Header

MINDGAMES

Neo-Prog • Belgium


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Mindgames picture
Mindgames biography
Belgian band MINDGAMES influences are to be found in the whole progressive rock history. Element of FLOYD, YES, GENESIS, MARILLION and too many others to mention can be found in here. The band grouped in 1997 but it took 2 years until they entered the recording studio to shape their first recording demos.

The rehearsals for their debut album took the next three years until the album was ready, in 2002, and was finally released in 2003. This output was carefully structured with mid-long pieces and three epics. It's a very sophisticated music, precisely played and perfect balance between energy and softness. Strong melodies, multiple rhythm changes and a nice instrumental colouring of the songs are warp and woof on "International Daylight", an album that achieved a great success among the lovers of Symphonic Progressive.

In 2005, MINDGAMES returned to studio to prepare their second album, "Actor In A Play", released in 2006 that received very positive reviews from the international press and fans. With this album, MINDGAMES keep following the same path from their beginning, a well-balanced sound between Neo and New Symphonic, blended with several other influences.

Recent news inform that MINDGAMES had important line-up changes and that they are shaping a new album to be released by 2009, but anyway keeping their original style.

Mindgames official website

MINDGAMES MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

MINDGAMES forum topics / tours, shows & news


MINDGAMES forum topics
No topics found for : "mindgames"
Create a topic now
MINDGAMES tours, shows & news Post an entries now

MINDGAMES Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to MINDGAMES

Buy MINDGAMES Music


Actors in a PlayActors in a Play
CD Baby 2012
Audio CD$11.63
$11.40 (used)
MmxMmx
CD Baby 2010
Audio CD$13.39
$12.25 (used)
International DaylightInternational Daylight
Import
CD Baby 2008
Audio CD$12.97 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)

More places to buy MINDGAMES music online Buy MINDGAMES & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for MINDGAMES DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

MINDGAMES shows & tickets


MINDGAMES has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

MINDGAMES discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

MINDGAMES top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.22 | 26 ratings
International Daylight
2003
3.92 | 72 ratings
Actors In A Play
2006
3.77 | 81 ratings
MMX
2010

MINDGAMES Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

MINDGAMES Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

MINDGAMES Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

MINDGAMES Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

MINDGAMES Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Actors In A Play by MINDGAMES album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.92 | 72 ratings

BUY
Actors In A Play
Mindgames Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars In 2004 Mindgames were busy playing their material live.The first Flemish Progrock festival was among their major events, organized by the Prog-Nose e-zine, followed by memorable performances at the Prog-resiste Convention and ProgFarm.The next year the group focused on composing the material of their upcoming album, that was eventually recorded at the Ace Studio of Frank Van Bogaert in Antwerp, who also produced this work, released in 2006 independently by Mindgames.

To play a major role in a play like Progressive Rock, you have to a consistent actor.And Mindgames played their roles with passion and inspiration, even with a literally theatrical taste one could say, as their new album is strongly influenced by MARILLION and quite similar to acts such as KNIGHT AREA and GALLEON with a bit of SPOCK'S BEARD thrown in for good measure.Six long tracks with great lyrical moves, angular synthesizer washes and beautiful symphonic references offer the listener majestic moments, full of incredible atmospheres and sensitive melodies.Numerous shifting moods and changing climates are put together next to soaring guitars, discreet organs and Classical touches to result tight and rich compositions, often with a theatrical grandieur.Pompous instrumental passages and striking groovy runs are well-executed and linked with comfort.The singer, Mr. Bart Schram, has an evident FISH-like type of singing and his voice is quite nice.KAYAK and GENESIS remain a deep inspiration for the group, especially on the dreamy lines coming from the Moog synths.Excellent keyboard work as a whole and some tremendous guitar parts deliver very dense and conveincing musicianship.

A highlight of year 2006.A step forward compared to the very good ''International Daylight'', showing a very mature group, that knows how to compose bombastic, intelligent and intricate Prog songs.Highly recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Actors In A Play by MINDGAMES album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.92 | 72 ratings

BUY
Actors In A Play
Mindgames Neo-Prog

Review by maryes

5 stars I entirely agree with the PA community, when they conferring for this album the best quotation between their 3 albuns, with a significant difference ... my impression is "Actors in a Play" are fairly superior in relationship to "International Daylight" and much more than "MMX". I say this, because I think which the quotations for the three albuns "International Daylight" - 3.16, "Actors in a Play" - 3.84 and "MMX" - 3.69 , ( im my humble opinion) don't correspond to real superiority from the album in question. I expose my ideas starting saying which "International Daylight" are a very complex work and of course a very good album but , this complexity don't is so well "worked" than in "Actors in a Play" where the different passages comes to flow in a more "digestible" sequence than in the previous album, which turns the album more pleasant for listening and in comparison with "MMX" the "distance" grow in considerable way, because I don't find in "MMX" the same quality in arrangements and variations that I find in the two others. "Actors in a Play" is an album close to perfection without weak points in terms of composition or musicians performance, all tracks are remarkable . For this reason my rate is 5 stars !!!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Actors In A Play by MINDGAMES album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.92 | 72 ratings

