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Destiny? is Mystery's second full length album and in many ways it continues on where their debut album left off. However, this album is more progressive, and is also (at least partly) closer to (early) Prog Metal and (harder-edged) Neo-Prog. Like on Theatre Of The Mind, the lead vocals of Gary Savoie are once again uncannily similar to those of Steve Perry of Journey. Many aspects of the music itself also still reminds heavily of that band. But it is also possible to detect similarities to Rush and Queensryche (among others) this time around. The few brief spoken word passages gives the album a slight conceptual feel.

While some songs here would have fitted perfectly on the debut (and vice versa), songs like the 15 minute plus closer Shadow Of The Lake is a lot more ambitious than anything from that first album. There is once again an appealing mix here between ballads and rockers, and between electric and acoustic instruments and the music is very well written, performed, and recorded. Admitedly, coming from 1998, it does feel somewhat dated at times (especially having in mind the new generation of good bands that emerged in the late 80's and early 90's like Dream Theater). But I enjoy this music, and I'm sure that many other Prog fans could like it too.

After this album, Mystery would sadly disappear for a very long time, re-emerging only in 2007 with a new album, featuring a new vocalist, and a new style. Destiny? remains the best representative of the band's early period (but Theatre Of The Mind should not be overlooked!).

Very good!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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