PRESS SECTION - REVIEWS THE DEVIL'S HALL OF FAME


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Snoep - LORDS OF METAL - Webzine - THE NETHERLANDS - 100 out of 100 points

The CD has ended and I burst into a standing ovation. What an album! Hours later 'Hellfire…Hellfire…' is still going around my head, and I come to the conclusion that this is one of those albums that will definitely make the top three in my annual chart. What Jorn Landers (Millenium, ARK, The Snakes) does with his voice here is absolutely phenomenal. Rarely you encounter a singer that can use his voice with so much with so much expression and so much technical perfection. Words are not enough at this point, it's such an act of genius you'll have to hear it for yourself. Beyond Twilight is the mental child of keyboard-player Finn Zierler, who is also known from the band Twilight with which he quit in 1997 (hence the name and the almost identical logo). The entire album has been composed under extreme circumstances in the Sahara and the Atlas Mountains without the use of a single instrument. If, under these circumstances, you create a masterwork like this, you start wondering yourself if there hasn't been a higher power at work here. The music has a dark, colorful and sweeping character and can best be described as a progressive hardrock/metal mix of bands like Ayreon, Symphony X, Savatage and Black Sabbath. Production has been done by Tommy Hansen, also known as the producer of Helloween, in three different studios. Partly because of this, the CD has a very atmospheric and full sound, which gives even more color to each track. The concept of the album is about the journey of a man into his own brain after logging into this via his own computer. Central question of this journey is if everything around him is an illusion, if people have a will of their own, if religion as a philosophy is an essentiality and what the meaning of live is. The lyrics in combination with the music makes this album a true work of genius. I've listened to it about 20 times now and I'm still disappointed when it's over. This is the way you're supposed to make music. A fairly deserved maximum score.

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Murat Batmaz - SEAOFTRANQUILITY - Webzine - USA - 5 out of 5 points

The year 2001 was the highlight of noted vocalist Jorn Lande's career. He simply peaked that year with three different and amazing albums: Ark - Burn the Sun, his sophomore solo effort Worldchanger, and Beyond Twilight - The Devil's Hall of Fame. After his short-lived touring with guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, there was little left to do for him to prove himself in the current music scene.

I have one thing to say about Jorn Lande. He is without a shadow of doubt one of the best, most amazing, distinctive vocalists of today. His voice is world class, rich, and spans a quite large range. He can go from singing very calm and smoothly to a very gritty and aggressive style, which he perfectly exhibits on The Devil's Hall of Fame. So, if you're only familiar with his earlier hard rock driven back catalog such as The Snakes, his first solo album and the self-titled Ark debut, his stuff with Vagabond (a Norwegian hard rock band featuring TNT guitarist LeTekro), the melodic hard rock/metal band Millenium, or Nikolo Kotzev's Nostradmus (with Joe Lynn Turner), I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Because this album is the most aggressive album in his entire career. His singing is incredibly assertive yet still soulful.

Beyond Twilight, while a new name, was actually formed back in 1992. Their original name was Twilight and they had a different singer, namely Anders Engberg, who joined Lion's Share and then Section A respectively. Also, although most people recognise Beyond Twilight as "one of Jorn Lande's bands", the main man behind the band is Finn Zierler. He plays the keys, provides backing vocals, and (co)-writes each and every song. All eight tracks on The Devil's Hall of Fame were written by Zierler and Lande, except the two instrumentals which were both composed by Zierler himself.

The keyboards are very subtle and suggestive through the entire album. Right from the first song "Hellfire" they set the mood and define the ultimate direction of the record. Zieler's trade mark tone is widely prevalant on all the songs and they are very distinctive in all the arrangements. The guitars are also amazing, but no where near as subtle as Lande's vocals and Zierler's keyboards. Anders Lindgren lays down the bass and ex-Twilight drummer Tomas Freden sits behind the skins. Both of them provide fitting rhythm sections, but like I said, the main standout aspects of the album are Lande's killer vocals and the masterfully crafted keyboards and compositions.

Tommy Hansen, mostly known for his work with Helloween, handled the production duties and he pulled off a flawless job. Excellent mix of instrumentation and perfect clear production! He also produced Lande's Worldchanger.

The album itself is based on a quite interesting storyline, though I don't pay as much attention to it as I do to the beautiful compositions and Lande's vocals. The concept is about a man who uses a computer to hack into his own mind and explore the disconnected parts of his spirit. As he enters his mind, he is awfully shocked at what he faces. He begins to deal with the unwanted events in his life and gradually develops an attitude.

I happen to love every single song on this CD; but if I were to make choices I'd go for the opening song "Hellfire" for its incorporating all metal elements and mixing them up perfectly in one form to create the sound of Beyond Twilight. The guitar work is magnificent on this track. I think it could have been even better if Zieler had given Ericson a bit more space to lay down some more solos as opposed to playing mostly rhythm. The third track "Shadowland" is definitely my favourite off of this album. Not only is it my favourite on this album, but I consider it one one of the best songs that Lande has ever sung in his life. It contains everything you might be looking for in a composition: rawness, aggressive singing, dark atmosphere, great musical performance, thought provoking lyrics. Lande shifts from the most assertive styles to a very 80's driven clean delivery. Simply amazing! Zierler's instrumental wizardy on the following track gives us a few minutes to catch our breath before "Crying" kicks in. It's another personal favourite. Lande has NEVER sung like this before. It is unbelievable what he can do with his voice. I am glad Zierler let Lande co-write the songs, cause I don't think he would have sounded so emotional and soulful if he was singing someone else's lyrics. Each word he utters drips with emotion.

The title track is also the longest song on the album. It is very progressive stylistically combining various vocal harmonies, Latin lyrics, odd time signatures, keyboard and guitar solos, interesting tempo changes. Beautiful. The chorus in the end is fantastic! "Perfect Dark" successfully closes the album; by now Lande's singing sounds a lot more calm than it does on the first four songs.

I have no idea if Lande plans to work with Zieler on a follow-up to this wonderful album since he is now fully dedicated to his new band Masterplan. Whatever it is, I really hope he and Zieler do something together in the future, because it seems like they have a great chemistry when they compose together.

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Ilias - VAMPSTER - Webzine - Germany - 5 out of 5 points

Ein intensives Werk, fürwahr! Eine bildgewaltige Flut aus schweren Riffs, orchestralen Keyboards, voluminösen Chören und einem Sänger, der sich die Seele aus dem Leib zu schreien droht: Das ist 'The Devil's Hall Of Fame', das Debüt der Skandinavischier BEYOND TWILIGHT. Was Finn Zierler, der ehemalige Kopf des dänischen Geheimtips und mehr oder minder direkten Band-Vorgängers TWILIGHT, auf seinem Selbstfindungstrip durch die afrikanische Sahara und das Atlas-Gebirge an musikalischem Höllentrip erdacht hat, nimmt Dichtegrade an, die fast schon bedrohlich anmuten. Man sieht ihn förmlich vor sich, den introvertierten Musiker, wie er in der rauhen Natur umherwandert, nur mit Bleistift und Papier bewaffnet in der Einsamkeit der Wüste sitzt oder in dem ungewissen Dunkel felsiger Höhlen tastend seinen Weg sucht. Seine äußeren wie inneren Erfahrungen wurden zu Musik, und in Anbetracht ihres Hintergrundes überrascht es kaum, daß auch diese wie eine geheimnisvolle, schwer faßbare Naturgewalt über den Hörer hereinbricht. Nein, falsch! Nicht hereinbricht. Sie bemächtigt sich seiner langsam und zäh, aber unaufhaltsam strömend, entführt ihn in eine dunkle, fast schon kafkaesk anmutende Parallelwelt (wenn auch mit gänzlich anderer Metaphorik), die ebenso innere Landschaft ist wie sie als dichte und fast schon verstörende Fiktion durchgehen kann.