BUY
Actors In A Play
Mindgames Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Mindgames present on Actors In a Play a very theatrical style of neo-prog - aided, in particular, by the lyrical delivery of Bart Schram. Comparisons to Genesis are tempting, though actually in the album's more overtly whimsical moments (which cross the line into "irritatingly twee" a little too often) I'm most reminded of the glory days of Ange. The upshot is that this is a neo-prog album which may offer a refreshingly different take on the neo-prog sound for those who remember Ange with fondness, but which at the same time the lead singer's theatrical flourishes may prove irritating to some listeners. In other words, like Ange itself, it's an acquired taste.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 MMX by MINDGAMES album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.77 | 81 ratings

BUY
MMX
Mindgames Neo-Prog

Review by Richens

4 stars Having now listened to this album MMX and their previous album from 2006 'Actors in a Play', I am happy to say that MMX shows that Mindgames have made good progress between 2006 and 2010.

MMX, in my opinion, as a fan of symphonic and melodic progressive rock, is their strongest album to date. It starts off a little slowly, but by the third track 'Glory of the Night', it is beginning to pick up nicely. The final track 'The Pendulum' is an excellent 15 minute track and a fine closing song for the album.

If you are looking at buying this album (which I am trying to do at the moment!), you may have difficulty finding it for a reasonable price. Being a bit of an audiophile, I tend to buy CD's and then convert them to FLAC file format. I find it a little galling that even now, we don't have access to a generally accepted lossless audio format in the commercial mainstream. The cheapest I can find this CD for is from the Mindgames e-store for close to 19 euros, which is out of my price bracket. The most I will pay for a CD is £15 and for that price it better be good! If I can find it for £15 or less I will definitely buy it and I do recommend it as a very good addition to any progressive collection.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 International Daylight by MINDGAMES album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.22 | 26 ratings

BUY
International Daylight
Mindgames Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Mindgames recently had their definite breakthrough with their 2010 album MMX, an album I will explore some day. Right now I will review the debut of this Belgian outfit playing in typical neo progressive style. This is regularly noticeable thanks to slightly emotional vocals accompanied by good guitar and keys producing semi-long compositions. These vocals are by no means poor but they aren't top notch either. Shall we say: somewhere in between ? Typical prog vocals like I stated in more of my reviews, vocals are more often the Achilles heel of progbands.

With Mindgames it's no different I'm afraid but I had hoped for and counted on somewhat more impressive compositions as well when I saw the running times of the songs which could indicate we're dealing with impressive stuff here. The compositions again aren't weak or poor but they aren't truly memorable or excellent either. Let's say I've heard better on all those neo bands and albums I witnessed before. The longest (closing) track is by far the best in this department and makes me doubt a bit to give the 4 stars anyway but I'm afraid the rest isn't really good enough to secure that. It's somewhere around the 3,5 mark to be exact but I wouldn't dare to recommend this to anyone as an excellent prog album. Pretty good neo prog is what this is so I will give three.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 MMX by MINDGAMES album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.77 | 81 ratings

BUY
MMX
Mindgames Neo-Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars This Neo Prog album is Mindgames' new release, which is quite contradicting, because it literally means prefix that signifies "reborn", being in new age/era. Well, let's see this Neo-Prog release, shall we ?

As far as my poor, age tired ears can see (hehe), this is optimistic music. All 57 minutes long, I felt fine. It was like one great big cure to kill tired state of my mind and shine some sunlight into it. Well, from little bit more technical point of view, this music is quite various (they call it eclectic), graduating in most of the tracks, while along the way tossing some Prog elements, which results in very interesting experience. I hesitated, if I dare to give my best, but after all, sometimes you feel sure about something and so you do it. That's life, deeds and consequences.

4(+), if not the first then maybe one of few best ratings I've give this year (MMX). Because this music is audio (adieu?) poetry from good spectrum of them. Not so long, but not 39 minutes shortling, Mindgames are presenting fine piece of work that shouldn't be denied. Thanks guys from forum to reminding me that it's actually good album, so I was able to "get to" it.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 MMX by MINDGAMES album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.77 | 81 ratings

BUY
MMX
Mindgames Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Third album of Mindgames from 2010, just released last month and named MMX. As previous reviewer observed, the MMX means in roman numer 2010. So, Mindgames needed again a long time to release another album, almost 4 years but the expectation are very positive. This belgium band hit the top of the prog genre with Actors in aplay, with MMX the band manage to keep it big in neo prog filed. Same great atmosphere on entire album, good compositions, and above all a pleasent and surprisingly positive attitude on all pieces. Again they did it , maybe a little less convinceing then previous one, but for sure a good album all the way. Again the pieces are elaborated full of catchy interplay between musicians, very solid musicianship. Every pieces is a winner again, not a bad moment here, they tried and succeded again to come with a valueble album in this genre. A recommended release for sure who needs 4 star easy. Great band who desearve a wider recognition by all prog listners. I'm not sure this is a better album then Actors in a play but for sure is a very well played composed album, and a good candidate to the the best of 2010.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Actors In A Play by MINDGAMES album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.92 | 72 ratings

