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Empyria [2002] Sense Of Mind
Scrape Records [Scrape 008CD]

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Genre: progressive power metal
Country: Canada
Contents: flac/cue/log/covers
Size: 370 MB

Tracklist:
01. Ties That Bind
02. No More Lies
03. In God's Hands
04. Heaven's Cry
05. Sense Of Mind
06. Prejudice Reigns
07. Long Road Home
08. Blackened Heart
09. A New Beginning
10. Forever

Playtime: 52:50

Lineup:
Phil Leite - vocals
Mike Kischnick - electric & acoustic guitars
Ken Firomski - bass
Simon Adam - drums & percussion
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Rob Matharu - add. guitar on 4 & 5
Troy Taillon - drums on 10

Review
"Sense Of Mind" is the 4th full-length studio album by Canadian progressive/power metal act Empyria. I haven't listened to any of the three albums that came before "Sense Of Mind" so this is my first encounter with the band.

The music on the album is in US power metal style with some progressive elements. The US part is important to mention here as the music on "Sense Of Mind" has little to do with the whimsical keyboard dominated European power metal style. Comparisons to acts such as Metal Church, Fates Warning, Queensrÿche, Crimson Glory and Heir Apparent are apparent. The music on this album is what my mamma used to call "real" metal. Heavy guitar riffing, a powerful lead vocalist and a great pounding rhythm section. There are sporadic use of keyboards and piano on the album, but the dominant instruments are guitar, bass and drums.

Lead singer Philip Leite is a real treat IMO. In addition to being a really skilled vocalist he also has a great voice for this kind of music. If I have to make comparisons to one of the better known vocalists in the genre it would be Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine, Redemption). The rhythm section is as mentioned really strong but in the instrumental department I must admit that I mostly focus on the excellent guitar work by guitarist Mike Kischnick (Thor, Severed Serenity). Heavy, powerful riffs and great melodic solos are played with ease.

Most songs on the album flat out rock and there are no better examples of that than "Ties That Bind" and "Heaven's Cry". The latter mentioned even has an almost thrashy opening riff not far removed from the famous "Symphony Of Destruction" main riff by Megadeth. The slightly progressive edge that sometimes occur in the music can be heard on songs like "In God's Hands", "Prejudice Reigns" and "Forever".

The sound production is good. The guitar is loud and raw, The vocals are high but balanced in the mix and the rythm section sounds powerful too. I appreciate that the production is not too polished, which sometimes kills the power in music like this.

I've really enjoyed my first encounter with Empyria and "Sense Of Mind" is highly recommendable to fans of old school eighties US power metal / progressive metal.

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Exact Audio Copy V1.0 beta 1 from 15. November 2010

EAC extraction logfile from 8. February 2012, 20:21

Empyria / Sense Of Mind

Used drive  : Optiarc DVD RW AD-7240S   Adapter: 2  ID: 0

Read mode               : Secure
Utilize accurate stream : Yes
Defeat audio cache      : Yes
Make use of C2 pointers : No

Read offset correction                      : 48
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out          : No
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks   : No
Null samples used in CRC calculations       : Yes
Used interface                              : Native Win32 interface for Win NT & 2000

Used output format : Internal WAV Routines
Sample format      : 44.100 Hz; 16 Bit; Stereo


TOC of the extracted CD

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     Extraction speed 0.5 X
     Range quality 100.0 %
     Copy CRC D2D87A4D
     Copy OK

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забыл сказать: это лимитированное издание (тираж 500 шт.), которое выпущено в ДВД боксе и включает бонус диск "Westcoast Canadian Metal Feast Vol. 1". однако на этом бонус диске есть HTOA (спрятанный трэк в первом прегапе), а мой привод грабить такие диски не может, увы. в любом случае, без этого промо сборника канадских команд вполне можно обойтись, как мне кажется :oops:

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