Pagan’s Mind – Heavenly Ecstasy

Pagan’s Mind is a Norweigan progressive metal band founded in 2000. Their present lineup is Kils K. Rue (vocals), Jørn Viggo Lofstad (guitar), Steinar Krokmo (bass), Stian Kristoffersen (drums) and Ronny Tegner (keyboards). This album is entitled Heavenly Ecstasy, their first since 2007, and it delivers an invigorating metal sound.

The instrumentation is melodic and very well done, with strong percussion and keyboard that accentuates and defines the robust guitar work. At times, the keyboarding reminds me of old school videogame music, and makes an interesting transition into a heavy guitar riff. The vocals are especially interesting and well done to the point of being out of place for a metal album. Their singer can sing! There is no growling or screaming to be heard, and every word is intelligible. This is enjoyable, non-repetitive metal and it will leave you longing for more.

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