Pagan's Mind
Heavenly Ecstasy


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
May 30th, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: it isn't heavenly ecstasy, but it's still a solid release from an incredibly consistent progressive metal band.

In the past, Pagan’s Mind crafted practically ingenious songs that beautifully combined spacey atmospherics, crushing guitars, and superb musicianship. In their last two albums this trend continued, and proved Pagan’s Mind to be on top of their game, as well as on top of the progressive power metal scene. With their albums becoming much better with every release, it seemed that Heavenly Ecstasy would either be their magnum opus, or would completely disintegrate everything that the band was building up to becoming. Pagan’s Mind is a very solid band, after all, being able to release the same kind of album over and over again, with their music seeming surprisingly fresh every time. Now, with such consistent consistency, it would be expected for them to continue this trend, but unfortunately, Heavenly Ecstasy isn’t filled with as much ecstasy as we would have liked.

Heavenly Ecstasy is a hit or miss album to say the least, and this isn’t typical of the band. Generally, Pagan’s Mind albums are solid all the way through, but this album is prone to weaker songs. Of course, the album starts off perfect. With a short, spacey, intro track, it leads into ‘Intermission’, an instant Pagan’s Mind classic. Unfortunately, tracks such as ‘Intermission’ are sparse. Instead, we get songs that make it seem like Pagan’s Mind’s is running out of juice, and may be past their prime. The guitarist sounds bored this time, with furious noodling and incredible riffs only happening occasionally, while the rest of the time he focuses on melody. The band has always made great melodies, but with much less technicality, this is the band’s most mainstream release, which is both bad and good. The negative aspect is that the soundscape is less full and epic in scope, which is a very negative aspect indeed.

The one great aspect of the album is the focus on the lead singer’s vocals, which are as usual, stunningly fantastic. With the riffs playing simpler, the spacey keyboards less engrossing, and the drums with less complex rhythms, 100% of Nils K. Rue’s impressive vocals are allowed empty space to resonate in. The problem, though, is that too much space is left empty, and the band’s once impressive soundscape no longer impresses or draws attention. Sure, great melodies are still formed, but without the typically mesmerizing soundscape, they sound thin. Ultimately, this album is still great, but in comparison to their previous works, it ends as a bit of a disappointment.



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pizzamachine
May 30th 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album stream is available here: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/13

Blindsided
May 30th 2011


1871 Comments


Now, with such consistent consistency, it would be expected for them to continue this trend, but
unfortunately,Heavenly Ecstasyisn’t filled with as much ecstasy as we would have liked.


Missed a space.

The problem, though, is that too much space is left empty, and the band’s once impressive
soundscape no longer impresses or wows.


leaves the listener in awe - instead of wows?

Good review other than that but it reads like a 2.5 or 3 though.


pizzamachine
May 30th 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, fixed.

pizzamachine
May 30th 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One comment out of 132 views. I'm not feeling the love...

Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2011


7321 Comments


Great review. Quintessential Pizza. If only you had published it a week earlier - it's about time you got a feature. I think it's a wee bit too late now =(

pizzamachine
May 30th 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Irving! :D I was seriously hoping for that too, but c'est la vie.

Blindsided
May 31st 2011


1871 Comments


Have you never been featured?

pizzamachine
May 31st 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never had a review featured, not once.

Blindsided
May 31st 2011


1871 Comments


Out of 112 that's terrible. I've been featured twice, once with my ohGr review and then with my Cavo review a long time ago but I think only my ohGr review actually deserved it.

pizzamachine
May 31st 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool for you! Sometimes I think the mods hate me, but then I realize that I'm cool with Willie.

Blindsided
May 31st 2011


1871 Comments


I know he featured my ohGr review and I wanna say like De Sylvia featured the Cavo one way back.

Idk I think they have their hands full with the contribs and unless they actually read one of our reviews they'd never know if it's good, not saying they don't.

DoubtGin
June 17th 2011


6754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

eww

pizzamachine
June 17th 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I take it you don't like it?

Laymi
May 5th 2014


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why is this band not more popular? Miles ahead of all the shitty prog produced these days. The tapping solos on this are so cheesy yet so delicious.

Revelation to the End m/



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