The history of Ivory Tower begins in 1996 when Andre Fischer (Vocals), Sven Bge (Guitar) and Thorsten Thrunke (with two other musicians) founded the combo under the name AX´N SEX and soon advanced to one of the bright new metal hopes in and around northern Germany. Their self produced CD Victim of Time featured four original works and received a positive local reception, not only in Germany , but also in Europe and overseas. The band name, however, did not entirely suit their melodic power metal and conjured up visions of sleaze metal. The musicians were quick to react and after some deliberation they changed the name of the band to the more s uitable and current Ivory Tower.
They then polished their styles further, and made some changes in the line-up. After having been with the band since it´s formation, two of the members left the ranks to be replaced by Stephan Laschetzki (Bass) and Stephan Machon (Keyboards). Initial discussions between the band and 'Limb Music Products' and 'Publishing (LMP)' were held in December 1997; 'LMP' subsiquently offering them a contract.
Their second album, Beyond The Stars, was released 17th of April 2000. It was an album that contained everything from classical and orchestral arrangements to hard riding guitar riffs and melodic refrains. During that time the re were also extensive promotional activities all over the world but especially in Paris for the French release under the license label 'NTS'.
In 2001 there was the intoduction of new band members, Stefan Ikert (Bass), Heiner Risthaus (Keyboards), Flo Tabbert (Drums), as Machon, Laschetzki and Thrunke left the band due to personal reasons. In 2001 they started extensive promotional activities in Sao Paulo, Brasil with the license label 'Rock Brigade', with the band leaving the contract with 'LMP' in 2002.