The mighty prog/power metal heroes that are Pagan’s Mind have come back in 2011 with the finest album of their career. Heavenly Ecstasy is jammed full of shredding guitar hooks, keyboard riffs, blasting rhythm sections and Nils’s insane whaling voice which presents an album in a whole different league to what you have heard before. You like about previous Pagan’s Mind albums is still present on Heavenly Ecstasy, but with a heavier and faster approach to this album, Pagan’s Mind have been able to pay off all those years of toiling work.
Heavenly Ecstasy is all killer and no filler, showing that Pagan’s Mind really know how to write a kick ass metal tune, and write it so that it’s catchy, heavy and above all gig worthy. Every single track on this album could be used as a radio single and could be played live as they are capable of getting any metal fan to bang their head, punch their fist into the air and sing along to. The opening tracks on this album are grouped together excellently. ‘Eyes of Fire’, ‘Intermission’, ‘Into the Aftermath’ and ‘Walk Away in Silence’ starting off with a oriental sounding keyboard riff, then moving onto two very heavy prog rock tracks, only to move on a very reflective and tuneful hard rock anthem.
The musicianship on Heavenly Ecstasy is amazing. The keyboard, guitar and especially the vocal parts show just how talented metal musicians can be. All throughout the album you just keep repeating to yourself, how insane is that riff, how good is that guys voice, how brain melting was that bass groove, it just reeks of great song writing skills and superb skill on each instrument. Tracks like ‘The Master
’s Voice’ and ‘Follow your way’ are prime examples of where the musicianship shines, as each instrument has their own time to off and caress the listeners ear drum with musical mastery.
When you get past the topless angel
on the front cover of Heavenly Ecstasy (Jesus guys, what is your obsession with boobs!) you are presented with eleven tracks in the standard edition and thirteen in the deluxe digipack, but to be perfectly honest, the best songs are on the standard edition, and you have enough solid tunes to listen to without spending extra money on bonus tracks ‘Create Your Destiny’ and ‘Power of Mindscape’. As good as these two tracks are, they don’t live up to the epic scale of the rest of the album.
Heavenly Ecstasy will most definitely make an impression on any metal head. It’s diversity, catchiness and pure heaviness really makes Heavenly Ecstasy one of the best albums of 2011 thus far!