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4.10 | 54 ratings | 6 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Secret Dream (8:18)
2. Love Remains The Same (6:47)
3. Deep Inside (6:05)
4. Memory Calling (4:37)
5. Lord Of The Flies (9:35)
6. World Of Illusion (8:26)
7. Without Ann (3:28)
8. Waiting For The Answer (11:28) :
- Part I - Soul Voyager (instrumental)
- Part II - The Zero Dimension

Total Time: 59:01

Line-up / Musicians

- Marco Basile / lead & backing vocals, acoustic guitar
- Emanuele Colella / lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
- Dario De Cicco / piano, Fender Rhodes, synth, backing vocals
- Raffaele Castaldo / bass
- Andrea Stipa / drums, percussion, backing vocals

- Sergio Quagliarella / percussion (8)

Releases information

Artwork: Salvatore Mirabella

CD Frontiers Records ‎- FR CD 197 (2004, Italy)

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MIND KEY Journey Of A Rough Diamond ratings distribution

(54 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
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Review by TheProgtologist
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4 stars Mind Key is an Italian progressive metal band.You can hear many varied influences in their music,from Dream Theater and Symphony X to bands like Deep Purple and Toto.Journey of a Rough Diamond is a fine debut,featuring complex songs with many tempo changes,astounding guitar work,great keyboard playing,and an incredible ryhthm section and soaring Labrie-esque vocals.Versatile guitarist Emanuele Colella frequently switches styles,from metal to fusion to blues,making it seem very easy.Drummer Andrea Stipa,as one reviewer of this cd has said,would do Portnoy proud.And vocalist Marco Basile has a very wide range,but has since been replaced with Aurelio Fierro.Two of the standout tracks for me are "Lord of the Flies",based on the William Golding book and the epic "Waiting for the Answer",which contains all of this groups trademarks of complexity,brilliant technique and melody.4 stars and highly recommended for prog metal fans
Review by b_olariu
5 stars Mind Key first album named Journey of a rough diamond from 2004 is for me a true treasure of progressive metal, is essential listning if you want something realy strong in this field. I was knock out of my socks when i've listned first time this record last year. Excellent musicianship, great ideas, superb song writing and above all brilliant vocal parts.Mind Key is a talented young italian band who, for some reason didin't make it big 'till now, is strange because this album is among the best prog metal albums I ever heard. Clearly influenced by Dream Theater, but don't expect to be a copy/paste band, contrary this album is 100 times better than anything Dream Theater releases after Scenes from a memory. The music is very well written, with nice shifting moods between heavyer elements to a more mellower ones, great are the interplays between guitar and keys, and above all the voice of Marco Basile fits like a glove here, in this kind of music. Why I consider this album a masterpice, because is not another clone of well known prog metal bands, they manage to creat something special and very catchy. Quite rarely I have the chance to listen to such a perfect album, and surprise from a young band. All the pieces are excellent, from long ones with nice long instrumental passages to mellow ones, where the voice of Basile truly shines. Every musician is sure on his instrument, it's shown in every piece how easy this guys play. Why they didn't had the chance to make it big, I don't understand. On their offcial site is written thet they working on a new album, maybe this year will be released. Anyway this Journey of a rough diamond is a shineing star in prog metal field, highly recommend for every serios prog listner. 5 stars for this almost unknown treasure, but for sure needs a better view. Similar bands, Empty Tremor, Madsword, Dream Theater and at some point Shadow Gallery and Vanden Plas.

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3 stars 'Journey of a Rough Diamond' is the debut album by Italian progressive metal band Mind Key. Released in 2004, it bears many similarities to a certain well-known band... Now, I've always disliked the notion of so many progressive metal bands being labelled as "Dream Theater clones". Yes, Dream ... (read more)

Report this review (#1915247) | Posted by martindavey87 | Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Finally, I found a band which sounded like DT but with their own style. I think they did great with this album. Vocal part is great and fits the music. Riffs and Leads are clean and very melodic but not repetetive. The drums is also cool; I think he avoid the repetetive double peddling which m ... (read more)

Report this review (#46479) | Posted by kickz | Monday, September 12, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars WOW! - Mind Key must be rated up with their other Italian colleagues Empty Tremor and DGM. This is the album that DGM should've come up with after Hidden Place - but that's another review. Back to JOARD. This is awesome. Superb song structures and brilliantly executed by some very talented ... (read more)

Report this review (#35468) | Posted by | Tuesday, June 7, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Hey guys, a new fantastic reality is shining! Here's a perfect demonstration of how a great prog metal album should be! Killing riffs, intricate and originals instrumental parts,oddtimes, but also magic, charming melodic passages and vocal lines, in the best tradition of this musical genre! ... (read more)

Report this review (#31959) | Posted by | Sunday, August 8, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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