PAGAN'S MIND - God’s Equation

Pagan's Mind - God’s Equation

11 songs
60:08 minutes
***** **
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Someone once said that the Inuit people have thirty-seven or more words to describe the colour white. The same must apply to Norwegian prog metal band Pagan’s Mind when it comes to blue. Having changed hardly anything with their cover concept, it’s not that surprising that their fourth album can be seen as the logical of the preceding Enigmatic: Calling. I didn’t take the effort to relisten to their previous effort which was released more than two years ago, but I get the impression that they have become slightly more commercial, if you allow me to use that expression. The two two-minute instrumentals The Conception and Farewell have no other use than to bring the album to a running time of an hour, so we are left with eight original compositions and a cover version of Hallo Spaceboy from David Bowie’s Outside album from 1995, an interesting choice, considering that most artists most of the time only care for Bowie’s earlier material. This works well with the overall modern approach of songwriting and especially the concept which is about the origin and evolution of mankind, delivered in a new-agey sci-fi theme that is a bit too paranormal for my taste.

Main pillars of the band are still Nils K. Rue whose clear and powerful voice should make Pagan’s Mind a must-have for every melodic prog metal fan, and guitarist Jorn Viggo Lofstad who is always in best form when shredding, as on the harder Atomic Firelight. He was also in charge of the executive production, which probably means that the album sounds just the way it was supposed to. And that’s not a bad thing, and apart from the two uninteresting instrumentals, there are no fillers on God’s Equation. Unfortunately, the Norwegians don’t manage to have any outstanding material either on their new album. This makes God’s Equation a fairly good album, that also shouldn’t disappoint their regular fans, but those who are new to the band might not be as instantly converted as I was when I was introduced to their sublime Celestial Entrance in 2004.

God’s Equation is an above average contemporary melodic prog metal album, there is no disputing that fact. And even though I grant Pagan’s Mind the right to slow down a bit, I would have wished to have more highlights on the album, although their take on the Bowie song works really well with the interstellar concept.

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