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Pagan’s Mind – Heavenly Ecstasy: Review

On May 20, the prog-power band Pagan’s Mind released their latest album entitled Heavenly Ecstasy. Unfortunately, there is very little of the title that is inaccurate to the albums contents; it is not too heavenly nor ecstatic. Being a prog-power release, I had hopes for this album. I must say, I am a little disappointed.

The Music (rating: B)

  1. Contact
  2. Eyes of Fire
  3. Intermission
  4. Into the Aftermath
  5. Walk Away in Silence
  6. Revelation to the End
  7. Follow Your Way
  8. Live Your Life Like a Dream
  9. The Master’s Voice
  10. Never Walk Alone
  11. When Angels Unite
  12. Create Your Destiny
  13. Power of Mindscape

Heavenly Ecstasy is a power metal album with a progressive touch. There are also elements of hard rock peppered throughout. One can of course expect powerful, high-pitched vocals in the mix with a hefty amount of double-bass drumming and hard-hitting riffs. Also, there are a couple softer, ballad sections tossed around the record. But basically, it is most of what one can expect from a slightly progressive power metal album.

There are many pros and cons to Heavenly Ecstasy. The instruments are decent for the most parts, but do have some skid marks here and there. The drumming, for instance, does not fulfill the maximum potential given to it at some parts. In the solo section in “Eyes of Fire,” the drumming follows a very simple and straight pattern for an overwhelming duration and it grows weary very quickly. Also, in “Intermission,” the drumming follows its shepherd guitar riff with no personality of its own. Such things as these do not always detract from the drums, but they certainly create limitations. Regarding the keyboards, the piano parts are very nicely done from start to end. However, the synthesizers come and go rather sporadically and uncomfortably. Sometimes they are heavy in the foreground, other times they are invisible. This works sometime, but in this case it feels rather unnatural. The vocals are very good for what power metal demands, but they are one-dimensional. They seem unable to present a softer, finer side, which comes back to bite them in the ballad. Also, there is some sort of effects growling in “Into the Aftermath” which really does not work well. But for the most part, they are strong and well-phrased, more than adequately meeting the demands of the genre. That goes for all instruments, in fact. Other than a few spots, they are quite good.

In Heavenly Ecstasy, the songwriting is also inconsistent. There are many well-written pieces, but there are also some highly generic ones (“Revelation to the End,” for example). Overall, the album is not too standout. It follows the prog-power style rather closely though incorporates elements from hard rock. The potential for uniqueness is unfortunately unreached in this album.

All in all, Heavenly Ecstasy is a decent album. It is not bad, but it surely has bad aspects to it. And to make matters worse, its negatives are scattered as opposed to localized. This adds an unwanted level of inconsistency to the album, which definitely hurts its overall quality more so. Additionally, it could use more depth to increase its value. But for what it is (a straight-up power-prog record), Heavenly Ecstasy is a decent, but not completely necessary, listen.

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