|Review: Mind's Eye - A Gentleman's Hurricane|
|A Gentleman's Hurricane|
Label: Lion Music
Year released: 2007
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: April 6, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:A Gentleman's Hurricane
Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)
A Gentleman's Hurricane is the fifth release from Sweden's Mind's Eye, masterminded by Secret Sphere sticks-man Daniel Flores who wrote pretty much everything this album has to offer us. Immediately I was drawn to this release due to the magnificent artwork courtesy of the legendary Mattias Noren. After checking some sound clips from their website I was sold – furiously entering the Lion Music website and hammering the order button. Upon receiving I was delighted with the packaging, a DVD featuring the video for "Feed My Revolver", and a documentary about the making of the album. The booklet is set out similar to a comic book, adding a visual aid to the music on offer. A Gentleman's Hurricane is a concept album about a retired assassin, who with guilt of his sins growing tries to find an answer to it all. The assassin – Adam Evangelista – finds refuge at a church where he strikes a bond with a priest, but with only seven days before his very last job, time is running out. "Twelve murders in seven days. So little time So much to tell "
"Praying For Confession" sets the scene up nicely: spoken dialogue, choirs, and some brilliant musicianship preparing us for the curtain to rise, and boy does it with the fiery "Seven Days". Immediately it's evident Mind's Eye lack the majority of turn offs a Progressive Metal band would normally display. The greatest comparison I could draw to these guys would have to be Cloudscape, although really Mind's Eye have pretty much their own identity – something might I add is become increasingly difficult these days. "Assassination" is my personal favorite, with its punchy rhythm and a chorus no protection could stop from catching. Guitarist Johan Niemann handles his job exquisitely, keeping his lead work wonderfully tasteful – see the solo around the 3:19 mark in "Chaos Unleashed". Vocalist Andreas Novak has a great voice, never stepping over his capabilities, keeping things nice and powerful in the mid range. Daniel Flores is the man of the hour, not only handling the sticks, we also see him doing all the string arrangements, vocal harmonies and playing keyboards – hell he even produced the damn thing. "Feed My Revolver" is another excellent track, a music video of which is included on the DVD.
Other standout tracks include the awesome "Skin Crawl" and "Say Goodnight", the latter featuring some stellar drum-work in the intro. "Pandora's Musical Box" closes the album, clocking in at just over 10 minutes. With some nice ideas and an epic soundscape, this proves a very suitable closer for the rip-roaring roller coaster ride that is A Gentleman's Hurricane. A highly enjoyable release from start to finish, proving Progressive Metal does not have to be overtly technical. Mind's Eye certainly show a lot of promise and I can only hope they can follow this one up. Recommended
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