PRESS SECTION - REVIEWS THE EDGE


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John Buis - GOTHCORE - webzine - Holland - 9 out of 10 points

Vreemd om in 2002 een release uit 1992 de beoordelen, welke in 2000 nogmaals is uitgebracht. Werd pasgeleden de eerste cd 'Eye for an eye' van Twilight al besproken in deze rubriek, twee jaar voor deze cd werd al een demo uitgebracht, 'The Edge'. Er mag best gesproken worden over een van de beter bewaarde geheimen in de heavy metal geschiedenis in de afgelopen tien jaar. Het is daarom jammer dat er na enkele releases niet meer is uitgebracht, al heb ik begrepen dat oprichter/ achtergrondzanger/ keyboardspeler Finn Zierler bepaald niet stil heeft gezeten; daarnaast is hij onder een iets andere naam, Beyond Twilight, verder gegaan. De muziek op The Edge is een mengeling van melodieuze powermetal en progressieve metal. Het is muziek om de vingers bij af te likken, zo goed. Zelden heb ik een demo gehoord, die zoveel klasse heeft als deze; de kwaliteit druipt er werkelijk aan alle kanten vanaf. De titel van het eerste nummer Far beyond the edge of sanity mag in dat opzicht gerust letterlijk worden genomen. Hier zijn muzikanten aan het werk die stuk voor stuk talent en klasse in zich hebben. Zanger Anders Endberg is gezegend met een stem die krachtig is en alles aankan. Verder vallen vooral het keyboardspel van Zierler en het heldere gitaarspel van Micke Darth en Janne Johansson in positieve zin op in het gros van de nummers. De nadrukkelijk aanwezige keyboardpartijen bezorgen de nummers de juiste diepgang en sfeer. De gitaren klinken direct, scherp en strak. Het begin van Blacklight roept herinneringen op aan Metallica's "And justice for all", hoewel bij Twilight op een melodieuzer weg wordt verdergegaan. Andere nummers doen denken aan oud werk van Tad Morose en aan jaren tachtig-metal. Twilight heeft echter wel een heel duidelijk eigen geluid. De cd kent eigenlijk alleen maar hoogtepunten, uitmondend in het elf minuten durende meesterwerkje The black manifest, dat filmisch aandoet zonder al te bombastisch te klinken. In ogenschouw nemend dat deze cd in 1992 als zijnde een demo is uitgebracht, staat het in 2002 nog als een huis en dat mag toch wel een hele prestatie worden genoemd. Het wordt tijd dat Beyond Twilight succes gaat oogsten. Twilight is dood, leve Beyond Twilight!

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Gregor Rönnqvist - PROGNET - Webzine - Intl. - 3½ out of 5 points

When Danish keyboard-player Finn Zierler where to form Twilight, he couldn’t find any suitable musicians in Denmark, so he looked for them in Sweden where he finally found them. In 1992 they recorded a demo called ”The Edge” which sold very well. This demo got them a record deal with a major label and this is a re-mastered re-release of it, including one bonus track called ”The Black Manifest”. Twilight’s music is firmly rooted in melodic power/heavy metal with some progressive tendencies and strong musicianship. It’s a mix between Glory, Yngwie Malmsteen, Mayadome, Mind’s Eye and Tad Morose. Anders Engberg is a very talented and powerful vocalist. The highlight is actually the bonus track ”The Black Manifest” which is a true masterpiece. Unfortunately the production is a little bit too unpolished and rough, but overall this is a great album after all.

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Frode Johnsrud - SCREAM MAGAZINE - Magazine - Norway - 5 out of 6 points

I won't claim that this one hasn't been reviewed before. The album is mainly recorded in 1994 and remastered a little in 1999, and I shall therefore do this in short. The album contains six songs and a bonus track. I haven't measured the length of the CD (and I really don't want to do it as long as I have the new Nevermore album in my CD player), but you can consider this as a full length CD. If you like melody-based and grand-riff quality metal, with clean vocals, then go out and buy this one!

