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Mindcage - Our Own Devices Award winner

Our Own Devices
by Katarzyna Zakolska at 05 June 2014, 8:07 PM

MINDCAGE is a Heavy / Power / Classic / Progressive Metal band from Gulf Breeze, Florida in United States. Band was formed in 1996 and have released their debut album „Our Own Devices” in 2013. Guys have chosen Julie Westlake (Hydrogyn) as the voice of Arabella Vash. The album was mixed and pre-mastered by rock legend Michael Wagener (METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE, SKID ROW, DOKKEN, RAVEN, MEGADETH).

My favourite track is “The Human Race” with fine sounding keys, massive guitars, and big dozen of melody. It’s great progressive music and a perfect duet with strong vocals of male vocalist with female singer – it is wonderful! Also are hear able some classic music echoes in the guitars. Jeff Hignite has an interesting sounding voice, clear, deep, strong, pure and melodic; he shows emotions through singing. Massive riffs, progressive rhythmic in “For All Mankind (The Dark Design)” absorbs the listener completely. Also in the vocals, I hear IRON MAIDEN, PRIME TIME, QUEENSRYCHE & JORN echoes. Amazing guitar solo is in this song played by Dietrick Hardwick has similarity to MICHAEL SCHENKER or AXEL RUDI PELL.

“The Serenity Sequence (Renaissance Pt. I)” and “The Grand Restoration (Renaissance Pt. II)” are brilliant on this CD. In the first of them acoustic guitar is mixing with deep vocal of the male singer & sweet voice of the female singer. It is a fine ballad with IRON MAIDEN echoes and higher climate like in HELLOWEEN songs. The second of them has heavier riffs & a powerful duet of the male and female vocalists. Perfect riffs add flavour to this track. This is just a high level song with DREAM THEATER influences. It is hear able also in the faster “Arabella’s Arc” with melodic progressive riffs and depth of singing.

Worth a listen are also: “The One Constant” with JUDAS PRIEST memories and a nice connection to classic music, and the title track “Our Own Devices”, where calmer sounds mix changeable rate, clear and pure singing with impressive guitar solo. There are stronger sounds in “Firefly” with a high style of catchy refrain. For me every song on this CD is interesting and has its own soul.

This album from MINDCAGE is highly recommend for every Metal head who loves Progressive / Power Metal,  and such bands as DREAM THETER, QUEENSRYCHE, JUDAS PRIEST or IRON MAIDEN. Generally, the songs are well-worked with melody, power, energy, a passion of playing music.

Perfection and experience in every inch. You will be not disappointed after listening to this album of  these Florida-based Progressive Metallers. You will just fall in love with their sounds! This music just addicted and hypnotizing.

5 Star Rating

1. Cadence March
2. For All Mankind (The Dark Design)
3. Our Own Devices
4. The Human Race
5. At Full Steam
6. Firefly
7. The One Constant
8. Arabella’s Arc
9. The Serenity Sequence (Renaissance Pt. I)
10. The Grand Restoration (Renaissance Pt. II)
Jeff Hignite – Vocals
Dietrick Hardwick – Guitars
Brian Howell – Bass
Craig Nudo – Drums
Record Label: AetherWax


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