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Pagan's Mind


Progressive Metal

3.38 | 83 ratings

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3 stars HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008!

This latest album is not as strong as its predecessor but it does still deliver great harmonies of music as well as vocal. Listening to this album is very enjoyable especially with great sonic quality produced by this album - it's better being played at LOUD volume on your amplifier. As a colleague rocker Rully in local mailing list (i-Rock!) has posted a review about this album where the story is all about alien, it then triggered me to write another review at this site. AT first spin I did not quite enjoy the music because it's not as catchy as its predecessors. But with more spins, it grew on me. It's probably due to the excellent production of sound recording that makes me interested to play this album some more.

It's quite odd that the album starts with an overture "The Conception" that is not built on orchestra music but this time through an exploration of acoustic guitar fills in the vein of Steve Hackett / Genesis. Am not quite sure why the band does this way as this creates an ambient mood instead of grandiose impacts like those produced by orchestra. The end of this overture is a nice drum work. It flows seamlessly by a heavy guitar riffs followed by a full blast of music in heavy rhythm section comprising bass guitar, guitar and drums as an intro part of the album title track "God's Equation". When vocal enters the music, keyboard provides great inventive notes at background. The most interesting part of this track is basically the riffs that create uplifting mood and groove. The music moves in relatively fast tempo with inventive keyboard, great vocal harmonies and some guitar solo.

"Unified Alliance" starts wonderfully with a catchy keyboard work followed by powerful and attractive drum work followed by guitar riffs. This time, bass guitar provides its powerful rhythm section augmented by drums for making sure the beats. As the music moves into crescendo, keyboard still gives great combination of notes that is played repetitively at background, while guitar gives the steady riffs that makes the music flows wonderfully. At 2:45 the music moves into interlude that gives guitar a very nice guitar riffs and at 3:25 guitar solo leads the way. It's so wonderful track.

"Atomic Fireflight" starts off with an ultra heavy music riffs combining guitar, bass, drums and keyboard in very fast speed and makes the music moves so fast and complex. It is then followed with vocal mumbling in strange voice (like a voice of an alien?). I believe that this must indicate the dialogue between human being and an alien.The interlude part in the middle of the track with tight bass lines accompanying guitar solo and a showcase of dynamic drumming is an attractive part of this track. The voice of alien might disrupt your listening pleasure - but unfortunately this is what the story requires, I believe. I ca not help it.

As the title implies "Hallo Spaceboy" this track starts with an ambient spacey keyboard work for approximately 30 seconds followed with a music blast while drums provide bass drum as beat keeper without toms as well as cymbals or high hat. I like the part where the lyrics say "Bye bye love!" followed by excellent music riffs. This a David Bowie's cover version. My apology that I cannot compare with original version because I was not a fan of David Bowie when I was teenager. I only knew "Space Oddity" which was a great song.

"Evolution Exceed" starts with heavy keyboard effects followed by music in fast tempo and heavy rhythm. It seems like a straight rocker with some break with heavy riffs at approx 3:16 and it turns into slower style at approx 3:55. Melody-wise this is not a good track but the sounds of drums, bass and guitar make it quite complex and enjoyable.

"Alien Kamikaze" starts with heavy music riffs with bass guitar as main rhythm section augmented by dynamic drumming and guitar rhythm section. It's quite complex at the intro part with practically no catchy melody line except on some transition pieces. "Painted Skies" provides musical break because this starts with mellow style using soft piano touch backed with tight bass lines. But the music moves into heavier style after vocal screams "Heaven cry..!!" for a while and returns to mellow style.

"Spirit Starcruiser" starts with a combined work of keyboard and drums, bass accompanying vocal line. The music moves faster with high register vocal notes. Guitar performs its stunning work in the middle of the track. "Farewell" replays the overture music but this time is augmented with electric guitar solo in mellow style. "Osiris' Triumphiant Return" is really a powerful track that has symphonic power metal style with powerful riffs and tight composition.

I know this release is not as solid as previous albums especially in its attempt for catchy melody line and harmonies. But I still observe great qualities of the band in its complex compositions and speed. The musicianship is excellent!!! I recommend this album for those of you who love progressive metal. It's a very good album with 3 stars plus rating.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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