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I reckon many Progressive Metal lovers should find this stellar release equally engrossing.

I love a good surprise and this held a couple including a large and truly pleasurable one that I didn't see coming (cue the smutty comments!). Mindcage is an American all male Progressive Metal four piece that formed back in 1996. They released a demo in 1997 and followed it up in 2000 with an EP called 'Encapsulation'. There isn't much information about the time between then and the release of this full debut.

Before I even put this on I noticed one key name credited. The mixing, pre-production and vocal/guitar recording was handled by Michael Wagener whose labours have sold in excess of 94 million records. The album itself is another concept release with a story that centres on a broken world devoid of culture, creativity, light and humanity. From this desolate society rises a potential hero Arabella Vash who is drawn to a group of rebels called The One Constant who maintain the history from when society was free. The biggest surprise came during 'The Human Race' when Vash first appears. Straight away I thought...I know that voice...and I thought correctly. The heroine is voiced by Julie Westlake, (Hydrogyn), one of my favourite female singers. She returns at the end of the album during 'The Serenity Sequence' and briefly in 'The Grand Restoration'. Overall sound and style wise, 'Devices' is very reminiscent of Queensryche with a little bit of NWOBHM thrown in. This is especially true of the likes of the title track and 'The One Constant' with their chunky changeable riffs and echoed vocals that occasional sound futuristic. In fact the former is so comparable that it could have appeared on 'Empire'. Both songs also feature solos and bridges that have a real gallop about them that appears influenced by Maiden. There's also a Maiden-esque whine and franticness to some of the axe work in 'For All Mankind' but again the majority of the song is based more in that Queensryche like sound

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Even though it isn't as intense, intricate or epic as some of the recent Progressive records I've covered, 'Devices' is still a fantastic and absorbing release. If you're a fan of the likes of Queensryche then this is definitely an album for you. Jeff Hignite gives a superb vocal performance that's powerful and expressive whilst Westlake is her usual throaty self with an equally strong if limited showing. Top mark must go to songwriter/guitarist Dietrick Hardwick who not only came up with the music and idea but puts in an exquisite display on the guitar. 'Devices' is every bit as good on the technical front with a polished and clear finish provided by Wagener.

I can't find a single fault with anything on this and I reckon many Progressive Metal lovers should find this stellar release equally engrossing.

Dave Scott

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