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Sven - ROCK REUNION - Webzine - Germany - 8½ out of 10 points

Danish metal progies TWILIGHT start their new album very heavy, letting the two guitars leading the song, adding some keyboards to color up the sound and give the voice plenty room to get the rocks off ... leading straight to a catchy refrain. TWILIGHT are a melodic hardrock/metal band with an tendency to progressive arrangements, consisting not of endless break-sessions but clever ideas to arrange a song. „Blacklight“ begins with a guitar rhythm in style of METALLICA in their „... And Justice For All“- period, only taking a more melodic approach to the refrain. With the instrumental 10-minutes epic (and bonus track) „The Black Manifest“ a superb progressive metal CD finally ends.Co-produced by Tommy Hansen, guess what, the sound also is very good. I do very much like this album. This is a band definetely worth to check out. When do we have the chance to see them live? Have a look at the band's website www.intromental.com/twilight. You can get the CD in Europe through Rising Sun Mailorder.

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Teddy Jonasson - LEVEL 11 - Webzine - Sweden - 6 out of 11 points

This is not new material from this band. It's their first demo recorded before they released their album -Eye for an eye-, plus one bonus track. To give their fans something while waiting for the new album. It's good stuff, and with better production it could have been great. I am really looking forward to their next album...

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Tommy Lejón - URKRAFT - Webzine - Sweden - 7 out of 10 points

Music with roots in melodic power metal and hard rock with some progressive elements. These are words that can be used to describe the danish-swedish collaboration Twilight. Their music have some similarities with bands such as Tad Morose and Yngwie Malmsteen and they have a very strong and solid musicianship. Their debut album Eye For An Eye got some pretty good reviews in the metal press a couple of years back - well deserved I might add. This is an album for their loyal fans who are waiting for their next album release. The Edge consists of their first demo (re-mastered of course) and a magnificent bonus track called The Black Manifest. Even though I wouldn't call myself a huge Twilight fan, I find this to be a very enjoyable appetizer for the next album, but it also stands out very well for itself!

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Christoph Lücker - OBLIVION - Magazine - Germany - 6 out of 10 points

Dies ist nicht die zweite reguläre CD der skandinavischen Combo Twilight, sondern ein mit einem Bonus-Track versehener Re-Release eines in den frühen Neunzigern veröffentlichten Demos. Der Sound ist allerdings wirklich gut und steht diversen amtlichen Produktionen in nichts nach. Das Songmaterial weiß mit Abstrichen zu gefallen, wenngleich mich der mit schlechten Keyboardsounds unterlegte und ‘abgelutschte‘ Stampfer „Salem“ fast zum ‘Weiterzappen‘ zwingt. Überhaupt nerven die penetranten und sehr in den Vordergrund gemischten Keyboardsounds auf „The Edge“ doch ein wenig. Dennoch wird einem mit dem amtlichen Opener „Blacklight“ auch Qualität in Morgana Lefay oder Tad Morose-Manier um die Ohren gejagt. Songs wie „Struck By Destiny“ oder der Bonus-Track „The Black Manifest“ sind ebenfalls nicht von schlechten Eltern, allerdings wage ich zu bezweifeln, daß sie einen reellen Gegenwert für den Verkaufspreis des Albums darstellen.

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Larry Daglieri - PROGRESSIVE WORLD - Webzine - USA

