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MIND'S EYE Walking on H20 Lion Music (2006)

Lion Music are now firmly established as one of the leading labels for all things melodic and metallic and this new one by Mind's Eye further reinforces this.

The album is a concept piece based on the band's thoughts on human evolution. After an intro of a teacher talking about human evolution we are off into one the best songs on the album the glorious 'A Rabbit In The Hat' lashings of keys and guitars make for a very enjoyable listen.

Mind's Eye successfully merge pomp rock with progressive rock and a dose of melodic rock. 'Equally Immortal' again sees the band mixing prog rock music with a very catchy, melodic filled chorus. They really hit their peak on the symphonic strains of 'Sahara In An Hourglass', this mixes eastern music with more keys (the keyboards on here a particular delight!).

For the real progressive moment the final track 'Poseidon Says' is a plethora of musical styles and time changes. Vocalist Andreas Novak is on fine form (his solo album from last year on MTM is well worth tracking down as well). The production is faultless as you'd expect from the experienced Daniel Flores (he appears on many other melodic rock album just check your inlay sleeve credits).

Highly recommended for lovers of melodic rock and progressive rock stands up to repeated plays and then some.

****½

Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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