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Pagan's Mind


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3.25 | 70 ratings

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2 stars Infinity Divine is the debut album from this Norwegian band, an album that is solidly rooted in power metal, and if truth be-told, is rather lacking in the progressive element.

The album starts with a spacey, keyboard led instrumental piece that just serves to lead into the opening song, Caught In A Dream, and it will be a while before you here anything that really sounds different to anything else. In fact, the only song that does stand out on here is the final track, the eight minute A New Beginning (which is the closest song you get to an epic here), witch starts similarly to the rest of the tracks but moves to explore new textures and moods in the middle of the song before having a final blast to end the song. This constant change of tone and mood in the song makes this the only really progressive track on the album.

Of the rest of the music, it all seems a bit too formulaic to be really interesting. This is not the kind of music that will stimulate the mind, not that its lacking in the enjoyment department. In fact this is its strength, it's an album that doesn't require too much mental work to listen to what's going on but for those that enjoy the heavy metal side of music as much as the prog, this will go down OK.

The musicianship here is at a pretty high standard with clear singing, strong drumming, powerful guitar lines, interesting bass (when you can here it) and great keyboard and guitar solos. Sadly the songs are largely all constructed the same way so its hard to really pick out any stand out songs here beyond the aforementioned A New Beginning, but Embracing Fear has a strong, driving quality to it and Astral Projection starts and ends with a very nice riff that does stand out from the rest of the album.

As a metal album I would have given it 3 stars as it is highly enjoyable but a little formulaic leaving only a couple of tracks to really stand out. I only give it 2 stars here because it is near totally devoid of prog except for the closing track and so really would be only for fans of Pagans Mind.

Of the 2004 re-master it adds two bonus songs. The first of these is a re-make of Embracing Fear. The song has a new, harder, cleaner edge too it but the feeling that made it stand out on this album from the rest of the songs for me is gone, leaving the song just as anonymous as the rest of the songs. The second bonus track is a cover of King Diamonds At The Graves, featuring guest solo performances from Glen Drover and Gus G. In all seriousness, this is one of the cheesiest songs that I have ever heard. The music is rather good and the guest solos spots are performed admirably, but the lyrics are just plain terrible and cringe worthy.

sleeper | 2/5 |


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