Wie das klingt? Nun, im Kern wie epischer, voluminöser, oft düsterer Hard Rock, der einem Ronnie James Dio inklusive BLACK SABBATH Mk. II zur Zierde gereichen würde (von einem gewissen Jorn Lande, zuletzt in Diensten ARKs und MILLENIUMs aber nicht einen Deut minder brillant vorgetragen wird), erweitert um die strukturelle und technische Verspieltheit progressiver Stilausrichtungen und jederzeit getragen von einprägsamen, gleichsam großen wie melodischen Gesangs-Gesten. Die Inszenierung ist dabei derart lückenlos geraten, daß nur wenige Verschnaufpausen bleiben, um zwischen all den überbordenden Arrangements einen Moment Atmen zu schöpfen. Egal. Ist auch nicht nötig. Einmal im Bann dieses Albums, läßt man sich nur allzu gerne in den brodelnden Konzeptstrudel ziehen, den Zierler und seine Begleiter auf den Hörer loslassen. Allein die gewaltigen Vocals Landes sind Anlaß genug, 45 Minuten lang in andächtigem Staunen zu verharren und sich mehr und mehr in die dunklen, zerklüfteten, kathedralenartigen Landschaften fallen zu lassen, die sich vor dem inneren Auge auftauen. Phantastisch! Im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes...

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Jens Surlykke Nielsen - DANISH METAL - Webzine - Denmark - 6 out of 6 points

Beyond Twillight er nok ret ukendt for de fleste på den danske metalscene, deriblandt mig, men det får forhåbentlig snart ende. Med den danske frontmand Finn i spidsen akkompagneret af dygtige svenske musikere, tager Beyond Twillight fat og viser hvordan et danskskrevet mesterværk skal lyde.

Stilen er nærmest noget i retningen af symfonisk heavy-rock, som ikke er hørt magen til nogensinde. Med sanger Jörn Lande (ex. Yngwie Malmsten) i spidsen, bliver man som lytter kastet gennem lange, såvel som korte numre, hvor intet på noget tidspunkt virker malplaceret, alt er nærmest naturligt forekommende.

De fleste melodier og symfonier bliver varetaget af bagmanden Finn på keyboard og dette gjort godt, da man har forstået at bruge det fuldt ud. Al musik på pladen foregår i halvlangsomt tempo, som dog ikke ødelægger noget, da musikken er så velskrevet. Meget af tiden bliver der sunget på numrene og dette virker som et klogt træk, da Jörn Lande er intet mindre end fænomenal. Han løfter skiven en tand højere, med en præstation der næsten overgår min vildeste fantasi.

Så er man til velkomponeret, stemningsfyldt og melodiøs heavy, som giver gåsehud, så er der ikke andet for end at købe denne skive, for der findes INGEN undskyldning!

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Mac Duff - WALLS OF FIRE - Webzine - Germany - July 2001 - 5 out of 5 points

Mit Hilfe eines Computers hackt sich ein Mann in sein eigenes Gehirn ein. Er findet heraus, dass einige Dateien fehlerhaft sind oder gar fehlen. Er macht sich auf die Suche nach seinen Erinnerungen, und reist dabei durch seine eigene Geschichte: Aber er erfährt nicht nur seine Erinnerungen, wie Liebe, Angst, Leidenschaft wieder, sondern sieht auch seinen eigenen Tod und nimmt an seiner Beerdigung teil. Auf seiner Reise verliebt er sich immer wieder in dieselbe Frau.... Dies ist ein grober Umriss des Konzeptes, auf dem „The devil’s hall of fame“ aufgebaut ist. BEYOND TWILIGHT ist eine weitere Band des schwedischen Masterminds Finn Zierler, der etwas andere Mucke als bei TWILIGHT machen wollte. Für das Songwriting verschlug es ihn in die wüsten Landschaften des Atlasgebirges, wo er, bewaffnet mit Stift und Papier, Inspiration suchte. Eine etwas außergewöhnliche Entstehungsgeschichte, doch der Aufwand hat sich gelohnt: „The devil hall of fame“ dürfte Anhänger aus Progressive und Power Metal begeistern. Man nehme einfach die Kompositionen von DREAM THEATER , mische noch etwas Bombast und Chöre à la SAVATAGE oder BLIND GUARDIAN unter, und würze das ganze mit einem ordentlichen Schuss Originalität: voilà: heraus kommt dieses Werk! Die vertrackten Songstrukturen und die an den Tag gelegte Virtuosität der Musiker deuten klar in die Richtung Progressive, doch etwas ist anders: Die Tracks sind erheblich düsterer als alles, was die schon erwähnten Prog - Götter auf Platte gepresst haben. Auf der anderen Seite kann man trotz der epischen Darstellung des Konzeptes nicht behaupten, dass man es hier mit Power Metal zu tun hat. Und so schafft sich das Debüt von BEYOND TWILIGHT eine eigene Nische jenseits von den Schubladen der Musikbranche. Davon, dass man es hier mit einem Debüt zu tun hat, merkt man allerdings wenig. Von Tommy Hansen (u.a. Helloween, Pretty Maids)in drei Studios produziert, wurden teilweise 150 Spuren verwendet! Zum Vergleich: Blind Guardians „Nightfall..“ schaffte es auf 120... Diesen Aufwand bemerkt man vor allem beim Titeltrack, der komplexe Chorarrangements auffährt, um eine düstere, ja fast schon beklemmende Atmosphäre zu schaffen. Laut Infotext wurde dieser Song von Finn Zierler geschrieben, als er alleine in einer Wüstenhöhle saß, ohne zu wissen, ob nicht gleich ein Abgrund ihn in die Tiefe reisst....Hört euch diesen Song an, und diese Story wird sogar glaubwürdig. Die Stimmung der Lieder – die auch öfters mal mittendrin umschlägt - wird sehr gut unterstützt von Jörn Lande, der auch schon ARK und YNGWIE MALMSTEEN seine variable Stimme lieh. Auch die restlichen, meist unbekannten Musiker zeigen, dass von ihnen noch einiges zu hören sein wird. Und so ist der Weisheit letzter Schluss: Mit diesem Werk setzen BEYOND TWILIGHT nicht nur Maßstäbe im Progressive - Metal - Bereich, sondern legen die Meßlatte ganz hoch für kommende Veröffentlichungen. Deshalb beide Daumen hoch – Höchstnote!