BUY
Actors In A Play
Mindgames Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars MIndgames is a neo prog band from Belgium , releasing so far 3 albums, this is their second one from 2006 named Actors in a play. The band needed some time to release a second album, after the good but little noticed first released in this field, Mindgames coming with a superb second album. To tell the truth I was very pleasent surprised and the result is very good. I know this band since 2008, I've listen then to this album and with the time I decided to check aswell their last one from 2010 aswell. Actors in a play is a very polished neo prog album with excellent musicianship and great ideas. As far as I see here this might be considered a concept album about different characters, each one present in each piece, and finaly got together in the last song Both Sides of the Show. The album is very well crafted, the skills of the musicians is awesome, the ideas are very strong and better that half the neo prog bands available on the market. The band grow a lot since their first album, with this Actors in a play they reach the peak of their career and for sure they reach a higher staus in neo prg field.Every pieces is a winner here, not a single weak moment, pieces like The Benefit of Anxiety or the superb The statue are perfect examples of this brilliant album. The guitar arrangemnts are almost perfect who interluded very well with the keyboards. The album is melodic full of catchy tunes, brilliant musicianship, and above all an excellent vocalist who doesn't try to sound like a Fish or IQ clone.Sometimes the voice is very theatrical , but fits very well in the context of the piece, also he has a very british tone of voice. The music is complex, much more complex and up tempo then on many neo prog releases, a lot of twists and turning moments in instrumental passages, not very often I can see that , specialy when I'm talking about a neo prog band, when many times the music is flat or linear most of the time. Excellent keyboard and guitar solos and some complex rhythms and beautiful breaks give to this album a lot of varation. So, Mingames and specially this album must be one of the best examples of greatness and intelligent progressive rock music from today. To me this is an excellent album full of surprises, highly recommended to all serious prog rock listners. One of the best neo prog albums ever created, at least from last decade. Great band that needs a wider recognition because they worth every second.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Actors In A Play by MINDGAMES album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.92 | 72 ratings

BUY
Actors In A Play
Mindgames Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Actors In A Play shows a vastly improvement over their debut three years before. Everything that album hinted and promised is fulfilled here. The songwriting is much more mature and developed than on International Daylight. Also the band is much more focused and tight. The only controvertial point are the vocals: Bart Schram has a high pitched voice that seems to be a mix of Geddy Lee (Rush), Aloisio Maggini (Clepsydra) and Jon Anderson (Yes). His vocal technique also evolved since their start, but clearly not for everyone´s taste. In my case, I think it works well for this kind of music.

Their music is a fine mix of symphonic prog (Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd), neo prog and some heavy elements (the influence of Rush is evident). The result is a very pleasant music, creative and appealing. there are no fillers and the six long compositions are quite uniform, with very few lows and lots of highs The musicanchip is excellent: all the guys in the band are skillful and the arrangements are very tasteful. And the right production only enhances their qualities. Nothing too original but very well done and the band is surely on its way to build up a very own sound if they keep developing this way.

My rating: something between 3,5 to four stars. I´ll round up to four this time because they did their homework. If you like melodic symphonic prog, or neo prog in general, this CD is recommended. I´m looking forward to hear their next releases.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 International Daylight by MINDGAMES album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.22 | 26 ratings

BUY
International Daylight
Mindgames Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Quite eclectic band, Mindgames. Those belgians are good indeed and show an willingness to experiment, something rarely seen on debut CDs. Of course this is not all successful. In fact they seem to be struggling to find their own sound quite early. And clearly, they haven´t. Don´t get me wrong, the sound is mostly good, done by expert musicians. There are some great keyboards and guitar passages. Bass and drums are great too. The singer has a voice that is definitly not everyone´s cup of tea (a bit too high, sometimes trying to emulate too much Jon Anderson, if you know what I mean). It´s a matter of taste. It does not bother me.

This is not your common neo prog. There are many elements from severalr sources, like jazz, prog metal, symphonic rock of the 70´s, Beatles and even some psychodelic rock here and there. The only problem I found on this CD are the tunes: although good, it is obvious that those guys could go much further if they had waited a little while to mature them before recording. As it is International Daylight proves to be more promising than fullfilling. On the other hand the production is excellent and the playing is also top notch.

The band would eventually find their own style by the time of their second release, the excellent Actors in A Play. All the right ingredients are here, but they were still trying the new formula. Good, ok, but not essential in any way. final rating: something between 2,5 and 3 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Thanks to ProgLucky; Atkingani for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.63 seconds