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MIND PORTAL

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MIND PORTAL is a young Russian progressive metal band formed around 2009 in Voronetsk. They released their debut album "1/1" in 2010 for the Russian label Mals. Soon they got recognition within the Russian progressive metal scene as one of the most interesting names with a solid album and plenty of good cuts. Fans of instrumental progressive metal might find this band quite interesting and very adventurous.

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3.37 | 9 ratings
1/1
2010
3.77 | 9 ratings
1/2: Thought And Matter
2014

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 1/2: Thought And Matter by MIND PORTAL album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.77 | 9 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Russian band MIND PORTAL was formed in 2009, and already one year after their formation they released their debut album "1/1". While their debut album apparently was assembled fairly quickly, it would take this quartet a few more years to be ready with their next CD, but in early 2014 they returned with "1/2: Thought and Matter", released through MALS Records.

Instrumental progressive metal that, roughly, can be described as belonging to the Dream Theater school of progressive metal is what Mind Portal provides on their second album "1/2: Thought and Matter". It is a well made and intriguing album, constantly moving somewhere and constantly developing, maintaining nerve, tension and interest with relative ease. A diverse and compelling production of old school progressive metal, well worth a check if you know or suspect that this is something you'd appreciate.

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 1/2: Thought And Matter by MIND PORTAL album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Review by kev rowland
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4 stars There aren't many instrumental quartets playing prog metal, yet here we have a Russian band back with their second album doing just that. I've been able to find out very little about them, and that is a real shame, as when music is as good as this then there is a requirement for people to know about it! Hailing from Voronezh they liken themselves to acts such as Liquid Tension Experiment and Joe Satriani, and I for one can also hear plenty of Steve Vai in some of the shredding and arrangements. Guitarist Grigory Kuronov also provides all of the music, although it is then arranged by the band, but this isn't as much a guitar fest as one might imagine from that as he ensures that Vyacheslav Bessonov (keys) also has the opportunity to shine and they often duet, or one gives major support to the other. The rhythm section of Vitaly Zotov (bass) and Roman Gorodnyansky (drums) is extremely tight and this allows the other two to crank it up and have some fun.

Although they are wonderfully melodic (with more than a touch of the Seventies AOR scene at times), this is first and foremost a band that is happily more into metal than rock. They run through the crunching guitars, with loads of complexity when it is the right time, but they don't ram their musical virtuosity into the throats and ears of their listeners. Vyacheslav has more than a hint of Don Airey about what he does, providing the musical finesse and cream that allows Grigory to really crunch the riffs when he wants to, or shred like a demon at others. This is a real gem of an album, one that is accessible the very first time it is played and from there on in it just keeps getting better. www.mals.ru

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 1/1 by MIND PORTAL album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.37 | 9 ratings

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Review by justaguy

2 stars Well, if you ask me to name another good Russian instrumental heavy prog rock band, I will not easily find you an answer. Indeed, the Russian rock scene was not really competitive (until recently). It is spoiled by the commercial, MTV format, music. Moreover, the rock tradition was never strong in Russia. Yes, there are a few nice bands, most of them connected to the label Mals Records: Byelorussian In search for, 7th Ocean and Sunrise Sunset Project from Saint-Petersburg, but all those are actually more nice exclusions than a rule. This all makes me wonder even more at this marvel, Mind Portal. The band was formed in 2009 in the city of Voronezh, in the middle of Russia. They play high quality instrumental rock, something similar to the music of Steve Vai and once in a while, it reminds me of Gordian Knot. It sounds quite heavy, but very smooth, a sign of gifted arrangements. The tunes are strong, even memorable, and playing is just wonderful.

Mind Portal is a new star on the eastern rock sky, and who knows what the guys will be capable of in the future. They are definitely worth of following.

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 1/1 by MIND PORTAL album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by maryes

4 stars Excellent debut albun of the Russian band MIND PORTAL, . The disc is very pleasent and don't commit the "sin" of go ttrough to obivious approach already used for contless bands of progressive metal style., unlike, they bring to us a mix of prog-metal/jazz & some "pinchs" of ecletic-prog and even latin-music in the style of Carlos Santana. All of this "ingredients" are spread in the 8 tracks of the disk: In the track 1- "Roller Coaster" I could feel (In the midlle section) a "festive" latin theme, the track 2- "Natural Disaster" presents a mighty "riff" in the "vein" of RUSH,QUEENRYCHE or UFO, the track 4 "Summer Morning" is a great ballad with a very sweet melody, and a slightly waltz "flavor", the track 5- "Traffic Jam" reminds me the main theme of a TV series of the 60's "Missin: Impossible. All other tracks are great, and my rate is 4 stars !!!

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 1/1 by MIND PORTAL album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3,5 realy

Mind Portal is a young band from Russia, playing something between progressive metal and fuison in places, all album is instrumental and is pretty much very ok, even great on some tracks. The album is named 1/1 and is released at russian label Mals in 2010. Here are 8 pieces, not very lenghty with exception last piece Dedication nearly has 8 min, the rest are under 6 min, but very solid musicianship I hear here, realy some fantastic parts on opening track Roller coster, realy as the title implies a great tune with fantastic ideas and great interplays between guitar and keys. In fact all pieces are great, not a weak moment here, Maybe I'm little biased because I've descovered latley some fantastic bands from Russia playing intristing progressive rock, even better then bands with big names, one of them is Mind Portal. Pleasent compostions not very complex, but not easy listning either, the band knew how to give to the listner something worth investigated. So, 3.5 stars for this album, fans of the genre need to discover this band, because has talent and plenty of good ideas.

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 1/1 by MIND PORTAL album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Russian act MIND PORTAL was formed in 2009, and quickly got down to the task of writing and recording its own material, first and foremost with guitarist Kurnosov as the creative prime mover. A total of 8 pieces were singled out and recorded, and in 2010 these were assembled on their debut album "1/1", which was issued by the Russian label MALS Records.

If you have a soft spot for bands taking on a great variety of expressions, resulting in a smooth and superficially simplistic-sounding but highly fluent sonic landscape featuring nifty details and a clever blend of rock, art rock and progressive metal, Mind Portal is a band you might want to investigate further. Its efforts can't really be said to break any innovative musical ground, but the high quality of the compositional and instrumental skills makes this a worthwhile experience for those whose musical tastes are inclined to enjoy material of this kind.

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