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Stefan Lejón - URKRAFT WEBZINE - Webzine - Sweden - July 2001 - 10 out of 10 points

United we stand! Denmark, Norway and Sweden parted ways hundreds of years ago and their union dissolved. Under the banner of Beyond Twilight we now witness a new Scandinavian union, joining forces to form a new powerful alliance. Their aim is set at maximum - WORLD DOMINATION! With their brand new album "The Devils Hall of Fame" up their sleeves they've set out on a mission that can't possibly fail. Bringing the world outstanding progressive metal music. Sounds like something out of a press-release, right!? Sadly I don't own a record company, so I don't get the privilege of bringing this to the crowds. That's honour is Massacre records'. The album sets the standard at "masterpiece" from the very first song, "Hellfire", which instantly displays all characteristics of the band. Dark and heavy guitars, beautiful yet grim melodies (from both the guitars and keyboards) plus a vocalist who's nothing short of magnificent. The man is a GOD (or semi-god at least) with a vocal range that covers all aspects of melody and agression. All this vowen into a mass of progressive metal. The albums keeps that standard all the way through, with one massive metal-hit after another. My personal favourite is "Shadowland", a slow and melancholic masterpiece which gives me the shivers. It's almost too good - if there is such a thing :) At times it keeps you from listening to the rest of the album, or any other album for that matter. Also the album is conceptual lyrically and revolve around an interesting story taking place in the brain of a computer genius. He has managed to hack his way into his own brain and the story tells us what he is exposed to on his journey through time and space. He faces the illusions of life, the corruption of the world surrounding him. He faces and questions the existence of religion as a philosophy. All in all a cool story which really gets you hooked. Being a huge fan of lyrics, a storyline like this is very much appreciated in a time where most lyricists seem to care mostly about writing "poetic" rubbish without a hint of context. If you enjoy the likes of Dream Theater, Symphony X, Rush etc. you will love Beyond Twilight. Crank up the volume!

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Eugen Legat - EMP - Webzine - Germany - July 2001 - 5 out of 5 points

Die eigenwillige Interpretation von progressiven Ansätzen und Doom Metal hat besonders in Schweden mit Veni Domine, Memento Mori oder Abstrakt Algebra eine Geschichte vorzuweisen. Nach der Wiederveröffentlichung ihrer bisherigen Alben, in der ersten Hälfte der '90er Jahre noch unter dem Namen Twillight eingespielt, folgt nun ein wesentlich überzeugenderes neues, als Gesamtkonzept angelegtes Opus von Beyond Twilight. Mit Jorn Lande (Ark, Millenium) haben die Dänen einen Sänger von Weltklasse verpflichten können, nachdem er bereits bei Nikkolo Kotzev's "Nostradamus" die Rolle des fiesen Inquisitors bekleidete, kann er sich auch bei Beyond Twilight von einer aggressiveren, schmerzerfüllteren Seite als Shouter präsentieren, denn bisher gewohnt. Statt sich erneut bei Savatage zu bedienen, hat man sich anscheinend bei "The devils walz" vom selben Werk, wie Arcturus auf "La masquerade ..." bei einem Stück beeinflussen lassen. Neben allerlei futuristischen Keyboardsequenzen überwiegt der Doom Anteil die Prog Sequenzen leicht. Mit dem Übersong "Shadowland" hat man sich für die Ewigkeit empfohlen.

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Julien - NIGHTFALL - webzine - France - 5 out of 5 points

Décidément, il est partout ce Jorn Lande ! Après le Metal symphonique de MUNDANUS IMPERIUM et le progressif de ARK, et deux ans avant MASTERPLAN, le prodigieux chanteur norvégien prêtait sa voix au claviériste Finn Zierler, génial compositeur de BEYOND TWILIGHT. Tuons d'entrée le suspens, ce disque est une petite merveille, et Jorn Lande l'embellit magistralement de sa voix puissante et sans limites. Bon, c'est bien d'être laconique, mais voyons plus largement de quoi il retourne ici. Le moins qu'on puisse dire pour planter le décor, c'est que Finn Zierler n'est pas homme à vanter la beauté d'un joli champ de fleur tout baigné de soleil, c'est une évidence! BEYOND TWILIGHT, "au delà du crépuscule", on a dit ! Et qu'est-ce qu'on trouve là, hein ? Eh oui, la nuit... une nuit lourde et chargée de danger, tremblante de mille périls. A l'image de l'histoire qui nous est contée ici sur ce concept album de science fiction, et qui traite d'un homme se rendant compte qu'il possède une puce électronique dans le cerveau, ce qui lui permet d'entrer directement dans un ordinateur grâce auquel il peut voyager dans le temps... et chaque époque visitée le verra tomber amoureux de la même femme. Il sera également confronté à la vision de sa propre mort, ce qui l'amènera à se questionner sur sa propre existence et à la place des machines dans un monde dont il ne parvient plus à départager l'illusion et la réalité. Un thème intéressant donc, pour une histoire qui trouvera une conclusion sur le morceau "Perfect Dark". Ce concept étant, on se doutait bien que nous n'aurions pas droit à du Hard Rock souriant et dégueulant de ballades ! Loin de là ! En effet, BEYOND TWILIGHT nous délivre un Metal Progressif original, aux climats très sombres voire carrément angoissants, autant de sentiments jaillissant au détour d'une histoire plongeant son protagoniste dans un doute mâtiné de folie. Enchâssées dans cette tourmente dramatique, aux élans extraordinairement prenants, les mélodies semblent de véritables perles qui nous accrochent le coeur et nous entraînent à leur suite dans cet univers de composants électroniques où les sentiments affectifs parviennent à se creuser un abris. Du terrible et oppressant "Hellfire" qui tourne les premières pages de cette histoire aux deux instrumentaux gorgés d'émotions ténébreuses, du long morceau titre à ce "Perfect Dark" hanté de rires inquiétants et de choeurs inhumains, de l'effrayante "Godless And Wicked" et sa ligne de synthé qui fait choir une pluie glaciale, à la merveilleuse simili-ballade "Crying", sans oublier l'irrésistible "Shadowland", son refrain lumineux et son break atmosphérique orchestral, rien, absolument rien n'est superflu sur ce disque frissonnant et tendu... Ces guitares parcimonieuses mais tellement justes, cette section rythmique qui insuffle à l'ensemble tout le dynamisme et l'intelligence technique adéquate, ces synthétiseurs d'une richesse rare, sombres et diversifiés, originaux et d'une qualité exceptionnelle... et ce chant, ces prouesses (quelqu'un en doutait?) de Jorn... Colérique, passionné, déchirant d'émotion à fleur de peau, le chanteur imprègne "The Devil's Hall Of Fame" de sa grâce divine, et parachève une oeuvre totalement aboutie. Un chef d'oeuvre de plus pour le norvégien... et une découverte fantastique que ce véritable opéra horrifique et d'une profondeur qui laisse pantois. Espérons que BEYOND TWILIGHT n'en restera pas là, car ils sont rares les groupes de Metal à se faire les hérauts d'une musique aussi Dark qu'émouvante. Un disque passionnant à ne surtout pas manquer, l'originalité conjuguée à la qualité sont tellement rares...