Twilight is one of those bands whose name signifies what their music is all about. If you can imagine some dark, atmospheric, crunching (with an emphasis on crunch), with some warm melodies enveloping the coldness of the theme; then you have a pretty good idea of what this band is all about. This disc was released after the band’s first release, Eye for an Eye, which is one of the more sought out discs in the underground metal genre. The band relies on a combination of atmospheric darkness, warm melodies, bone crunching guitars, haunting keyboards, and the incredible vocal style of Anders Engberg, one of the underground metal cult heroes of the decade. The Edge is an issue of songs that apparently didn’t make it on to Eye for an Eye and other demos that were created for the disc, and it was someone’s smart decision to release this disc as a bonus for not having heard any Twilight in a few years. The music is certainly categorized as melodic power metal, and here and there the music is injected with slight progressive moments, courtesy of the varied tempo changes about the disc, but for the most part the music is toe tapping, head banging power metal done up in a very classy style. The key to this band’s sound is certainly the high flying vocals of the great Andy Engberg, who can also be heard leading the way for other bands such as Lion’s Share, Sorcerer, and Twilight’s Eye for an Eye; Coupled with the interesting keyboard style of Finn Zierler, the band is on a mission to not only knock your socks off with power, but also wants to make sure that the head is banging and the toes are tapping, which they pull off with incredible ease. The unfortunate part of the disc is that it lacks some true bass in the original recording, most of which is actually powered by the huge drum machine sound and the heavy crunching guitars. On smaller systems, this is adequate but on larger revealing systems the bass is pretty much non-existent. This is quite a shame as the music deserves to be heard as much as possible, and thanks to the mastering job of Time Machine’s Lorenzo Deho, some of the quality was brought out, but the original recording should have been a tad better for this disc to really shine the way it should.

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Giedrius Slivinskas - EDGE OF TIME - Magazine - Intl. - 3.75 out of 5 points

A representative example of Swedish hard rock/power metal, which should be appreciated by fans of Tad Morose and similar bands. "The Edge" is actually the first Twilight demo (released in 1992, prior to their debut album "An Eye for an Eye"), and it displays pleasant-to-the-ear melodic metal vocals, and keyboard-fronted heavy and moody mid-paced songs with a slight progressive touch. The only difference is reflected by bonus track "The Black Manifest" which is a prog-metal oriented dramatic 'almost instrumental', indicating what we may expect from keyboard player Finn Zierler's new band Beyond Twilight.

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Stefan Glas - UNDERGROUND EMPIRE - Webzine - Germany - 13 out of 15 points

Mannomann - war das eine Odyssee: Die letzte und zugleich erste Platte »Eye For An Eye« dieser dänischen Combo liegt bereits über sechs Jahre zurück, mit der sie sich hätten mit guten Erfolgsaussichten um den Titel 'PRETTY MAIDS 2' bewerben können. Nachdem das Debut zunächst 1994 in Dänemark via OLAFSONGS das Licht der Welt erblickte und erst etliche Monate später von der Firma SEAGULL INTERNATIONAL regulär veröffentlicht wurde, durfte es »The Edge« gleich noch extremer treiben: Bereits 1998 trudelte eine Promo-CD namens »Lurking Fantasia« ein (deren sechs Songs jedoch letztendlich für die aktuelle CD ignoriert wurden) für die sich die Band in BEYOND TWILIGHT umbenannt hatte. Einige Monate später folgte eine weitere Promo-CD, auf der man sich wieder zu dem Namen TWILIGHT bekannt und die bis auf den Bonustrack identisch mit der mittlerweile offiziellen Version von »The Edge« ist. Dafür mußten die Dänen Europa durchqueren, um in Italien bei ACADEMY RECORDS den ersehnten Deal er erhalten. So ist die Platte, die vor fast zwei Jahren aufgenommen wurde, endlich käuflich zu erwerben. Eigentlich unverständlich, daß es so lange dauerte, denn TWILIGHT ist erneut ein gutes Stück Metal gelungen. Vermutlich ist es die erneut zu große stilistische Nähe zu ihren Landsleuten (sieht man mal von Gesang ab), die TWILIGHT Schwierigkeiten beschert hat, doch wer sich für kraftvollen, riffigen Melodic Metal erwärmen läßt, der ist hier absolut richtig beraten. P.S.: Und wer dann heiß geworden ist darf sich freuen, daß das Debut »Eye For An Eye« mitterweile von ACADEMY erneut auf den Markt gebracht wurde.

