Release date: 20 May 2011
Style: Progressive metal, Power metal

Rating:

8.2 | 195 votes

Owners:

170 have it
34 want it


01. Contact
02. Eyes Of Fire
03. Intermission
04. Into The Aftermath
05. Walk Away In Silence
06. Revelation To The End
07. Follow Your Way
08. Live Your Life Like A Dream
09. The Master's Voice
10. Never Walk Alone
11. When Angels Unite
12. Create Your Destiny [limited edition bonus]
13. Power Of Mindscape [limited edition bonus]

Reviews (2)


Additional info
Release dates:
May 20 - Germany
May 23 - Rest of Europe
June - USA/Canada

Guest review by
Mountain King

Rating:
8.2
We are looking at the 5th studio release from my favorite Norwegian metal band, Pagan's Mind. After countless listens I'm completely convinced that Heavenly Ecstasy is my second favorite Pagan's Mind album; it just falls short of Celestial Entrance. The song titles look promising and the cover is a fresh change from the previous blue color that dominated the album art of its predecessors.

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published 07.10.2011 | Comments (6)

Staff review by
Milena

Rating:
8.8
Most acclaimed bands have moved away from power metal, either by simplifying their music and turning to hard rock, or by making their albums darker and more in the heavy metal or prog realm. I hate dividing music into "oldies" and "new stuff", but in this sub-genre, the cliché is true - new bands have turned it into a parody of itself - so dog-whistle vocals, guitar riffs and keyboard passages frillier than Rococo dresses are considered good examples of power metal. Since Pagan's Mind clearly show that it's possible to release power metal albums of very good quality in 2011, this is certainly a wake-up call to the rest of the flock to get their act together and release material at least a point lower, or on par with Heavenly Ecstasy.

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published 07.12.2011 | Comments (37)

Staff pick by
Lyrinan

18.07.2011 Need a quality melodic metal fix? Get this aptly titled album in your cd player right away and listen as Pagan's Mind puts to shame most recent releases in this genre. The band's high energy and immense skill has these beautiful harmonies and killer melodies under your skin in a hot second.

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BenWasHere - 18.12.2010 at 21:41  
Rating: 9 I absolutely can't wait for this album. I love this band.
libi - 11.02.2011 at 17:17  
Rating: 10 I really love neverending waiting for this album.
Luneth - 11.02.2011 at 18:46  
Rating: 9
Written by libi on 11.02.2011 at 17:17

I really love neverending waiting for this album.


Wasn't this announced less than a year ago...
libi - 21.02.2011 at 16:22  
Rating: 10 Official page: the wait is finally over... worldwide exclusive new song premiere march 02 2011
Introspekrieg - 22.03.2011 at 08:15  
  Updated, release dates and artwork announced. I'm hoping for the best...
Luneth - 22.03.2011 at 21:46  
Rating: 9 Album art looks awesome.
R'Vannith - 23.03.2011 at 05:53  
Rating: 10 Incidentally it's also the first album cover which isn't mostly blue in colour, perhaps a sign of fresh things to come?
powa_emanuel - 08.05.2011 at 01:04  
Rating: 8
Written by R'Vannith on 23.03.2011 at 05:53

Incidentally it's also the first album cover which isn't mostly blue in colour, perhaps a sign of fresh things to come?


I think exactly the same as you.
strade - 22.05.2011 at 00:31  
Rating: 8 Oh my freaking god. Seriously... just... wow.
Hughes - 22.05.2011 at 12:34  
Rating: 10
Written by strade on 22.05.2011 at 00:31

Oh my freaking god. Seriously... just... wow.

My exact thoughts when i first heard the album Need to listen some more times to come to a conclusive rating.
Keitaro333 - 23.05.2011 at 19:36  
  Awesome album
R'Vannith - 24.05.2011 at 16:06  
Rating: 10 It's clear the band put a lot of effort into this one and it paid off I think. I'd say this is even better than 'Enigmatic: Calling', perhaps lacking a little in progressive elements but making up for it in overall consistency. All the songs stand out for me, possibly their best album yet!
Pyramid God - 25.05.2011 at 16:34  
Rating: 9 Oh man, how have I never heard of this band =/

I'll be buying this the second it hits in the US. Amazing music.
Introspekrieg - 25.05.2011 at 19:19  
 
Written by Pyramid God on 25.05.2011 at 16:34

Oh man, how have I never heard of this band =/

I'll be buying this the second it hits in the US. Amazing music.


If you haven't heard their album "Celestial Entrance" yet... you really should. It's very Dream Theater derivative at times, but ascends beyond that level. I would even go as far as to say it's a landmark in the genre.

