Power of Metal.dk Review

The Way It Should Be
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 11 December, 2013
Playing time: 66:29

Progressive metal is a term you can put on a lot of bands nowadays. Most of the readers will immediately think of music in the style of Dream Theater. For me progressive more stands for diversity and change. This Dutch band Mind:Soul shows us a musical pallet in which they differ and vary a lot.

Main man behind this band is Tom de Wit (vocals, guitars, synths and orchestra). A lot of songs are written by Tom, but half of the songs with the help of the other musicians. The vocals on this album are clean ones for most parts, but some songs have occasional heavier grunting ones too. Several parts are rather heavy, but on the other hand there are lots of quieter serene parts as well. Compared with their EP 'Patterns' the clean singing has improved a lot and the harsh grunting ones don't irritate at all.

Does Mind:Soul play an original style of music? Well, to be original nowadays isn't easy and they aren't either, but they have succeed in combining elements of different bands and melting them into a logical piece of music and not creating a mess. In "Novea" you hear Dream Theater influences and in "Pillow Talk" the band Shadow Gallery isn't far away. "I Tried to Help" has so many different influences that I don't even know where to start, Shadow Gallery, Dream Theater, a spoken kind of Faith No More part and heavy death metal pieces. In other songs they lend from Pain of Salvation or Porcupine Tree. The lyrical concept of the album is about love, hate, desire and disappointment and must be recognizable for lots of divorsed people.

If you are looking for a diverse album with real heavy parts, but also with typical progressive rock/metal influences this is an album you have to check out for certain.

01. Breakpoint Hour
Sequence # 1 (Post-Utopian)
Pillow Talk
Drown Together
Sequence # 2 (Post-Dystopian)
I Tried to Help
Sequence # 3 (Embrace of Liberation)
11. Forever
12. Sequence # 4 (Mind Reset)
13. One Night Alone 
Label: Layered Reality Productions
Distribution: Layered Reality Productions
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 25 January, 2014
Website: www.mindsoul.nl