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Stefan Kramlowsky - OPERATION CONFUSION - Webzine - Germany - July 2001 - Note: 1 (highest note)

Jedes Jahr gibt es ein Album, was einen völlig überrascht, da man überhaupt nicht damit gerechnet hat. Und genau das ist bei "The Devil´s Hall Of Fame" der Fall. Geschickt hat man seitens der Promotion vorab eine CD mit Ausschnitten aus den Songs sowie einem Interview mit Bandleader Finn Zierler (key) verschickt, mit der Absicht, die Leute schon einmal heiss auf das zu machen, was uns in diesem verregneten Sommer noch erwarten sollte. Und es hat funktioniert! Konnte es kaum erwarten, bis der komplette Silberling meinen Briefkasten erreichte, doch nun ist er da. Und ich habe meinen Newcomer des Jahres 2001!!! BEYOND TWILIGHT bestechen mit Songs unglaublicher Tiefe und fantastischen Arrangements; einer Mischung aus epischen Elementen, progressiven Einflüssen und einer gehörigen Portion Power Metal. Dabei unterscheiden sich die Tracks sowohl untereinander als auch innerhalb, so dass mir gar nichts anderes übrig bleibt, als hier Track by Track vorzugehen. Der Opener des Konzeptalbums, 'Hellfire', ist schleppend, atmosphärisch und schlichtweg heavy und bietet zudem einen bereits bei einmaligem Hören eingeprägten Refrain. Nomen est Omen beim folgenden 'Godless And Wicked'! Ein böser Song voll progressiver Elemente, mit einem Meer aus Keyboardsounds, bei denen sich Finn nicht im geringsten vor Kevin Moore (ex-DREAM THEATER) zu verstecken braucht. 'Shadowland' hat zwei Gesichter: Fette Strophen mit aggressivem Gesang und einen herzerweichenden, traurig balladesken Refrain. Während des gesamten Longplayers gewinnt man den Eindruck, dass selbst die Musik und nicht nur der Gesang, die Gefühle der Story vermittelt. So auch beim instrumentalen vierten Track 'The Devil´s Waltz'. 'Crying' ist wieder ein wenig langsamer und ruhiger, startet dann aber richtig fett und groovend durch. Der anschließende Titelsong ist wieder von der bösen Machart. Die Textzeile "...there is no way back..." vermittelt einem zum richtigen Zeitpunkt das richtige Gefühl. Einfach stark. 'Closing The Circle' ist ein weiteres Instrumentalstück und sehr tragisch. War 'The Devil´s Waltz' noch sehr von Gitarren bestimmt, malen hier ausschließlich elektronische Klänge die Atmosphäre. Das abschließende 'Perfect Dark' bedient sich noch einmal bei allen auf dem Album vertretenen Einflüssen. Der Däne Finn Zierler hat sich seine Band aus dem restlichen Skandinavien zusammengesucht. Die Rhythmussektion wird von Anders Lindgren (bs) und Tomas Freden (dr) gebildet, die Axt schwingt Anders Ericson und für die Vocals konnte er Jörn Lande gewinnen. Trotz der ausgefeilten Musik ist es seine Stimme, die den Songs und dem gesamten Longplayer den Charakter verleiht. Abgerundet durch ein interessantes Artwork, dürfte diese Platte nicht lange in den Plattenläden stehen. Fans von DREAM THEATER über PRETTY MAIDS bis SAVATAGE dürften leicht Zugang zu "The Devil´s Hall Of Fame" finden und dieses Album bald ihr Eigen nennen dürfen!

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Kenn Jensen - POWER & PROG PAGES - Webzine - Denmark - July 2001 - 98 out of 100 points

"Welcome to your own brain" - that's how the story begins... a computer genius logs into his own brain. From the word go we have an intense, dark, progressive, heavy and symphonic piece of metal. This collaboration of Scandinavian musicians have made the best concept album in some time.... The brain behind it all Finn Zierler has managed to bring together some very talented musicians and make a brilliant album as a joint force. And a force to be reckoned with, if they get out on the road and get the support they surely deserve. This album simply reeks of sheer talent and brilliance - at times I am lost for words, but I have put my thoughts on paper.... The album is one the most intense album I have ever heard - the comparison with Digital Ruin isn't that far off the mark - this is just MUCH better.... Off course the great production does much to make this album intense - the keyboards on this masterpiece is so well produced, that it's almost frightening. Anders Lindgren on bass is also very present in the production and so is Thomas Fréden on the drums - Tommy Hansen has given Beyond Twilight a very clear and transparent sound and has done his best job ever. OK that was the basics, on top of that you have to add Finn's keyboards, which at times are influenced by soundtrack sounds - he is the one setting the mood on each track. Next you'll add the young and very talented guitar player Anders Ericson, who delivers crunchy licks, when needed, and melodic licks when they are needed, and above that he does some very interesting soli, that suits the music perfectly. But to make an album perfect you need an extraordinary vocalist and on this album Jorn Lande delivers the goods almost to perfection! What he does on this album is absolutely awesome, all the way up there with vocal Gods like Dio, Geoff Tate and Zak Stevens! No question about what brings this album over the top: Jorn contribution. But what about the songs you might ask...? Being a concept lyrically you can judge the album as a whole - and I haven't been able to find one weak spot at all. The 8 tracks are mostly long epics, but there have also been room for 2 instrumental tracks. The first "The Devil's Waltz" being an eerie and weird keyboards/guitar piece, the second "Closing The Circle" a classical interlude. The rest is 6 over the top metal pieces, each very strong. If I had to pick my favorite track off the album, then I would pick: "Crying" a beautiful power metal tune with a great chorus, great leads and very melodic. This album has grown on me and keeps getting better and better, and I have no doubt that it will end in my Top 3 of 2001. So my recommendation to all: Don't miss out on this great album! If you are planning only to buy 3 albums this Year, then make sure this one is on your list!

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Costa Miccas - MONSTERS WORLD OF METAL - Webzine - Canada - July 2001 - 9½ out of 10 points

