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MYSTIC FORCE is a progressive power metal band, formed in 1983 in Baltimore, Maryland USA. Since then, a lot of line-up changes, 3 demos between 1987 and 1989 and an EP ('Take Command') followed before they signed to the British CMFT Records which released their first official compilation 'Take Command - The Demo Years' in 1990, including the tracks from their first demo and the 1989 EP. From that release onwards the line-up remained constant until 1995 with Keith MENSER on bass (ICED EARTH, TWILIGHT KINGDOM, DELUSION), singer Bobby HICKS (CRYPTAMERIA), guitarist Rich DAVIS (SHIFT) and drummer Chris LEMBACH (SHIFT, ex-REIGNSTORM). Their debut album 'Shipwrecked with the Wicked' came in 1990 by Siegen Records. After signing to the German Rising Sun Records they released 'Eternal Quest' in 1993 and 'A Step Beyond' in 1995, which was meant to be the last with vocalist Bobby HICKS.

William WREN was introduced as a new singer, replacing HICKS and a 7-track EP (including 3 covers) was produced, entitled 'Steps to a New Machine', which was released by the Greek magazine Metal Invader in 2000. This was followed by the album 'Man vs. Machine' in 2001 that finds them partnering again with Siegen Records. Following a long period of inactivity, MYSTIC FORCE would reunite in 2010 featuring MENSER, DAVIS and WREN, while Allen BRUNELLE would join them in 2012. They embarked on the 'Take Command' tour in the same year and preparing for a new album while Siegen Records re-released their first official compilation with bonus tracks.

MYSTIC FORCE's sound resembles that of the 80's American power/progressive metal scene such as QUEENSRYCHE, HEIR APPARENT and FATES WARNING but also early IRON MAIDEN.

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Shipwrecked With the Wicked
1990
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Eternal Quest
1993
2.98 | 3 ratings
A Step Beyond
1995
4.00 | 1 ratings
Man vs. Machine
2001

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Take Command - The Demo Years
1990

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Mystic Force
1987
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Blind Vision
1988
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Shipwrecked With the Wicked
1989
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Take Command
1989
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Shipwrecked With the Wicked
1989
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1991
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1992
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Steps to a New Machine
2000

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 Man vs. Machine by MYSTIC FORCE album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Man vs. Machine
Mystic Force Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
4 stars "Man VS Machine" is the 4th full-length studio album by US power/progressive metal act Mystic Force. The album was released through Siegen Records in 2001. It had been 6 years since the release of their 3rd full-length studio album "A Step Beyond (1995)" and a lineup change on the lead vocalist spot had taken place as Bobby Hicks has been replaced by William Wren. The latter was also the featured lead vocalist on the "Steps to a New Machine" EP from 2000. The four original tracks (The EP also included a couple of cover tracks) are included on "Man VS Machine".

Mystic Force have always belonged to the semi-progressive US power metal camp and acts like Queensr˙che, Fates Warning, Heir Apparent and Sanctuary are valid references. However with each release they incorporated more and more progressive elements to their sound, and that culminates on "Man VS Machine", which was by far their most progressive offering up until then. The influences from especially Queensr˙che (their most progressive releases from the late eighties) are still strong, but Mystic Force are generally a heavier beast and it's not unusual for their music to include harder edged US power/thrash oriented metal riffing. Lead vocalist William Wren has a voice and a singing style that reminds me of Geoff Tate (Queensr˙che) and sometimes Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Redemption). A very skilled singer with a strong voice.

"Man VS Machine" is a strong album throughout. Each track stand out as memorable and catchy, the sound production is professional and powerful and the musicianship is oustanding. The tracks aren't overtly progressive in structure, but while they mostly follow a vers/chorus formula, Mystic Force successfully make sure to include compositional surprises to keep their music entertaining. At 62:26 minutes it's a rather long album but it's one of those rare releases with a long playing time that doesn't feel long because there are no low points. It's consistently great all the way through and as a consequence a 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

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 A Step Beyond by MYSTIC FORCE album cover Studio Album, 1995
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A Step Beyond
Mystic Force Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "A Step Beyond" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US power/progressive metal act Mystic Force. The album was released through Rising Sun Records in 1995. This is the first album by the band, not featuring recordings from previous releases. Both "Shipwrecked with the Wicked (1990)" and "The Eternal Quest (1993)" featured recordings from different sessions.

The music on "A Step Beyond" takes a slightly more progressive direction than was the case with "The Eternal Quest (1993)", which had already taken on a more progressive direction compared to "Shipwrecked with the Wicked (1990)". Still the music is heavily rooted in eighties US power metal and the progressive part of the band´s sound is only occasionally dominant. Tracks like "The Conquest" and "The Innerchild" are examples of the progressive side of the band´s sound. Quite a few of the tracks are more heavy/semi thrashy/harder edged and direct in nature though. "Far Away" is probably the odd song out on the album. It´s a power ballad type track with a mainstream oriented chorus.

