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Pagan's Mind - Enigmatic Calling - 2005 - SPV

Track Listing
1. Celestine Prophecy, The
2. Enigmatic Mission
3. Supremacy, Our Kind
4. Entrance To Infinity
5. Coming Home
6. Celestial Calling
7. Taken
8. Resurrection (Back In Time)
9. Appearance
10. Search For Life
11. New World Order
After three years of wait, the follow up to the critically accalimed progressive opus named "Celestial Entrance" is here. Often when an album is forced to follow such an album it is inevitably a disappointment, but I'm happy to say that it's not the case here. Fan's of the band and progressive in general should not be disappointed with what they find.

"Enigmatic Calling" continues to forge on in their own sound while still remaining creative and building on what they've already done. The soaring vocals are as strong as ever and layed over constantly changing yet heavy and well structured songs. While many progressive bands are content to emulate what other prog bands like Queensryche and Dream Theater have done, Pagan's Mind sets themselves apart as a true force in the genre. The songs are technical, but not just for the sake of it, and retain a certain catchy heavyness. Most of all they don't get too bogged down in experimenting and keep things metal and somewhat accessible. If more progressive was up to this level I would like the genre a whole lot more. This is just a good show of innovation without overdoing it.

Highlights: Entrance To Infinity, Supremacy Our Kind, Celestial Calling, New World Order

Rating 4.0/5.0



--Stygian Steel 10.21.05
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: PAGAN'S MIND
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TITLE BAND
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REVIEWER DATE
Enigmatic CallingPagan's Mind
2005
Stygian Steel10/28/2005


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Pagan's Mind pt 1Pagan's MindEtiam8/3/2010
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