At some point and time in our lives we humans have asked ourselves questions that are the very fibers of one's existence, humanity as a whole. Reflection time that is needed to unravel and contemplate these questions are not always easily feasible. That explains Finn Zierler's detachment from regular society as he settled for a more serene surrounding. Hence 4 years later, the new millennium bares witness to the evolution of Beyond Twilight; a new line-up resulting in a music style encompassing an array of metal genres and atmospheres. The menu offers the likes of Symphony X, Abstrakt Algebra, Tad Morose ("Undead"), Zero Hour, and Helloween ("The Dark Ride") with philosophical and religious contemplations resulting in a concept story our society can relate to in one way or another. The story sets in the future where the main character hacks into his brain in search of these answers. His journey throughout history and time enables him to see the world in all it's shapes and forms, good and evil, dark and twisted. A world unlike one he was expecting to find; a world not everyone is ready to face. Zorg journeys through boundaries of love, war, freedom, spirituality, greed and fate of multi-dimensional magnitudes. Ladies and gentle men, I present to you Zorg's reality and fiction. Prepare for his hell and heaven. Enter in Zorg's subconscious nightmare? welcome? to "THE DEVIL's HALL OF FAME". HELLFIRE: Our story begins with heavy guitars driving on the evil and darkish-grim atmospheres as ZORG begins his journey into the dark corners of the world. A trip through the multi-dimensions of the subconscious mind- 'the world', it's beauty and all the ugliness it is accompanied by. Zorg discovers some files in his brain are corrupt and missing. He is in for one hell of a ride the moment he finds out everything around him is an illusion? or is it? Interestingly enough, the eerie guitar/keyboard scales are an indicator of where the cd is going to be like. His world is dark, heavy, grim and awkwardly melodic- for the time being. GODLESS AND WICKED: As you read the lyrics the pieces will begin to fall in place, gradually and realize how th facts start connecting to one another in a twisted fashion. The music definitions show how weird and horror like patterns progress throughout. Godless And Wicked at this point questions issues such as: Are humans programmed or are they machines and therefore can not make any decisions on their own? Can they do so without influence or with something or someone to believe in? Like in every song, translations and interpretations will vary but nonetheless Zorg has entered a universe unlike one he believed existed. Welcome to a world of darkness, hatred, war and de-sensitized human races. SHADOWLAND: A slow and mid-paced flow maintaining a black intense atmosphere but also one exhibiting a melodic chorus with a suffocating "pulling you under" melancholia. A straightforward rhythm possibly defined best by Jorn Landes' vocals. Jorn has gone from sounding like Satan to a serene angel descending from up above. This becomes the un-official meeting between Zorg and Satan. THE DEVIL's WALTZ: This instrumental, appropriately titled if I may add, takes ghostly moments to another level. The King Diamond morgue sounding keyboards and background samples make this Satan's official twisted and psychotic anthem. The journey has taken a warped turn once again and Satan has introduced himself. CRYING: A progressive melodic tune where Zorg gets very involved as he re-lives a love relationship over and over again. The musical structures deceive the ear here when at first the initial impression has the music coming across on soft notes when in reality we eventually fall on complex rhythm structures that are quite deceiving. Zorg now is on his way of giving us a message. Although Zorg has lost and loved during his historical journey but his falling in love on a continuous cycle is his way of showing how the world has placed an enormous importance on the need to fall in love. Further more he notes when indeed someone has fallen in love and lost, the possibility for someone to successfully move on in life highly depends on how much of an emphasis people have put on love and its existence in a whole. THE DEVIL's HALL OF FAME: The title track here, although other songs can easily assume the same role, depicts all of Beyond Twilight's musical horizons and distinctiveness. It probably contains the most diverse and resolute sections in comparison to the other tracks. A large composition in it's essence that spans from classical arrangements, rock acoustics and a combination of vocal choir segments (including Latin verses) filling the ever so evil Jorn Lande. In all honesty I can't ever remember Jorn sounding so scary and diverse. This man has impressed me with the attitude and comfort. His inspirations originate from the likes of Rock, Jazz, thrash metal to melodic progressive metal. Little hints are also given to and connect the dots. On this track Zorg who is an omni-potent individual not realizing of the powers he possesses, experiences another life experience, death or after life to be more precise, placed in a hell so intense and one he is familiar with. A hell that he was drawn to soon realizes to do but only accept it as fate. CLOSING THE CIRCLE: An emotional instrumental where Zorg meets up again with the love of his life. The music's flow helps guide the listener to a better understanding of the situation. It also includes a short dialogue. The imagery within once again gives rise to another question. Zorg (Finn) points out how pertinent it is for humans to believe in something in order for them to progress and prosper in his or her life. PERFECT DARK: Perfect Dark is also in the running for what best describes what Beyond Twilight is all about and what they have tried to offer. It also sums up The Devil's Hall Of Fame in a way you won't expect. There is an importance nevertheless to the song regardless how big or small. It is also hugely orchestrated as the story unfolds and takes a trip back to the first song, ending up with the same lyrical verse from the opening track. Previous efforts by Beyond Twilight, under the name of Twilight, were quite good in their own right. Despite the fondness I developed for "Eye For An Eye" and "The Edge" they did not fully succeed in gaining the kind of appreciation that their latest effort has. For hardcore fans the four years plus of anticipation have been well worth the wait. Despite Finn Zierler's isolation from society and a careful period of reflection on his part for various personal and group related reasons seems to have proven fruitful. With only Thomas Freden as the remaining Twilight member and the collaboration of the fantastic vocal talents of Jorn Lande, who adds refreshing and tasteful side to the band, Beyond Twilight combine their talents to bring forth an exemplary album. They have achieved a higher level with their skills and chemistry not previously captured. An album containing a thoughtfully provoking concept filled with twists and turns. Emotions of anger, sadness and evil are carefully selected, structured and inserted precisely describing and exploring a world of fiction and reality most humans do not want to explore. The story line and music textures bring forth all the questions regarding emotions and ideas of humanity to the test. The Devil's Hall Of Fame from Beyond Twilight is a crafty album that covers an impressive degree of musicianship highly recommended for everyone out there who want to discover a world of music atypical of today's music industry. It is complex, idealistically detailed with moods and orchestrations that are gloomy, gothic and operatic. This is an album of great heights covering a wide array of musical boundaries that should be and will be talked about for the remainder of the year? and then some. The Devil's Hall Of Fame intensifies the metal realm, targeting those metal listeners constantly on the lookout for infinite stimulation to a proportionate number of areas.

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Gerd Jan Vleugels - AARDSHOCK - Magazine - The Netherlands - July 2001 - 95 out of 100 points

Hij is zonder enige twijfel één van de beste vocalisten van Europa, die dekselse Jörn Lande van The Snakes, Vagabond en Millenium. Een paar maanden geleden stal hij nog de show op het nieuwe ARK-album, maar wat de meesterzanger op Beyond Twilight’s conceptalbum ‘The Devil’s Hall Of Fame’ laat horen, gaat elk voorstellingsvermogen te boven. De Scandinaviër is technisch verbluffend, heeft een prachtig en afwisselend stemgeluid en legt ongelooflijk veel gevoel in zijn zangwerk. Collega Liselotte Hegt omschreef hem onlangs terecht als een kruising tussen Dio, Coverdale, Martin en Plant. Wellicht wordt het muzikale brein achter Beyond Twilight (toetsenist Finn Zierler) tekort gedaan door deze lofzang, want ? eerlijk is eerlijk ? zonder zijn uitstekende songschrijversschap had Lande nooit zo kunnen excelleren. De van Twilight bekende muzikant schreef het fantastische album tijdens zijn verblijf in de Sahara en het Atlas-gebergte zonder gebruik te maken van instrumenten (!). Liefhebbers van donkere, meeslepende, epische en sferische hardrock/metal, met symfonische en progressieve elementen, schaffen hiermee waarschijnlijk het beste album van het jaar aan. Uitstekend geproduceerd door de van Helloween en Pretty Maids bekende Tommy Hansen dendert de schijf vanaf de openingstrack „Hellfire” als een stoomwals over de luisteraar heen. De songs zijn mid-tempo, rijkelijk gearrangeerd, maar voldoende transparant. Het is het slepende en sleurende karakter, de aanstekelijkheid en, ja, de onwaarschijnlijke zangpartijen van Lande die dit één van de beste albums in zijn soort maken. Luiser eens naar het machtige en dreigende „Shadowland”, het melodieuze „Crying”, het monument „Perfect Dark” en het kunststuk „The Devil’s Hall Of Fame” ? het „Heaven And Hell” van nu - waarop Jörg alle vocale registers opentrekt. Beeld je een mix van Sabbath, Dio, Rainbow, Savatage, Ayreon en Dream Theater in en ren op gierende gympen naar je platenboer!

