|Review: Mind Colour - Mind Colour|
Label: Northwind Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: December 8, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)
Mind Colour are yet another slightly overlooked band on Northwind, and their striking debut is a album that demonstrates their abilities amply, but it offers that one elusive quality many Italian metal releases lack: promise. Not quite sure what they're up to at the moment, these Italian progsters had better get back at it quick, because with secure songwriting talents like these, Mind Colour could really carve a niche for themselves in this genre. Picture the scene: romantic lyrics, subtle melodies, warm production, cold expression. Three out of four? Not bad in my book. The coldness stems from the rather turgid pace the album offers - which is predominately slow-to-mid - creating brumal soundscapes that act more like freezing gulfs. Part of this is delivered by vocalist Raffaele De Lucia, whose style is somewhat Kiske-esque in its nature, but sticks to the mid-range too often, quashing his chances of a really touching performance. The music sticks to a Novact-like formula, with a nod to Icycore from time to time and a quirky character that often resembles a simpler Time Requiem at their calmest. The guitar work is particularly noticeable, because unlike most Italian metal acts, their execution is rather artistic, and some lead breaks and harmony duels - check out the middle section of the sprawling "Scent of Life" - are beautifully crafted. A bit hard on the old patience meter with most songs drawing out over seven minutes - though arguably, their talents lie in those instrumental sections - Mind Colour's debut is still a great start for the young Italians, and if they get their act together, a melodic prog metal masterpiece could very well be on the cards.
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