The musicianship is strong. Bobby Hicks is a skilled vocalist and the instrumental part of the music is also very well played. The sound production leaves a bit to be desired and the songwriting isn´t that memorable either though, so not everything on the album are top notch. I still think a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is deserved but I do prefer Mystic Force when they played a more "straight" US power metal style.

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 The Eternal Quest by MYSTIC FORCE album cover Studio Album, 1993
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The Eternal Quest
Mystic Force Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
3 stars "The Eternal Quest" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US power/progressive metal act Mystic Force. The album was released through Rising Sun Records in 1993. The band´s debut full-length studio album "Shipwrecked with the Wicked (1990)" was a bit of a patchy affair with tracks recorded at three different sessions and that trend continues on "The Eternal Quest", which is bookended by two tracks from the debut album.

Other than that we´re presented with new material, which is pretty obvious because the two "older" tracks are in a US power metal style while the rest of the material are more progressive in nature. The band master both styles with great conviction though. In fact Mystic Force are a very well playing act. High pitched vocals delivered with great skill, a powerful and tight rythm section and some very skillfully played guitar work (both rythm and lead). Artists like Queensr˙che, Fates Warning and Crimson Glory are valid references. While the music undeniably features a progressive edge, we´re talking "regular" length tracks, and you shouldn´t expect longer instrumental sections either. Considering that "The Eternal Quest" was released in 1993, it´s actually rather old school/traditional progressive metal sounding and could easily have been released in the mid- to late eighties.

The sound production is decent, but lacks slightly in the power department. It´s a minor issue though and along with the slight stylistic inconsistency of the material, that´s about the only complaints I have with the album. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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 Shipwrecked With the Wicked by MYSTIC FORCE album cover Studio Album, 1990
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Shipwrecked With the Wicked
Mystic Force Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
3 stars "Shipwrecked with the Wicked" is the debut full-length studio album by US power metal act Mystic Force. The album was released through Siegen Records in 1990. "Shipwrecked with the Wicked" is a bit of an odd release really, as it´s more of a compilation than an actual full-length studio release. There are 7 tracks on the album and 4 of those tracks are also featured on the "Take Command (1989)" EP in the exact same versions. Then there are two new studio recordings in the title track and "Eternal Quest" and to close the album the track "Who Really Gives A...", which features a rehearsal room lo-fi sound quality and which probably should be regarded as a "fun track".

So if you already have the "Take Command (1989)" EP or the "Take Command - The Demo Years (1990)" compilation, where the tracks from the EP are also featured, "Shipwrecked with the Wicked" offers little new of real value.

There´s absolutely nothing wrong with the quality of the music though (besides the not so professional sound production on "Who Really Gives A..."). We´re talking very well played US power metal with an occasional semi-progressive edge. Not too far removed from early Queensr˙che, Fates Warning or Crimson Glory. High pitched vocals, blistering lead guitar work, edgy riffing and a powerful tight rythm section. The odd nature of the album, with tracks from three different sessions, isn´t great for the consistency of the album though and at 34:43 minutes, "Shipwrecked with the Wicked" isn´t the longest album either, but overall it´s still a pretty great release deserving a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating.

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 Take Command - The Demo Years by MYSTIC FORCE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
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Take Command - The Demo Years
Mystic Force Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
3 stars "Take Command - The Demo Years" is a vinyl only compilation release by US power metal act Mystic Force. The compilation was released through C.M.F.T. Records in 1990. "Take Command - The Demo Years" features all four tracks from the "Mystic Force (1987)" demo and all four tracks from the "Take Command (1989)" EP. They are presented here in a historical wrong order with the tracks from the "Take Command (1989)" EP first followed by the tracks from the "Mystic Force (1987)" demo. As the two original releases are very rare items, this compilation was shortly a good way to get a hold of the tracks from those releases (it should be noted though that the tracks from the "Take Command (1989)" EP are also featured on the band´s debut full-length studio album "Shipwrecked with the Wicked (1990)"). These days "Take Command - The Demo Years" is probably as rare as the original releases though.

The band play a US power metal style with nods toward traditional progressive metal not completely unlike artists like Queensr˙che, Fates Warning and Lethal. The tracks from the "Take Command (1989)" EP feature a semi-progressive edge while the tracks from the "Mystic Force (1987)" demo are more "straight" US power metal. The sound production on both releases were of good quality for the time and the musicianship excellent. Heavy riffing, blistering solo work, high pitched clean vocals and a tight playing rythm section. In other words: Quality US power metal.

Considering how rare the original releases were (and still are), the idea to release "Take Command - The Demo Years" was good. The compilation has successfully served the purpose of making rare material more available instead of being just another "best-of" compilation type release. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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 Take Command by MYSTIC FORCE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1989
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Take Command
Mystic Force Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
3 stars "Take Command" is a self-released 1989 EP by US power metal act Mystic Force. The lineup is the same as the lineup that recorded the three preceeding demos. The 4 tracks on the EP are also featured on the "Take Command - The Demo Years (1990)" compilation album and on the band´s debut full-length studio album "Shipwrecked with the Wicked (1990)".