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Ralf - METAL OBSERVER - Webzine - Germany - July 2001 - 9½ out of 10 points

Wow, what an album. Who'd like to hear finest epic-stuff in tradition of "Headless Cross" or "Tyr" (both BLACK SABBATH) and one of the most gigantic vocalists of the scene at the top of his career, this one is yours. His name: Jörn Lande, a devil of a fellow, who sings with ARK, THE SNAKES, MUNDANUS IMPERIUM and MILLENIUM. But with BEYOND TWILIGHT he delivers his masterpiece and is somewhere between Dio and Tony Martin, but not a iota weaker! The songs all are rather doomy and extremely bombastic. The direction I had mentioned in the beginning is OK, just darker! This album is oozing with emotionality and pure passion, it is mystic and dramatic. With one word: killer! I could go on for pages, but that won't make it any better. Who doesn't get this one, I cannot help you. Together with JAG PANZER the album of the year so far!

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ON THE ROCKS - Webzine - Germany - July 2001 - 94 out of 100 point

After hearing Jorn Lande (MILLENIUM/ARK) singing the part of the inquisitor on Nikolo Kotzev’s “Nostradamus” I thought it would be his best vocal performance ever. But only a few weeks later I have to retract that thought as his singing on BEYOND TWILIGHT’s concept album “The Devil’s Hall Of Fame” is even better and seems to come beyond this realm. The range of his expressive voice demonstrated on this album is simply unbelievable and there’s no doubt about it that he is the ultimate successor to Hard Rock heroes like David Coverdale and Ronnie James Dio. Nevertheless, I have to explain that BEYOND TWILIGHT is first of all the brainchild of keyboarder Finn Zierler (TWILIGHT) who has written a rousing Prog/Power Metal album that sounds like a fantastic mixture of AYREON, SAVATAGE, DREAM THEATER and KING DIAMOND. The story is based on a computer freak who finds a way to hack into his own brain and throughout the story he slowly hacks deeper and deeper making discoveries along the way. The album opens with a short conversation between the computer and the main character of the story, and it really puts you in the right frame of mind for what follows (pardon the pun). “Hellfire” is a slow paced but extremely powerful track that thrives on a varied guitar playing style, and some very cleverly arranged keyboards ala AYREON which reinforce the weird atmosphere of the story. And when Jorn Lande intonates the mighty chorus and sings “I will break out from this madness, there is nothing here but sadness, I am dancing in the hellfire…” then it seems like you can really feel the flames of purgatory blazing under your feet! “Godless And Wicked” is moving in a very similar direction, though the song is a little faster than it’s predecessor, and even darker and heavier! In the middle part it features a short instrumental intermezzo of some interesting keyboard tunes that will please all Prog Metal fans. “Shadowland” is not as heavy as the first two numbers but nevertheless another very atmospheric track that surprises with a rather melodic melody at the chorus which could have been taken from a MILLENIUM album. “The Devil’s Waltz” is a short instrumental featuring some really eerie guitars in the style of an old music box . It tends to remind me a little of KING DIAMOND. Often an instrumental track is bad for the flow of a concept album, but here that is not the case. Even though this song has no lyrics, it definitely keeps weaving the story. “Crying” starts as a balladesque and dreamy song on which Jorn Lande’s vocals once more sound very similar to David Coverdale in his best days. After nearly four minutes the song suddenly explodes into a brilliant, instrumental, a Melodic Metal firework that is based on a sharp guitar riff and some futuristic and Trance-like keyboard sounds. At the end, the song returns to its balladesque starting point and when you listen attentively you can hear Jorn Lande suddenly singing a melody line very similar to WHITESNAKE’s “Judgement Day”. The following title track is a creepy and sluggish Metal monster like a mix of classic BLACK SABBATH and DREAM THEATER at the times of “Awake” enriched with the bombastic power of today’s SAVATAGE. “Closing The Circle” is another short instrumental track with some lovely piano tunes and the perfect breather before the final “Perfect Dark”. The title pretty much reflects the song’s atmosphere. It features some fantastically arranged, angelic female background vocals as well as some bombastic male chords. And there is no need to say it but I will; Jorn Lande’s expressive vocals on this song are once again mindblowing. “The Devil’s Hall Of Fame” is a fantastic album no Prog- or Power Metal fan should miss!

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Riccardo Manazza - METALLUS - webzine - Italy - 9 out of 10 points

Su una cosa non ci sono dubbi: il 2001 è stato l’anno di Jorn Lande. Il cantante norvegese, fino a poco tempo fa poco più di un’illustre sconosciuto, ha segnato indelebilmente l’annata metallica sfornando una serie di prestazioni d’antologia che lo proiettano direttamente nel paradiso dei singer in grado di fare la differenza. I dischi di Millenium, Ark e Nostradamus sono lì a dimostrato quali siano le doti del biondo vocalist, ma con questo lavoro Lande polverizza la concorrenza esibendo una teatralità fuori da ogni norma che eleva ulteriormente il valore di un’opera comunque tra le più riuscite del momento. Si, perché ‘The Devil’s Hall Of Fame’ è un disco inusuale, intriso dell’umore cupo del dark e carico della maestosità del doom, ma inequivocabilmente metallico nella metodologia espositiva. I ritmi sono spessi lenti ed hanno l’inconveniente di lasciare il tempo di pensare alle conseguenze delle proprie azioni, di rendersi conto di come abbiamo lasciato che la vita ci sfuggisse da sotto le scarpe senza opporre alcuna resistenza. Da questo non può che nascere un miscuglio di dolore, rabbia e desiderio di rivalsa su una quotidianità che lascia l’amaro in bocca a chi si aspetta qualcosa di più che un videogioco, una birra e una fata turchina. Lo spiraglio di luce s’intravede, ma è lontano, dietro di noi e l’unico sentimento possibile resta la malinconia. Raramente mi è capitato di imbattermi in un lavoro così ipnotico e introspettivo, in grado di comunicare emozioni basilari come la paura e la tristezza con un linguaggio che non è quello rinunciatario di un certo rock alternativo o quello pervaso dall’ossessione estetica del dark, ma con la concretezza di chi conosce a fondo i significati reali della parola Heavy-metal. In definitiva i Beyond Twilight si pongono come un’alternativa irrinunciabile ai troppo ortodossi gruppi power-speed provenienti dal nord-centro Europa, spesso dotati di un’immediatezza forzata ed eccessivamente concentrati nella ricerca del ritornello memorizzabile. Qui il rischio del deja-vu è inesistente, ma il prezzo da pagare c’è ed è la necessità di non fermarsi alla superficie con conseguente utilizzo di materia cerebrale e sensibilità emotiva. Secondo noi il gioco vale la candela, poi al pianeta Terra ognuno può dare la forma che preferisce.

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Bruder Cle - ROCK HARD - Magazine - Germany - July 2001 - 9 out of 10 points

In die Sahara und die Höhlen des Atlasgebirges hat sich der Schwede Finn Zierler zurückgezogen, um ein Konzeptalbum über eine Persönlichkeits- und Wahrheitsfindung im vierdimensionalen Umfeld zu schreiben. Kann gut sein, dass der Junge doch etwas zuviel Wüstensonne abgekriegt hat. Aber egal: Schon bei den ersten Klängen des Openers ´Hellfire´ wird klar, dass man es hier mit absoluten Ausnahmekönnern zu tun hat. Die acht progressiven, epischen aber trotzdem leicht verdaulichen Hardrocker mit jeder Menge Gefühl wissen ehrlich zu begeistern. Allen voran sind - neben den originellen Keyboardparts des Masterminds - die gigantische Gesangsleistung von Jorn Lande und die eindrucksvolle, filigrane Gitarrenarbeit von Anders Ericson hervorzuheben. Melodische Kompositionen mit Hitcharakter wie ´Shadowland´ oder ´Crying´ wecken Erinnerungen an Bombastgötter wie Journey, Magnum oder Marillion, ohne dass es sich auch nur eine Sekunde schnulzig anhört. BEYOND TWILIGHT haben ein sicheres Händchen für gelungene Melodien und originelle Sounds und liefern mit „The Devil´s Hall Of Fame“ ein absolut trendfreies Album ab, das ich auch so manchem Fan alter Candlemass oder Solitude Aeturnus der Atmosphäre wegen ans Herz legen möchte. Solche Musik würde ich mir mal in den Charts wünschen!

