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Review: Mind Odyssey - Time To Change It
Mind Odyssey
Time To Change It

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 44:41
Tracks: 10
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: April 16, 2009
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Time To Change It

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (8 Votes)

After taking responsibility of a unit rightfully in dire straits, Rage guitarist Victor Smolski's new and improved Mind Odyssey have undergone various alterations since he jumped on board, and despite surviving in the underground for a number of years, nothing seems to have come from their endeavors. With a switch to the venerable Napalm Records and seeing their back catalogue given a new lease of life, it looks like the German trio have reached an impasse, hence the title of their fifth full length, the disparaging Time To Change It.

While every element of their sound can be clearly defined within the genre's increasingly narrow parameters, Mind Odyssey's particular brand of melody-tinged Progressive Metal has always sounded like a poor-man's Tarot to these ears, which has slowly transposed into a beggar man's Rage since Smolski took hold of the reins. Vocalist Mario LeMole continues to whine over Smokski's grainy riffage like Peavy Wagner with his testicles being tickled by small woodland animals, and the static percussion from stickman Dan Uhden remains hidden behind a sheet of electronics and industrial synths during the pounding "Face in the Rain" and the Power Metal-esque "Raven and Swan". With a production that sounds like it was recorded with dishwater on the dial, Time To Change It doesn't have the most appeal compared to what the market is currently offering, but there are some extremely forgivable moments in the catchy "Final Fight" and the delicious "I Want It All", which, as the album's most straightforward endeavor, has the sharpest hook the band have ever crafted.

The trio as a whole put on a good show, and from time to time there are some real moments of crunchy Prog Metal perfection, but with a pace that rarely surpasses the mid-paced drawl of the opening pair, it looks like Mind Odyssey had their opportunity to revolutionize themselves and forgot to take it.

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