The band play traditional US power metal with slight nods toward traditional progressive metal in the vein of Queensr˙che, Fates warning and Lethal. The tracks are cleverly composed and technically well played. Especially the title track is worth a mention. While the music isn´t overtly progressive it´s obvious that the band are aiming at moving in that direction. The sound production is powerful but not perfect to my ears.

Mystic Force are an exceptionally well playing act and especially guitarist Rich Davis deserves a mention for his powerful and intriguing playing. His solos are simply superb. Varied and challenging. The high pitched vocal delivery by Bobby Hicks and the skilled and tight rythm section of drummer Chris Lembach and bassist Keith Menser (also keyboards), also deserve a mention though.

To be honest I enjoyed the more direct musical approach of the demos more than the semi- progressive nature of "Take Command", but I never deny quality and "Take Command" is a quality release deserving a 3.5 star (70%) rating.

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 Mystic Force by MYSTIC FORCE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1987
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Mystic Force Progressive Metal

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— First review of this album —
3 stars "Mystic Force" is a cassette tape demo release by US power metal act Mystic Force. It´s a self-released affair, featuring 4 tracks and a full playing time of 16:29 minutes. The Baltimore, Maryland based act were formed in 1983 and released a couple of demos and EPs before releasing their debut full-length studio album "Shipwrecked with the Wicked" in 1990. This demo is their first release. The tracks from the demo are also featured on the "Take Command - The Demo Years (1990)" compilation (on vinyl) along with the tracks from the "Take Command (1989)" EP.

The music on the demo is US power metal with high pitched clean vocals, edgy heavy metal/semi- thrashy riffing, shredding melodic guitar solos and a powerful pounding rythm section. Early albums by artists like Queensr˙che, Fates Warning and Heir Apparent are valid references. The progressive elements that the band would incorporate to their music later in their career are not present on this demo. The tracks are very well written, memorable and delivered with great conviction. The sound production is professional and powerful. It´s not obvious that this is a demo recording. Considering that this demo was released in 1987, quite a few studio releases from those days feature a sound production that don´t match this one.

This is not just a promising first release, this is a great release in it´s own right and could well have been released as an EP instead of a demo. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved.

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 A Step Beyond by MYSTIC FORCE album cover Studio Album, 1995
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A Step Beyond
Mystic Force Progressive Metal

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3 stars If only this was 10 years earlier...

''A Step Beyond'' was Mystic Force's last release in the 90's and the last with Bobby Hicks on vocals, who sadly passed away in March 2013 at the age of 52 after there had been a number of failed attempts to re-unite the original 90-95 line-up of the band. Mystic Force, even before his death, had achieved a cult status among the metal circles. Their style of epic/power/progressive metal with the added touch of quirkiness has made them one of the most sought after in the underground scene.

Possibly the reason for not achieving fame in the 90's was the unconventional path they chose to take in their sound - as everyone was evolving away from standard patterns, high-pitched 80's vocals and introducing keyboards, Mystic Force decided to go with the well-known recipe: traditional riff-fueled power/progressive metal. ''A Step Beyond'' sounds as if it's coming straight from the 80's, part of the American power metal movement late in that decade. They definitely though diverted away from the pack in the sense that, rather than going down the speed metal route, they decided to enrich their sound with odd-time signatures, majestic mid-tempo riffs with an epic feeling; imagine something between Fates Warning's ''Awaken the Guardian'' and Heir Apparent's debut. Acoustic guitars, high-pitched vocals, solid power metal and totally-guitar driven progressive songwriting; no keyboards here (albeit a small surprise in the end), just pure riff power.

The classic heavy metal elements are also strong and there might be (limited) passages in the album that will question their progressive character (e.g. the hard-rock driven Love Hates Loves Desire). The majority of the album sounds dated, as we are indeed in 1995 and not 1985 - we would be talking about a cornerstone of progressive metal otherwise. The compositions are mostly technical with a plethora of majestic power metal riffs but the band almost intentionally introduces a dose of obscurity that makes this album difficult to digest (not necessarily a bad thing for many). However, they had left the best for the end as Nothing is Forever, after a 3 minute beautiful proggy acoustic theme and a 2-minute silence, introduces an exciting 7-minute of so (hidden) out-of-this-world progressive metal sequence of which many bands of the 90's would be jealous; oh, and a glimpse of keyboards comes to provide the melodic finishing in the last couple of minutes.

By 1995 the world had progressed but Mystic Force had decided to produce a solid power/progressive metal album out of the 80's. For lovers of the early period of Fates Warning, this will be like bread-and-butter, for the rest I would suggest a sneak preview of the highlights, but would not recommend this to anyone who is cautious of entering the metal spheres...

Highlights: Among Infinity, Love Hates Loves Desire, Nothing is Forever

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