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Tom - CRITICAL METAL - webzine - USA

Boy am I glad I hooked up with Intromental Music. This is THE Power Metal CD that everyone needs to get. It contains a hearty blend of power and finesse, topped off with passionate vocals and catchy lyrics. The funny thing is that these songs are so polished that you might expect to hear them on the radio, only they have a sharp, crisp guitar sound that would scare really “sensitive” people. You might be tempted to sing along with “Far Beyond the Edge of Sanity” while also banging your head. Each song sounds very carefully constructed-no, make that masterfully constructed. Especially of interest is the instrumental “The Nightmare”. If notes could talk, this song would make a very eloquent speech. It seems that Germany needs to look jealously towards Denmark as Twilight appears to be going for the Power Metal championship. Twilight have a sound that rivals bands like Mob Rules, Ivory Tower, Vanishing Point, Stratovarius, and so on. Add to that the guitar CRUNCH of Judas Priest. In short, this album is not to be missed. More! Give me more.

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Costa - MONSTERS WORLD OF METAL - webzine - Canada - 9.25 out of 10 points

Twilight’s “The Edge” didn’t strike me as something I’ve never heard before. But I will not deny the fact that from the arrangements down to the production aspect of things, it is one strong delivery. After numerous and enjoyable listens I would categorize Twilight as melodic power metal. More precisely compare them to bands such as Tad Morose; “Salem” with it’s dark theme and low crunch guitars and the epic like “Nightmare” will point it out. The music is extremely keyboard oriented hence including another category to their music. In every song the keyboards either propel the moods or kick in at some point to take charge or keep them steady depicting progressive touches. “The Black Manifest” supports the progressive argument with narrated lyrics, it’s Dream Theater jam like session and a variety of complex changes, moods and tempos. This song can be thought of as a space opera in the vein of Ayreon. The feelings of touches resembling Royal Hunt here and there, especially in the vocals department, also arise. All in all, The Edge consists of melodic power metal with plenty of similarities to Tad Morose. The moods throughout usually hover around darker themed preferences but there are instances within every song you will find upbeat melodic vocals that enlighten the feel of the songs. It is no secret that the keyboards are the main piston of the band. But I should also note that the beautiful voice of Anders Engberg has a great influence in the music. His vocal abilities stylishly avoid the moods stagnating in the dark themed stance. Furthermore, the lyrical abilities of Twilight flow around a magical-epic type everyday life experiences frame of mind and are supported within the booklet by interesting art and colors. Indeed, the rest of the band’s abilities should be notes as well. The extensive time and efforts put into assembling the line up seems to have payed off. All do fine with a sturdy and resolute determination. Perfection seems to be a concern in this band. Finally I will strongly recommend this cd because it is a very good cd. The music has a bit of everything, from melodies, strong guitars and catchy hooks that really flow well. But then again, I will leave you decide.

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Dylan R.Hopkin - BARCODE - Webzine - Norway - 3½ out of 5 points for the first 6 songs / 4½ out of 5 points for the last song

