write up a whole lot more about this cd. Yet it doesn’t take long to pick up on a lot of good things. The keyboards are the main drive of this band but in this one it gives way for others to shine. No musician seems to go over the top. The arrangements are hard, slow, fast, melodic and harmonic. The guitars are generally hard but not flashy and the harmonies are present.. The one thing I noticed is the effect of the vocalist’s role. He doesn’t go over the top with his ranges yet never seems to lose his edge. He adds such melodies and flow to the music it is incredible. You would actually think he is acting out a role. I didn’t feel that way at first but it really does build on you. Production wise it is very good, then again what really constitutes as an excellent production ?. It is loud, clear and not confusing to the ear and they all seem to feel comfortable with what they are playing. Their lyrics usually reflect social issues which is always interesting to know how others in the world see society. Despite it being recorded in 1993, I wouldn’t be surprised if in a year from now, I can say this is one of the best albums I have heard in 2001. , I can write up a whole lot more about this cd. Yet it doesn’t take long to pick up on a lot of good things. The keyboards are the main drive of this band but in this one it gives way for others to shine. No musician seems to go over the top. The arrangements are hard, slow, fast, melodic and harmonic. The guitars are generally hard but not flashy and the harmonies are present.. The one thing I noticed is the effect of the vocalist’s role. He doesn’t go over the top with his ranges yet never seems to lose his edge. He adds such melodies and flow to the music it is incredible. You would actually think he is acting out a role. I didn’t feel that way at first but it really does build on you. Production wise it is very good, then again what really constitutes as an excellent production ?. It is loud, clear and not confusing to the ear and they all seem to feel comfortable with what they are playing. Their lyrics usually reflect social issues which is always interesting to know how others in the world see society.

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Ate Hoekstra - GOTHCORE - webzine - The Netherlands - 8½ out of 10 points

De echte kenners onder ons zullen misschien nog wel weten dat dit het tweede album is van de Deense Progressieve Melodieuze Metal band Twilight. Oorspronkelijk verscheen het album al in 1994, maar na de release van 'Eye for an eye' laste de band een pauze in van een aantal jaren. In het jaar 2000 besluiten enkele Twilight leden om toch maar door te gaan, maar dan wel onder de naam Beyond Twiligt. Als eerste teken van leven werden in datzelfde jaar de eerste twee Twilight albums 'The edge' en 'Eye for an eye' opnieuw uitgebracht bij het Italiaanse Lucretia Records. Aan mij de eer om 'Eye for an eye' door te nemen. In eerste instantie vond ik 'Eye for an eye' wel een leuk album, maar ook niet veel meer dan gewoon een leuk album. Maar zoals wel vaker voorkomt bij goede muziek groeide het album bij elke luisterbeurt die volgde. Het gevolg daarvan is dat dit album de afgelopen weken bijna elke dag wel een draaibeurt maakte in mijn cd-speler, en nog steeds ontdek ik nieuwe dingen. Neem nu het geweldige gitaarwerk in opener "Come night come evil'', het imponerende zangwerk in het titelnummer, de progressieve elementen in "Imperfection" of "Flashbacks", een erg donker en intrigerend nummer wat je meeneemt naar een andere dimensie. Als ik er bij stil sta dat ik het hier alleen nog maar over de eerste vier nummers heb dan kan ik zo over elk nummer wel iets positiefs zeggen, maar dat lijkt mij iets teveel van het goede. Het enige nummer wat ik niet onvermeld kan laten is de heerlijke ballad ter afsluiting, "Sail away". De titel van het nummer zegt in feite al meer dan voldoende. Mijn voorstel aan jullie is echter vooral om de muziek van Twilight zelf eens na te checken. Het verhaal gaat trouwens dat Beyond Twilight nog vele malen beter is dan Twilight, vandaar ook dat ik me dit keer in houdt en 'Eye for an eye' slechts 8,5 punten geef...

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Steve Totomis - EXPERIENCE THE POWER - Magazine - 8½ out of 10

This is probably one of the very few albums with such different re-releases. I have in my hands the last re-release from Lucretia Records that took place in 2000. Twilight is a fine Swedish Power Metal band with a very good concept and musical direction. The band has a quite original sound based on strong (and kind slow, mid-tempo) guitars and on the extra-class voice of their lead singer Anders Engberg! Anders is really dominating the songs with his powerful, expressive interpretation while the band seems to have a certain talent in song writing. The material sounds extremely fresh and original while the slightly Power/Doom orientation adds a lot to the final result. Songs like “To the End”, “Trial by Fire”, “Eye for an Eye”, “Imperfection”, “Flashbacks”, “River of Styx” are top class material. The band is now working on their new album while in the meantime they have re-released their debut album “The Edge” again under Lucretia Records.

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Rasmus Reckeweg - SWEDEN ROCK - Magazine - Sweden

We are now entering the progressive genre, and it’s always very exciting to review. Especially when we have to do with bands like Twilight that you just can’t compare directly to other bands. “Eye For An Eye” was released originally back in the early nineties. However, because of the growing grunge-wave it never really got the deserved attention in the media, and today, 10 years later, the situation seem a bit different. Twilight is based around a Danish keyboardist and a bunch of hired Swedish musicians. Among other we find none less than Anders “Andy” Engberg (ex-Lions Share) behind the microphone. When you hear how great he is singing here, you have to wonder what he has been up to in the past years. Sure, he was a good singer in Lion’s Share, but here he is just awesome. He pushes his voice to the limit and it sounds fantastic. The music is very progressive with heavy riff attacks, cool keyboards in the background and lots of changing rhythmic patterns. I can’t really help drawing parallels to Swedish pride Europe. Especially in the pop’ish “Trial By Fire” the similarities are quite big, but after a while it changes into heavy, pure brutal prog-riff’s. A very good starting point to the progressive genre for the more traditional metal listener.

