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CD MINDCAGE OUR OWN DEVICES CD REVIEW

MINDCAGE

OUR OWN DEVICES

2013

 

 

WHO WILL SAVE US NOW?

 

 

To be honest I haven’t heard a Metal concept album this good since Queensryche’s ‘Mindcrime’. Now what exactly that says about ‘Our Own Devices’ I’m not sure as I certainly wouldn’t class myself as a huge fan of the ‘Progressive Metal’ genre.  All I know is that this is damn good…

 

As the press says “Our Own Devices is a fantasy storybook set to music. Combining cultural and literary elements of Steampunk, dystopian society and futuristic technologies with highly articulate progressive metal music, the album transports the listener to a world broken and needing a hero….” Te storyline centres around that hero: Arabella Vash, who sets out to awaken society from its slumber and save the world.

 

Vocally Jeff Hignite makes the story come alive and has the kind of vocal that you can’t help but comparre to a young Geoff Tate. Think Queensryche crossed with Dream Theater and you know you’re onto a winner. Add Dietrick Hardwick's amazing guitar and some inspired structures and it’s heady stuff indeed.

 

Like any concept album it’s hard to pick out any particular track in isolation but opener ‘Cadence March’ grips you from the off, my favourite moments though are the low key start and build of ‘For All Mankind’; the title track; ‘Firefly’ and the crowning glory – epic closer ‘The Grand Restoration (Renaissance Part II)’

 

Enjoy – this is definitely a band you will be hearing more of.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD MINDCAGE OUR OWN DEVICES CD REVIEW 2013