Twilight is the brainchild of Danish keyboard-player Finn Zierler. He tried to find musicians for his melodic metal band in Denmark. This proved to be a difficult task. He moved his search to Sweden, where he found luck. This all happened about ten years ago. The band travelled back to Denmark and recorded their first demo, “The Edge” (1992). The demo sold an amazing 2000 copies and secured them a deal with Warner / Chappell Music Denmark. I don’t usually review demos as proper releases, but since this IS a re-release I will. This “new” release features a re-mastered version of the original demo and a 11 - minute bonus track called “The Black Manifest”, which was written in between the recording of “The Edge” and it’s follow up “Eye For An Eye”. The actual music can be described as melodic power metal with a slight (very small in fact) progressive touch. The style is typical for the Scandinavian metal in those days, when the Swedish bands like Tad Morose, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Glory were popular. “The Edge” sounds a lot like Tad Morose’s - “Sender Of Thoughts”. Each song has strong vocal lines, Anders Engberg has no problem reaching the high pitch notes, staccato guitar-playing with Malmsteen inspired solos are played as they should and the strong presence of Finn Zierler’s keyboards are always there. I find the drumming very boring, there is not much variation here. Two different drummers have recorded on this CD, but it’s hard to tell them apart. The drum sound is terrible on the first 6 tracks, it sounds like they were programmed on a keyboard (I don’t think that they are though). The producer has put on thick reverb and gate effects that totally ruin the punch and clarity of the drum kit. It’s a bit of a shame really. Luckily enough the last track, “The Black Manifesto” is far better. This is not that strange, most bands progress and get better. The track was recorded a couple of years after the first 6 tracks. I really like this song, great melodies, cool guitar playing and theatrical keyboards. The main melody line in the beginning sounds very familiar, I could swear that I’ve heard something similar on another occasion. The vocals on this track are the spoken words of a storyteller (?), it’s basically an instrumental. More progressive than before, lots of twists and turns, 11 minutes of atmospheric-soundtrack-like glory. I look forward to hearing their next endeavour. Twilight are solid musicians that deliver the goods. It’s not the most original metal I’ve heard, but it’s difficult to invent new, ground breaking music. Fans of true melodic metal will appreciate this release, especially if you like the main stream Swedish style from the early 90’s. Be your own judge....

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Dave Cockett - HARD ROXX - Magazine/Webzine - UK - 9 out of 10 points

Now here's a real blast from the past. Danish power metal band Twilight put out a rather excellent, albeit somewhat riff heavy, album called 'Eye For An Eye' in the mid 90's on the short lived Seagull International label. Originally coming together as a unit at the dawn of the same decade, 'Eye For An Eye' showcased a band who had managed to strike the perfect balance between musical might and melody, a dark, yet intoxicating blend of searing riffs and emotionally charged vocals. Undoubtedly one of the highlights from that particular period, since then the band have remained strangely quiet. This is the point where things start to get a little confusing. Twilight were originally picked up by Warner Chappell in Denmark back in 1994 on the strength of their much sought after demo, also entitled 'The Edge'. To further cloud the issue, this new album includes a couple of tracks remixed and remastered from 'Eye For An Eye', namely 'Salem' and 'Struck By Destiny'. Finally, the sleeve notes seem to be a little vague as to whether the rest of the songs were recorded in 1994 or 1999 - confused, I certainly was! (I do believe however that the band have recently signed with Omega Records in Germany, so it would appear that they're still very much a going concern.) Sweeping aside the ambiguity of the genesis of the album however, the thing that really counts is the quality of the songs themselves, and on that score at least, Twilight have delivered yet another hard hitting masterpiece. Musically speaking, they come across as a hybrid of 'The Dark' era Metal Church and Savatgae, with touches of early Anthrax and latter day Metallica, although the swirling, grandiosely gothic keyboards add am extra layer of dynamics not so prevalent amongst their peers, giving the album much more of an overall Europeanised feel. Although there have been a few, perhaps inevitable, changes in the Twilight line up, the songwriting nucleus of Finn Zierler (keyboards), Micke Darth (guitars), and vocalist Anders Engberg remains firmly intact. At only seven tracks, and just under 45 minutes, this is a relatively short album by today's standards, but as each track is a sizzler in its own right, you won't find me complaining on that score. It's left to the bold and decisive 'Far Beyond The Edge Of Sanity' to start the ball rolling, and a more appropriate opener the band couldn't have picked. After a sweeping keyboard intro the main riff kicks in, creating a broodingly malevolent atmospheric undercurrent; yet the complex and precise nature of the song has a real enduring quality that lingers on well after its departure. 'Blacklight' has a real classic Metal Church vibe, as do both 'Salem' and 'Struck By Destiny'. Having played the latter back to back with the originals on the debut, there seems to be little noticeable difference, and it's extremely heartening therefore to find that they still sound so fresh. 'Twilight' has much more of an epic feel to it, which is an area the band would do well to explore more thoroughly in future, 'The Nightmare' has a dark, eastern feel, and closing track 'The Black Manifest' is an eclectic blend of rippling riffs, and moody time changes - great stuff! Great songs, stunning musicianship throughout, and top quality production - welcome back guys.