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Lothar Landt - EMP - Webzine - Germany

This is the completely remastered rerelease of the Danish-Swedish Metal- forge's official 1993-debut. Founded by keyboarder Finn Zierler, Twilight have devoted to melodic Metal, enriched by slight Power- and Progressive- elements. Contrary to their many competitors, this six-piece band favours gloominess. "Flashbacks", e.g. is woven by dark mid-tempo-riffs topped by Anders Engberg's dark vocals. Basically, the songs are very guitar-oriented, Jan Strandh and Micke Dörth are a good team, even though keyboarder Zierler is the main song-writer. The band don't lose themselves in endless playing around. Straight and directly, they rock. Which could be seen the only disadvantage of "Eye for an eye": could have been more variable in the tempo instead of offering "controlled offensive". Diversity is lacking, but each song for itself is a masterpiece!

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JESTER's NEWS - Webzine - Germany

Eigentlich alles richtig gemacht und trotzdem nicht mit Lobeshymnen überhäuft. Woran liegt das? Naja, zunächst einmal sollte gesagt werden, dass die Wiederveröffentlichung von TWILIGHTs Eye For An Eye unter die Rubrik Progressive Metal fällt, die Scheibe sehr eigenständig ist und technisch im Prinzip nichts bemängelt werden kann. Andererseits hat sich nach dem Anhören des Albums kein bleibender Eindruck in den Gehörgängen des Zuhörers festgefressen, und auch nach mehrmaligem Durchhören kann man nicht sagen, welche Passagen einem denn besonders gefallen hätten, weil eben nichts überragendes dabei ist, an das man sich erinnern kann. Dabei ist Eye For An Eye nicht einmal extrem verfrickelt, sondern halbwegs zugänglich und nachvollziehbar (ohne dabei zu eingängig zu klingen). Schwer zu sagen, woran das liegt, aber es ist vermutlich der fehlende Wiedererkennungswert, der dem Album fehlt und der ungeheuer wichtig ist um sich von anderen Bands des Genres abzugrenzen. Und obwohl TWILIGHT wie bereits gesagt durchaus eigenständig sind, ragt keiner der Songs übermäßig aus dem Album heraus, sondern alles wirkt sehr kompakt und dicht. Selbstverständlich muss dieser Eindruck nicht generell für alle Progressive Metal Fans gelten, und es gibt mit Sicherheit auch genügend Leute, die auf Eye For An Eye abfahren, aber wer TWILIGHT nicht kennt, der sollte vor einem Kauf auf jeden Fall zuerst in die Scheibe hineinhören und sich sein eigenes Bild machen.

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SCREAM MAGAZINE - Magazine - Germany - 5 out of 6 points

Eins vorneweg: Eye For An Eye ist nicht neu, sondern eine remasterte Wiederveröffentlichung des bereits 1993 erschienen Albums. Die Band, deren Mitglieder aus Dänemark und Schweden kommen, hat sich dem melodiebetonten Metal verschrieben, arbeitet jedoch verstärkt mit progressiven Elementen. Die Power kommt dabei nicht zu kurz, die Gitarren klingen fett und heftig. Zeitweise sind die Songs auch recht finster angehaucht, was der Sache allerdings keinen Abbruch tut, sondern im Gegenteil einen sehr positven Eindruck hinterlässt. Die Progelemente sind so clever eingesetzt, dass sie erheblich dazu beitragen einen Song so richtig interessant zu machen und nicht umgekehrt, bzw. um den weniger geduldigen Hörer gleich auf die Nerven zu gehen. Nach mehreren Durchläufen steigern sich die abwechslungsreichen Stücke immer mehr, so dass der erste Eindruck "hier steckt was `drin - das könnte mehr sein als der übliche Mist der veröffentlicht wird", sich immer mehr verstärkt. Daher sei dem Interessenten geraten, wenn er die Möglichkeit hat, sich die CD ruhig mehrmals reinzuziehen - das wird sich bestimmt lohnen.

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Larry D. - Perpetual Motion Board - Webzine -Intl.

This is the re-issue of the infamous, underground disc that has been eluding many folks for years..... well, now is the time to grab it while you can. I believe that the production has changed somewhat ?? I haven't read the CD booklet yet, but the sound is a bit different from the original release, which had a booming, eerie echo to the sound -- and it was a bit more fuller than this one, but this is great stuff nonetheless.......Andy Engberg -- nuff said.

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TOMBSTONE - Webzine - Greece - 8 out of 10 points

Now this is a band that has really improved. I remember a few months before when we reviewed their debut album and we awarded it a 5, saying that they need more work. Well these guys have taken our advice seriously and their new album is really cool. They are still playing Progressive metal but this time it’s much heavier and the power metal elements are stronger. There are even some classic metal elements is some of the heavier songs of the album. The arrangements are much better and there’s not even one indifferent song. The production is vastly improved, but has improved most of all is the songwriting. Catchy and groovy songs that display their skills, but never venture too far away from the song structure. There’s enough technique in the music and some great musicianship in these guys. It’s an excellent album and it’s worth checking it if you are into progressive music in general. It’s really nice to see a band evolving and improving so much. Good work guys.

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