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Bruno Van De Velde - UNDERTOW - Webzine - Belgium - July 2001 - 9 out of 10 points

From Scandinavia emerges again a new fascinating band. “The Devil’s Hall Of Fame” is a concept album in eight chapters. After the intro we travel to the first song. “Hellfire” is a heavy slow dragging track, which really hits you like a steamroller. The music is very intense and stays like that throughout the whole disk. The production is rich and massive resulting in a gigantic hurricane of mind-blowing music. The songs a long epic pieces with two instrumental tracks between them. Sometimes it is really bone chilling to listen to this album. The music is excellent but what makes this album a real masterpiece is vocalist Jorn Lande. We already knew that Jorn is an excellent singer but what he does here is frightening and out of this world. He sounds as the personification of Satan on this album. The combination of the modern sounding keys the plodding dark songs and the crazy vocal performance make this disk a winner. Beyond Twilight delivers here a new standard in dark progressive metal. It will be hard to top this album any time soon.

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DJ - SOUNDBASE - Webzine - Germany - July 2001 - 9 out of 10 points

Hatte ich eigentlich schon einmal erwähnt, daß Jorn Lande (Ex-Uli Jon Roth, Ark,...) so ziemlich die göttlichste Stimme im gesamten Metal Zirkus hat? Den Mann könnt Ihr mit einer roten Pappnase und Walt Disney Unterwäsche auf die Bühne stellen, sobald er die ersten Töne durch seine Röhre fegt, vergeßt Ihr diesen lächerlichen Anblick! So tat Beyond Twilight Mastermind und Keyboarder Finn Zierler gut daran, sich nach dem Umbenennen seiner alten Band ‚Twilight‘ in ‚Beyond Twilight‘ die Dienste des Wunderknaben zu sichern. Ebenso wie bei seinem Hauptarbeitsgeber Ark, geht der Sänger auch hier im Konzept der Platte auf, steigert sich in die Story hinein, röhrt, gurgelt, hechelt, beißt, knurrt (wuff, wuff!) sich durch die Story, daß es Freunden von solch kraftvollem, begnadeten Shouting den Ständer in die Hose treibt. Ich darf die Platte bei meinen engen Hosen gar nicht hören, weil ich mir sonst in regelmäßigen Abständen das Rohr verstauche! ;-) Die Bühne für Landes Auftritt hat Keyboarder Finn gelegt. Irgendwo meine ich gelesen zu haben, daß der gute Mann die gesamten Kompositionen in Eremitendasein in der Sahara geschrieben hat. Das halte ich aber eher für einen Promotiongag. Herausgekommen ist - wie auch immer – wahrlich schwerer epischer Metal, in dessen mystischen, narrativen Keyboardteppichen immer wieder die Gitarre von Nachwuchsgitarrero Anders Ericson aufblitzt und die Rhytmusfraktion bestehend aus Bassist Anders Lindgren und Schlagzeuger Thomas Fréden pulsiert! Auch wenn ich aufgrund des fehlenden Booklet die Geschichte nicht wirklich nachvollziehen kann, da auch auf der CD keine Intermezzi die Storyline erzählen, kann ich aufgrund einer Vorab Interview Promo CD soviel sagen, daß ein Computerfreak sich in sein eigenes Gehirn einhackt und dabei eine Reise durch Raum und Zeit erlebt, wobei viel Esoterik und Philosophie eine Rolle spielen sollen. Mehr hierzu sollte ein Interview klären... Die Songs?! Alle klasse! Das beginnt beim schweren Opener ‚Hellfire‘, bei dem Lande sich die Seele aus dem Leib brüllt, über den für meinen Geschmack eingängigsten Track ‚Shadowland‘, der sich durch den Refrain etwas nach ‚Dream Theater‘ anhört, vorbei an dem witzigen Kirmesinstrumental ‚The Devil´s Waltz‘, hinüber zum an den Ark Song ‚Torn‘ erinnernden ‚Crying‘ bis zum abschließenden, düsteren ‚Perfect Dark‘, das mit an King Diamond erinnernden Keys versehen wurde. Produziert hat das Ganze Tommy Hansen, so daß auch der Sound keine Wünsche offen läßt. Lediglich der eine oder andere etwas flottere Track hätte nicht geschadet. Es kommt nämlich richtig geil, wenn man die Instrumentalfraktion bei ‚Crying‘ für eine Minute mal von der Leine läßt und Lande zeigt, daß er auch schweigend sehr dienlich für die Band sein kann... Freunde von Ark, Dream Theaer, Dio, Savatage ... kommen hier definitiv voll auf ihre Kosten!!!! TIP!

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JESTER'S NEWS - Webzine - Germany - July 2001 - 13 out of 15 points

BEYOND TWILIGHT ist ein neuer skandinavischer Name in der Musikszene – und diesen Namen wird man auch nicht so schnell vergessen, wenn man erst mal das Debütwerk The Devil´s Hall Of Fame gehört hat! Mit seiner Vorgängerband TWILIGHT konnte Mainman und Keyboarder Finn Zierler bereits mit Eye For An Eye auf sich aufmerksam machen, aber der nun vorliegende Konzept-Opus schlägt diese Scheibe mit Sicherheit um Längen. The Devil´s Hall Of Fame kann man wohl am besten als „epischen Progressive Metal“ bezeichnen, dessen Atmosphäre und Ausstrahlung voll unter die Haut gehen. Die Grundstimmung des Albums ist demzufolge episch-dramatisch, wofür vor allem die ungeheuer kraftvolle Stimme von Jörn Lande verantwortlich ist, die sich in das ausdrucksstarke Songwriting perfekt integriert. Tempomäßig bewegt sich das Werk eindeutig in langsameren Bahnen, d.h. von doomigen Teilen bis hin zum Midtempo, aber trotz der Tatsache, dass schnellere Tracks nicht vorhanden sind, wirkt die Scheibe nie langweilig, sondern immer spannend und oftmals sogar richtiggehend monumental. Interessant ist übrigens der Hintergrund zur Entstehung des Albums: geschrieben wurden die Songs zu The Devil´s Hall Of Fame nämlich ohne jegliche Instrumente und isoliert von der Außenwelt in der Sahara im Atlas-Gebirge, wo Mastermind Finn seinen Visionen freien Lauf lassen konnte. Einer der Highlights ist ohne Zweifel Shadowland, das fast schon eine „Monumental-Metal-Oper“ ist, und deren epische Ausstrahlung den Zuhörer einfach gefangen nehmen muss, sofern er dafür empfänglich ist. Vom Begriff „Progressive Metal“ sollte man sich übrigens nicht täuschen lassen - The Devil´s Hall Of Fame beinhaltet zweifellos einige technisch aufwendige Passagen, aber die sind immer songdienlich arrangiert und nerven nie durch vefrickelte Angeberei. Ein kleines bisschen kann man das Album vielleicht mit DIOs letztem Output Magica vergleichen, aber genauso gut kann man vereinzelte Anleihen von SAVATAGEs Dead Winter Dead erkennen. Letztendlich ist The Devil´s Hall Of Fame aber natürlich trotzdem extrem eigenständig geworden, so dass alle annähernden Vergleiche lediglich als grober Anhaltspunkt zu sehen sind, und keinesfalls als direkte Vorlage angesehen werden dürfen. Fazit: wer sich schon immer dem epischen Progressive-Atmospheric Metal zugehörig gefühlt hat, der sollte in BEYOND TWILIGHTs Debütalbum unbedingt einmal reinhören.