This album is nice too, very straightforward but interesting still. We will see how this one holds...
Pyramid God - 26.05.2011 at 01:52  
Rating: 9
Written by Introspekrieg on 25.05.2011 at 19:19

Written by Pyramid God on 25.05.2011 at 16:34

Oh man, how have I never heard of this band =/

I'll be buying this the second it hits in the US. Amazing music.


If you haven't heard their album "Celestial Entrance" yet... you really should. It's very Dream Theater derivative at times, but ascends beyond that level. I would even go as far as to say it's a landmark in the genre.

This album is nice too, very straightforward but interesting still. We will see how this one holds...



I heard one song off this new album and it was enough to make me a fan. I have their entire discography on wishlist and I'm probably gonna start with the 4 album digital bonus and dive right in. I love this type of music!!
MetalSpider - 28.05.2011 at 02:56  
  After first listen, its a great album! It started out strong, got a little weaker in the middle, then picked up again near the end. I'll have to listen to it again, eventually.
atkmetal123 - 28.05.2011 at 08:05  
Rating: 10 Outstanding!:banger::banger::banger:
Maelgron - 29.05.2011 at 12:14  
 
Pyramid God - 05.06.2011 at 22:09  
Rating: 9 Finally picked it up. Its a bit heavier than older stuff but just as good. That these guys toil in near obscurity and Dream Theater (of which I am also a huge fan) get all the prog nerd cred is a travesty. Great band great album.
Super_Greg - 13.06.2011 at 19:52  
Rating: 9 This album saved prog/power metal for me.
JÄY - 26.06.2011 at 16:33  
 
Written by atkmetal123 on 28.05.2011 at 08:05

Outstanding!:banger::banger::banger:

well said
Susan - 28.06.2011 at 21:16  
Rating: 9 Wow. Sweet. I've actually never heard this band before but I'm going to set about getting to know them real quick after loving Heavenly Ecstasy. This album slays all other power metal (and half the prog) released so far this year.
strade - 30.06.2011 at 03:07  
Rating: 8 God, I hate people.
beyondtehdarksun - 21.07.2011 at 22:59  
Rating: 5 Just listened to it and I don't get the hype...
Mountain King - 06.08.2011 at 19:34  
  Eyes Of Fire and Revelation To The End sound so good to me till now...Great songs
Mountain King - 18.08.2011 at 18:43  
  And Follow Your Way...
Fat & Sassy! - 06.09.2011 at 11:28  
Rating: 8 Welp, I guess this will have to tide me over until Circus Maximus gets their shit together and puts out their upcoming album. >_>
Fat & Sassy! - 08.09.2011 at 21:55  
Rating: 8
Written by Introspekrieg on 25.05.2011 at 19:19

If you haven't heard their album "Celestial Entrance" yet... you really should. It's very Dream Theater derivative at times, but ascends beyond that level. I would even go as far as to say it's a landmark in the genre.


This album def has it's Images and Words moments, and if this other one you mentioned is even more like that... I'll certainly be checking that one out also.

Anyway, there always seems to be something interesting going on during this album... Which is a rarity for most music, let alone power metal. In other words, I'm liking this much more than Iconoclast.
Garth Vader - 02.10.2011 at 02:06  
Rating: 10 There are definitely DT moments on the first few discs, but I think PM is more consistent in composition and always leaves me wanting more. News of a fresh PM release always and without fail gets me licking my chops months and months ahead of the availability and I can say that of very few bands indeed! Maybe Scar Symmetry. I initially rated this album a 9, but after a dozen or more listens since I have realized that it has grown on me in ways I didn't expect and I now must move it closer to a 10. If only there were smaller rating increments...
Destructo - 14.12.2011 at 16:44  
Rating: 8 Slightly on the longer side, but just quality all through.
The Norseman - 07.03.2012 at 12:30  
Rating: 7 Ok, I already gave enough rotations to this album.

This was probably the 2nd album I liked less from the 2012 power metal nominees.

It's not bad but it's not good either... it sounds really little above average to me. Still, I love the song "Power Of Mindscape", really love it.

Even the official single "Intermission" it's nice but it's not amazing.

I wasn't dissapointed or felt my time lost but it's not an album I'll want to hear again in the future.
neonxaos - 14.06.2012 at 22:02  
Rating: 9 I have taken a very long time to understand this album. At first, it didn't really register in my brain. For a long time, I thought the songs were actually by Anubis Gate when they popped up in my playlist. But the thing is, they always made me sit up and take notice. Catchy, but not the kind of catchy that gets boring after a short while. And when you listen closer, you notice the extreme technical prowess on display. After going "oh MAN, who did this song?" fifty times and discovering that is was PM (and this particular album) every time, I bow my head and recognize the genius.
LeKiwi - 04.01.2014 at 17:11  
  For power metal, this is really awesome Absence of those hackneyed cheese-riffs and heavy as hell; at least so far

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