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Judging by the cover, I assume the third Pagan's Mind album is influenced by Stargate. There's a picture of the giant cartouche (the one covered with hieroglyphics, and which makes it possible to dial in the address of the stargate) in the cover. The album itself is divided into two parts - the first five songs form the Enigmatic section and the Calling is formed of the latter six songs of the album. If I was to compare these sections with each other, I'd say the Calling part is more power metal influenced while the first Enigmatic part contains music more in the progressive metal vein.
The music on "Enigmatic : Calling" is a mixture of melodic progressive metal and power metal with some symphonic elements mixed in as well. Compared to their previous two albums, with this album Pagan's Mind has evolved musically to new heights. Nowadays their compositions sound more mature than before, and as a whole the album is very diverse (thus this album has a great relistening value). All the members contribute as profluent forces to the band's compositions - on one hand there's the guitarwork (catchy riffs and some great melodic leads in the vein of Steve Vai and the like) as well as some beautiful melodic keyboard parts and groovy rhythm section, but one shouldn't belittle the Singer, Nils K. Rue, who slightly reminds me of Geoff Tate... on this album he occasionally even uses effects in the vein of Khan (Kamelot). Overall, the material on this album is of really good quality.
This album was mixed at Fredman Studios by Fredrik Nordstr÷m and Patrik J. Steen. The sounds are nipping and atmospheric, thus contributing to the overall impression of the album. All in all, the production on "Enigmatic : Calling" is slick. This album is a must-have for all the fans of Pagan's Mind. In addition, I recommend it to the listeners of progressive metal bands such as Dream Theater and Queensr che as well as those of power metal bands in the vein of Kamelot, Vanden Plas and the like.
Release date: May 9th, 2005
There's a sample of "Enigmatic Mission" on the Limb Music Products website for you to listen.
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- MAGE (May 8th, 2005)
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