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Review: Martin Beck's Induction - Far Beyond the Horizon
Martin Beck's Induction
Far Beyond the Horizon

Label: Independent
Year released: 2015
Duration: 5:36
Tracks: 1
Genre: Power Metal

Review online: June 12, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Far Beyond the Horizon

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

It isn't often that I review a single especially an instrumental but since this is a physical CD sent all the way to North America from the Czech Republic I guess I can break tradition. As you might guess from the band's name Martin Beck's Induction is the brainchild of guitarist Martin Beck who's only other claim to fame is a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band called Xanax that I've never heard of either. Regardless of past history "Far Beyond the Horizon," the single Martin has sent along, is a 5:36 instrumental in the Symphonic/Power Metal vein similar to what you might hear at the beginning of an album by Rhapsody of Fire, Avantasia, Dragonland or a host of others. There's some sharp guitar work, real live strings courtesy of violinist Kate?ina Záveská and cellist Viktorie Surmová, Carmina Burana-inspired choruses and sweeping keyboard flourishes. It all sounds great and was produced by former Helloween/current Masterplan guitarist Roland Grapow so that should shed some additional light on what this song sounds like.

I struggle with a score as this song may be just a taste of what Beck has in store or perhaps it is the best he has so the quality of a lengthier release is almost impossible to divine, therefore I'm leaving it blank. That said, this is a competent example of Symphonic Power Metal though nothing you haven't heard before. You can get a copy on Beck's website but I think 3 ½ Euros for a single is a bit much even if the digipak looks very pro. Unless you can't live without every Symphonic Power Metal release available my suggestion would be to wait for something more substantial. Based on this song Beck certainly seems to have the playing skills but let's see if he has the writing skills to go with them.

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