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   PAGAN'S MIND
Celestial Entrance
2002
Limb Music
http://www.pagansmind.com


rating: 5/5

1. Approaching
2. Through Osiris' Eyes
3. Entrance: Stargate
4. ...Of Epic Questions
5. Dimensions Of Fire
6. Dreamscape Lucidity
7. The Seven Sacred Promises
8. Back to the Magic of Childhood Pt. 1 -      Conception
9. Back to the Magic of Childhood Pt. 2 -      Exploring Life
10. In Brilliant White Light
11. Aegean Shores
12. The Prophecy Of Pleiades

"Celestial Entrance" indeed! Instead of viking/folk metal, what you might expect by the name of the band, Pagan's Mind is a six-piece progressive power metal band that hails from Norway. Mostly known for it's undying source of black metal acts, it's nice to see something different coming from Norway. Already their debut "Infinity Divine" was a great album, but with this one...prepare yourselves to be completely blown away. With this masterpiece they easily take a place on the frontrow of progressive/power metal. It has been said that they are the legitimate heirs to the TNT and Conception throne, but let me assure you, as much as I like Conception, Pagan's Mind is already way ahead. Think of something not quite as progressive as Dream Theater, not quite as dark as Evergrey and not quite as happy as Stratovarius, but a nice mix between these three. Then add a Crimson Glory-touch and you'll get Pagan's Mind.

Most of the songs last for over six minutes and the whole album lasts over 70 minutes, and it's all pure pleasure. There's not a single moment where it would get even remotely dull. No way. The album was produced by the band themselves with Fredrik Nordström and the sound is excellent. The band seems to have a lot of imagination in their reserves and the songs do progress and therefore aren't repetitive. The singer, Nils K. Rue, is very good, maybe a bit typical for power metal, but very good still and the keyboards create a spacey, at times a bit dream/crystalcave-like atmosphere throughout the album. All the players are very skilled but none of the soloing seem like meaningless show off. Many of the songs offer an alternation between slower and faster parts. Quite expectedly for this kind of band, there are long instrumental parts blended within the songs. I see no point highlighting any specific song on the album as they're all just amazing. The only little thing that bothers me a bit is that there seems to be a part on the epic "The Prophecy Of Pleiades" that sounds like it's borrowed from Dream Theater's "Learning to Live" and as I found out it was indeed the band paying homage to Dream Theater. Lyrically this is partly a concept album inspired by some of the theories by Erich von Däniken, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, the mystic parallels of the four religions and ideas launched by certain open-minded scientists throughout the world, as the band themselves put it.

For a change, the cover art seems to represent the music pretty well, at least for me it does. I don't think it's possible to ever get bored with this one as I've already listened it through a zillion times and still keep on yearning for more. All in all you get catchy beautiful melodies, majestic keyboards, stellar playing in general, high quality singing and finally heavy progressive metal! Definitely a must for every prog metal fan. This just might be the best album released in 2002, the majestic "Celestial Entrance"!

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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