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Mage - ROCK REVIEWS - webzine - USA - 8½ out of 10 points

Jörn Lande is one of today's best AOR singers. He has been called the new 'David Coverdale', which doesn't surprise me (afterall Jörn has sung in the Snakes). The Devil's Hall of Fame is quite a dark metal album. Songs are good, so there's nothing to complain about them... but some things could have been done better. For example, the beginning of 'the Devil's Waltz' is quite annoying. At the moment this is the only record Beyond Twilight has done... and I must admit that I did have quite high expectations for it (mainly because of Jörn's presence). But this record proved to be good... not excellent but good dark atmospheric metal album. One of 'The Devil's Hall of Fame's drawbacks is also the short length (a little bit over 45 minutes). But the ending of album is done well. 'Perfect Dark' is quite good ending for this album... So if you like dark atmospheric metal (and Jörn's singing) you should check out Beyond Twilight.

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Boris Kaiser - AMAZON.DE - Webzine & Shop - Germany - July 2001

Die Dänen Beyond Twilight sind mitnichten Newcomer, denn unter dem Namen Twilight krebsen sie schon seit langer Zeit im Metal-Underground herum. Verwunderlich, dass es erst jetzt zu einem Deal gereicht hat, denn der progressive Melodic/Power Metal der Combo sollte durchaus dazu in der Lage sein, größere Fanschichten anzusprechen. Man erinnert hier und da am ehesten an Black Sabbath zur Tony-Martin-Ära, was vor allem auch am ähnlichen Gesang liegt. Zudem bahnt sich das ansruchsvolle, aber stets melodische Songmaterial seinen Weg eher laaangsam durch die Boxen, sodass intensives Zuhören Pflicht ist. Lässt man sich darauf ein, überzeugen Stücke wie "Hellfire", "Godless And Wicked" oder "Perfect Dark" mit einer gekonnten Mischung aus Tradition und Moderne, die man ruhig mal anchecken sollte. The Devil's Hall Of Fame dürfte kaum einen Metaller enttäuschen, auch wenn man hier und da das Tempo zugunsten diverser Uptempo-Parts etwas mehr variieren könnte.

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TOMBSTONE - Webzine - Greece - August 2001 - 7 out of 10 points

Another band about which I have absolutely no info. If I was to guess then I would say they are from Europe, judging from their sound, and that this is their debut or sophomore album. Whatever the case might be these guys are playing power metal, that's quite epic but not in the true metal way. Their sound is quite aggressive and I liked that and their singer is not the typical high pitched screamer but a vocalist with a decent voice, who knows it's limits and is using it in a very clever way. The music is heavier than in most power metal bands and the compositions are not bad at all. They still need some work in order to make them a bit more interesting and in order to polish them a bit more, but they are in the right path. If the production was a bit more clear things would be even better for these guys, but even as it is, it's worthy of trying it. There's talent in this band and the album is better than the average power metal album around nowadays.

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Larry Daglieri - PERPETUAL MOTION BOARD - Internet Forum - USA - July 2001

First word that comes to mind is "intense"..... this could go down as one of the most intense, evil sounding discs ever. Without trying to compare bands -- just to give a quick description to someone who wants to know, try to imagine what would happen if DIO met Jon Oliva in a cemetary and decided to write a disc based on the idea of a human being allowed to connect to his brain through a computer and see / alter his past. With Jorn Lande leading the way -- this is an absolute frightening trip through the mind....and very few people could pull off what Lande has ( the two singers I mention gives you an idea )... The music is dark, plodding, melodic, cold / warm, and "computerized".... it's heavy, crunchy, and has a horde of spine tingling moments and bone chilling passages....... Put this on a list of great concept discs -- if you like your stories dark, intricate, thought provoking, and just plain weirds...this will be essential for you. It not only scares me to think that someone could actually think these ideas up, but that someone can sing the way Jorn Lande does on this disc.... I can't help think that he took some lessons from Mr Satan himself before taking on this venture ( the title is VERY appropriate ) .......incredible performance from Mr. Lande. The keyboards are straight from the depths of computer hell and sound stunning. This is going to catch quite the wave around here - I imagine that people will be buzzing about this for a very long time..... Superb piece of work -- don't miss this one !!!!!!! Mind boggling.

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Steve W - PERPETUAL MOTION BOARD - Internet Forum - USA - July 2001

After all the buzz around here about this disc, I needed to make my own opinion. So, after around 10 spins here are a few thoughts. This is some dark, angry and futuristic progmetal. I can hear what people were talking about when they said it was scary. The atmosphere coming out of this disc is a big notch forward from what Digital Ruin served us on their first two releases. I can't help but think of books like Neuromancer when I hear this music just to give you an idea. With all this being said, it's very melodic and there's an epic feeling throughout the disc. The keys are very modern sounding with interesting research as to how they sound, lots of weird sounds can be heard from beginning to end. They're omnipresent and the variations in their sound keeps happening which helps in the originality department. Guitars are crunchy and some tasty guitar solos feed the atmosphere, one of the highlights. Bass and drums support the ensemble quite well. Jorn Lande delivers an incredible performance here. Sounding evil at times, angry at others or mad and using a soft tone when needed. It's the first time he really uses his voice to such an extent IMO. Quite an amazing performance here. To me, he's almost on par with Erik Rosvold (ZH) in the vox of the year award. So, get ready to be transported into another world when you'll first hear this gem, it may take a couple of spins to get into it but when it'll click, it's just amazing. Highest recommandation.

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Niall Parkinson - PERPETUAL MOTION BOARD - Internet Forum - Ireland - July 2001

.. this is probably Jorn Landes most intense vocal performance EVER. He snarls, roars, screams and tears his way through the tracks on offer. 8 tracks, 2 of which are instrumentals. Vibe is very dark, modern, doomy/Sabbthy in places. Some OTT choirs and symphonic passaages. For vocal performance like a cross between the last Ark and M. Iperium. Epic tracks with tons of eerie keyboards. Mostly mid-paced, chugging guitars. Some beautiful melodies side by side with gut-wrenching melancholia. Closest comparision? Oh shit, I suppose if you take Abstrakt Algebra, Ark, Mundanus Imperium, Sabbath, Tad Morose maybe, Some Savatage and shove them all in a blender you might get something close. It is ESSENTIAL! That is what you really need to know

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