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Heavenly Ecstasy


 
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01 Contact
 
02 Eyes Of Fire
 
03 Intermission
 
04 Into The Aftermath
 
05 Walk Away In Silence
 
06 Revelation To The End
 
07 Follow Your Way
 
08 Live Your Life Like A Dream
 
09 The Master's Voice
 
10 When Angels Unite
 
11 Never Walk Alone
 
 
In the year of 2000, the Norwegian music scene, thus mostly known for its Black Metal, brought up PAGAN’S MIND. Formed by Nils K. Rue on vocals, Stian Kristoffersen on drums, and Thorstein Aaby on guitar (1971-2007), and later joined by Jörn-Viggo Lofstad (guitar), Steinar Krokmo (bass) and Ronny Tegner (keyboards), the band quickly established itself worldwide with their second album in 2002, Celestial Entrance, in co-operation with successful producer Fredrik Nordström (Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall). For this album, PAGAN’S MIND deepened the band’s progressive style from the debut, Infinity Divine, but topped it all off with filigree Power Metal elements and exciting arrangements. The album gave the band much deserved attention, and elite festivals as ProgPower USA and ProgPower Europe, as well as Sweden Rock Festival, invited PAGAN’S MIND to play in 2003. Celestial Entrance scored massive attention in the industry as well, and Stian Kristoffersen was invited to play drums for Firewind, Nils K. Rue joined Canadian Eidolon, and Jörn Viggo Lofstad became Jorn Lande’s closest partner for his band, named JORN.
The final mix of the band’s third album, Enigmatic: Calling, was once again done in well-proven co-operation with Fredrik Nordström. Produced by Lofstad, the band sounded more melodic, yet harder. After its release in 2005, PAGAN’S MIND played more prestigious festivals as well as returned to Sweden Rock Festival, ProgPower Europe and the newly established ProgPower UK. It was unforeseeable that the album stormed the Norwegian album charts shortly after its release, but that only affirmed the talented work of the band. In 2006, the band did a headliner tour in England.
PAGAN’S MIND’s idea for the next step was to incorporate none other than Stefan Glaumann from Toytown Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, well known for his work with Rammstein, Europe, Within Temptation and Bon Jovi. The result of the co-operation, titled God´s Equation, surpassed even the highest expectations. God´s Equation was a musical giant consisting of groove, melody, intelligent heaviness and ambitious song writing. The album saw the band combine riffs that hit you in the face as well as catchy melodies and keyboard magic, with a production and mix that gave the band a unique sound, and landed on the Norwegian charts at position 14 (domestic releases) and 35 (international releases).
Following the release of God´s Equation, which the band celebrated by bringing the roof down at the ProgPower US festival in Atlanta, the band hit the road in November 2007 with legendary Prog Metal veterans FATES WARNING. This stint was followed by three weeks with BRAINSTORM in March 2008, and a week of UK dates with
SONATA ARCTICA. After a successful appearance at the Waldrock festival in Holland in July 2008, the band headlined the ProgPower Europe festival and treated their fans to a more than two hour set, followed by another European tour in November 2008, once again playing direct support for SONATA ARCTICA.
In November 2008, PAGAN’S MIND recorded and filmed their stage action at Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo. Titled Live Equation, this mind-blowing performance was released in September 2009 as a double DVD set.
The band embarked on a tour in the US and Canada with Stratovarius, after the participation at ProgPower US X in September, where PAGAN’S MIND was welcomed back to Atlanta as “returning heroes” for the festival’s 10 year anniversary.
In the fall of 2010, the band finished work on the new album, Heavenly Ecstasy, once again mixed in Toytown Studios, Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann. A new partner for future releases was found in SPV/Steamhammer.
 
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