Dear readers, this is a milestone. Tonight is the third time Iíve reviewed a Paganís Mind album. No, Iíve never reviewed more than two albums of a band. Normally I use the space on top of a review to introduce the artist, but does Paganís Mind really still need introduction? ÖLet me get back to you on that. I bet youíre wondering why Godís Equation should be so special.
Laugh that thought away, Ďcause Iím staring at you in disbelief right now.
Paganís Mind continue right up their alley with catchy, yet complicated songs that combine the best of both power and progressive metal. After the atmospheric intro The Conception, The brilliant Godís Equation is a pounding opener for this fourth opus. Such is the case with Paganís Mind. They know how to combine heavy and melodic metal in a way other bands can only dream of.
The perfect example for that is Atomic Firelight. This ground-razing track starts off fast and aggressive with thrashy drums, then immediately runs you over with distorted vocals. And what to think of the slow, dreamy Painted Skies that erupts in a battering blast fest near the end? Honestly, the surprises on this album are countless. We come across guitar solos that could have been written for a Rage Against The Machine record, for example. The poetic crossing of chaotic ranting like that into a melodic guitar solo, like in Painted Skies, forced a shiver down my spine. Fantastic. The best thing about it all is that Paganís Mind have set a new standard for their extremes when it comes to expanding the line between melody and aggressiveness. That which is melodic could become a tremor of pounding anger in a minute. You just have to admire the fact that it all comes so natural to them.
But not all that glitters, is gold. There is one song on this album whichís place on the disc is questionable. Dedicated fans will immediately know Iím talking about United Alliance. What the hell is this song doing on a progressive metal album? Itís exhaling the stench of commercialism and looks like the gate to the big money, a backstab to the world of progpower! United Alliance is a catchy, melodic song that has nothing of the complexity weíre used to of Paganís Mind.
And thatís exactly what makes it so great, so fantastic. Genius, even. Yes, itís relatively simple, yes, it is fit for a wider audience. But does it make the song less good? Hell, no! Itís got power, soul and melodyÖ It completely blew me away when I first heard it.
I see Iím running out of space here. I havenít even talked about the impressive David Bowie cover Hallo Spaceboy, the epic Oriris' Triumphant Return or the intriguing Spirit Starcruiser. Thereís so much I could talk about when it comes to disc, but I wonít keep you from running to the record store any longer. Ah, I nearly forgot. About that short band introductionÖ
Formed in 2000, ruling in 2007.
2. God's Equation
3. United Alliance
4. Atomic Firelight
5. Hallo Spaceboy
6. Evolution Exceed
7. Alien Kamikaze
8. Painted Skies
9. Spirit Starcruiser
11. Osiris' Triumphant Return
Ronny Tegner - keyboards
Nils K. Rue - vocals
Stian Kristoffersen - drums
Jorn Viggo Lofstad - guitars