From the moment I first laid ears on the debut of the Norwegian Powerprog band Pagan’s Mind, ‘Infinity Divine’, I didn’t know what to think. When it finally struck me that this was something special, I was anxious to see what this band would bring us with future albums.
With ‘Celestial Entrance’, their 2003 album, they brought a good album, too, but it only fed my desire to hear their announced upcoming 2005 release, ‘Enigmatic : Calling’.
After hearing the record, I’ll be analysing it right here, with just one question that I want to answer now. Is this a masterpiece or not?
The first thing you hear while playing the opener ‘Celestine Prophecy’, is silence. After that, subtile synthesizer samples bring the mystical atmosphere we’re used of Pagan’s Mind…
And because I had turned my volume up a bit more, I was absolutely thunderstruck by the pumping bass that came just crashing out, storming my metal-hungry appetite. Yes, this was definitely a great opener, that energy, power and melody… it just can’t get any better than this.
Nils’ vocals haven’t really changed since the first record, but big deal, he doesn’t need to change! He still has the same enchanting, powerful, I-can-reach-all-notes perfect voice.
For the video, they chose the technical ‘Enigmatic Mission’, which is indeed one of the best songs on the album to make a video for. What energy that song contains!
And what about the excellent instrumental ‘Coming Home’, of which the keyboard parts reminded me a lot of X-Japan, the with thrash-elements drenched bombardment of ‘Celestial Calling’ or the thunderous ‘New World Order’ which is a magical end to ‘Enigmatic : Calling’.
As we are used of Pagan’s Mind, the lyrics ask this one question; did we really evolve the way we believe to have evolved, or are we the product of a visiting alien race? Divinity galore!
This record combines speed, melody and power to one brilliant mix which is really a must-have for every fan of the powerprog / progpower genre.
So, to answer the one question: This is very close to being a masterpiece! If you don’t buy this disk, you’ll lose your hair in less than a week because of the lack of headbanging!