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Kenn Jensen - KENN'S POWER & PROGRESSIVE PAGES - Webzine - Denmark - 9 out of 10 points

This is the first sign of life from Twilight. Why it was never released is beyond me, but it's a shame because this album features the great Anders Engberg on vocals, and as usual he's great. Musically it's clear that this album is the predecessor to "Eye For An Eye"..... The first 6 tracks are back from '92 - and damn what an impact they could have made if released back then.....great melodic powerful metal with great song structures.... For those who doesn't know Twilight I might mention that it's the brainchild of Finn Zierler (keyboards), who writes almost all the music himself....and therefore the keyboard is very much upfront, but hell, if it's done with so much conviction as this, then who cares....? NOT ME! All 7 tracks are small masterpieces with great guitar work, Finn's cool keyboards, an awesome production and above all Anders Engberg..... OK I do have one complaint - why isn't the "The Black Manifest (recorded in '94) a "real" song - if they had used "real" vocals instead of spoken words, then this would have been a total mother of a song, now it ends up "only" being awesome...hehe. So over all I must say that it's a bit sad that we had to wait sooo long for this mother of an album to see the light of day - get it if you are into power metal with a progressive edge.

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Johnny Angelund - METAL CLUB - Magazine - Norway - 85 out of 100 points

This is the group who released the record "Eye For An Eye" some years ago. This is not a new studio release, but a re-release of their first demo. There is also a bonus song called "The Black Manifest", this song has a running time of more than 11 minutes - and this song is a masterpiece. The cd is worth buying just for this one song. But the cd has much more to offer than just this song. Twilight's music is described as melodic power/prog metal, and I can agree on this. Sometimes Twilight reminds me a little bit of Royal Hunt. A great band and a great release - looking forward to hear their new written stuff.

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TOMBSTONE - Webzine - Greece - 5 out of 10 points

These guys are playing Progressive Metal with a healthy dose of Power Metal. But their main influences can be found in the Progressive Metal scene. An entertaining album that's easy to hear but also easy to forget. It's highly technical and complex but that's not always a good thing since what really matters is the songs. The songs that have their highs and their lows in the album. There are a couple of really cool pieces of music there, but on the other hand there are also a couple of completely boring pieces in the album. Another problem is the bad production. Everything is very low and the production is neither atmospheric, neither clear. They certainly do have a few interesting ideas in the album but I don't really think that they are enough. The talent exists, more work is what's needed.

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Larry D. - PERPETUAL MOTION BOARD - Webboard - USA

Just got this in the mail today, and it's sounding real good...... It's not quite as dark and heavy as "Eye for an Eye", and resembles more Lions Share as I pass through the songs quickly ...... Band lineup: Finn Zierler / Keyboards - Anders Engberg / Vocals (yes, the man himself) - Micke Darth / Guitar / bass - Janne Johansson / Guitar - Niclas Landin / Drums. Basically, if you like Twilight mixed in with Lions Share, and just a bit more catchy and accessible than the two combined, you're sure to like this one....... Mr Engberg is singing in a higher pitch than normal, and he sounds incredible as always....... It's crunchy, and the guitars come screaming out from your system - The music seems to pick up in the power metal style as the disc moves on, so power heads will need to take note.... The keyboard style is almost the same as used on "Eye for an Eye" .........nice, atmospheric and melodic as hell to accent the punching, driving music...... The production is excellent - especially the drums - BOOOOOOOMMM.... The disc was mastered by our very own Lorenzo Deho (Time Machine).... Mr Claus Jensen and Intromental Management have done it again - I'm into song 4 and I'm banging anything in sight - CRUUUNNCHH !!!! Fans of Andy Engberg need this one badly ........can the man sing with the best of them or what ????

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