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Ice Cycles [Import]

Platypus Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spv
  • ASIN: B00004R9DQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oh God
2. Better Left Unsaid
3. The Tower
4. Cry
5. I Need You
6. 25
7. Gone
8. Intro Pompatous
9. Yoko Ono
10. Yoko Two-No
11. Yoko Three-No
12. Platmosts
13. Yoko Againo
14. Yoko Outro

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PLATYPUS Ice Cycles CD

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fused Prog Rock Extravaganza 18 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
What can you say about this release? It surprised me when I heard it!!! Dream Theater mixing with the likes of Kings X. The songs are very punchy for something classed as Progressive rock, but it is refreshing. Oh God starts the CD off with a perfect keyboard intro, before the guitar sound bursts in and then everything calms down for Ty Tabor to bring his cool vocal into the mix and so the rest of the album goes through the motions but never sounds dull although the final instrumnetal is a little bit long. But if you like Dream Theater, Transatlantic and Kings X, you will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Platypus was a short-lived supergroup formed by Ty Tabor (King's X), Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs), John Myung and Derek Sherinian (both of Dream Theater at the time of formation). Ice Cycles was the 2000 follow up to 1998's almost as humourously named "When Pus Comes To Shove". Dream Theater enthusiasts will likely already have spotted from those dates that Platypus ran almost parallel to Liquid Tension Experiment and Mullmuzzler, side-projects of Dream Theater's other members.

This album doesn't sound like Dream Theater or LTE, however. The majority of the album consists of vocal tracks whose sound is dominated by Ty Tabor resulting in a sound similar to King's X and especially similar to Ty's solo albums. The other 15-16 minutes of the album consist of the instrumentals "25" and "Partial to the Bean" (the latter split into seven tracks). On the instrumental tracks there appears to be a lot more resemblance to Derek Sherinian's solo projects, such as Planet X, though the distinction could be made that Platypus' instrumentals are possibly a little more melodic and soulful without challenging the listener as much, the atmosphere mostly provided by the dominant trademark keyboard sound of Sherinian though will satisfy his followers and does put some much needed distance between Platypus and King's X. (Existing fans of Sherinian aware of some of Tabor's work may be anxious to be reassured that he does play with some suitably chunky distortion for the instrumentals that fits well with Derek's sound.)

However, as a result of the vocal/instrumental split of tracks, when listening to Ice Cycles it kind of sounds more like an album split between Ty Tabor and Derek Sherinian than an individual band with a unique sound in its own right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Second album from this interesting great sideproject including members of legendary heavy rock band KING'S X and prog rock metal band Dream Theater. this one is probably better produced, more slick, defined, but shorter. It is very suprisingly good sounding heavy rock tunes, with a number of instrumentals between which are slightly heavier on this album than the last. Very good album, very different. Great modern fun prog heavy rocking tunes. Some stunning rock moments.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff 21 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
a good album, especially the two instrumentals which remind me of Dream Theater.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  24 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavier, darker than first 17 Mar 2000
By "marzullo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who don't know, Platypus is Ty Tabor, John Myung, Rod Morganstein, and Derek Sherinian. If these names mean nothing to you, first go check out King's X, Dream Theater, and Dixie Dregs. Then come back, because although this is a great CD, it does not surpass the work these individuals have accomplished in their primary bands. That said, Ice Cycles is heavier than their first ("When Pus Comes to Shove"), but less diverse. This is not necessarily a bad thing--the guys sound more like a band than a side-project. Sherinian's keyboards garner a little more attention this time, and only two tracks are instrumentals. In my opinion, although all four musicians are excellent, the real reason to buy this CD is to hear Ty Tabor. This guy just keeps on getting better. He has a distinct vocal style that fits his highly personal lyrics perfectly. And unlike the last two King's X albums (and even his own solo disc), Ty rips it up on guitar. A friend of mine once described Ty's solos as "water" coming from his guitar. Best cuts--"Oh God," "Cry," and "Partial to the Bean."
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars 13 Feb 2001
By spiral_mind - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to take issue with one of the previous comments, which reads: "if you're a Dream Theater fan you won't like this album." Allow me to clarify that statement a little. If you think Dream Theater is the be-all and end-all of metal, and expect everything to follow the same sometimes-excessive-'prog' stylings, then you won't like it. If you can accept that there exist all different kinds of music, and can handle a little variety, then it may be worth a listen.
This one, to repeat some other comments, is much darker and slightly heavier than the first Platypus album. It leans toward the recent King's X sound (Dogman onwards), and there's very little similarity to DT or the Dregs. In contrast to the first album, the instrumental section is weaker (although listenable) and the vocal songs are the more coherent ones. The highlights ("The Tower," "Oh God," "Cry," "Better Left Unsaid") rip with some of the most intense playing we've heard from these guys in a while. The others, "I Need You" and "Gone," lapse a little into cliches and aren't quite up to the same level.
Not everyone will agree, but I personally prefer the first album for its variety and more positive mood. Ice Cycles shows them coming together as a collective group, albeit mostly under Ty's influence, and has less of the scattering of ideas that marked it as a side project. Worth a listen for fans of hard (not necessarily prog) rock, but it's not quite as exceptional.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice work! 1 April 2000
By "brucewayne" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album not only shows off the fine instrumental talents of this foursome, but it also is a better representation of Ty Tabor's thoughtprovoking lyrics. The band also sounds much more comfortable with each other, making for a little bit better album than their first release. "Oh God" and "The Tower" are my favorite tunes on the album. Lastly, Ice Cycles includes over 15 minutes of instrumental tracks that really rock!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark. 5 Oct 2002
By "aiylyn" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Without a doubt, Dream Theater are the biggest giant overshadowing this side-project, which also includes members of the Dixie Dregs, Winger, and King's X. For listeners of Dream Theater, Platypus appeals to fans of Myung and Sherinian most. It will probably prove to be a good record to listen to when you want to hear something that contains grade-A musicianship but isn't necessarily spazzing out the way bands like Dream Theater often do in terms of time, signatures, etc. If you're in the mood for straight-ahead rock and roll with rock-solid performing, this is the band for you. The lyrics tend to focus on a rocky relationship Ty Tabor had recently been in, so it'll appeal to your melancholy moods as well. I particularly enjoy Rod's drumming on this album.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing sophmore release from Platypus... 26 April 2000
By John Downing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you think Ty's guitar work in King's X is amazing then you havn't heard this second release by Platypus: Ice Cycles. Of course Ty will always stick to his beliefs (cool!) through his lyrics which is evident in the first track "Oh God". But overall and by far the best track is "the Tower". Ty just rips through the guitar riffs like butter. And the drums are out of this world! The keys give it the progressive metal edge it needs and the bass provides excellent hard drivin rhythm! This Cd is a must have for all King's X, Dream Theater and Dexy Dregs followers. I bought it two days ago and I can't take my "ears" off of it! Its like the american express card, don't leave this site without it in your shopping cart!
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