PRISMIND- Converting New Disciples
When you think of Canadian metal, you tend to think right away of Toronto and Montreal. Hamilton usually doesn’t come up in the conversation much. At least not since Varga put Steeltown on the metal map back in the 90s.
That’s about to change with Prismind.
Okay, a little background here. I discovered these guys about a year ago. Had the chance to see them live on Canada Day and they stole the show. Ever since then, I (along with many, many others) have been waiting anxiously for this quartet from Hamilton, Ontario (yep, that’s right. Steeltown proud)
In May, they gave us our wish. We finally had Disciples By Design in our hands. And now I’m going to tell you why you’re going to buy this album.
From the moment the disc starts with “Pawns Of The Damned”, you know you’re in for one hell of a ride. Kelly Kereliuk’s tasty licks welcome you to the Prismind show. The pounding rhythm section of drummer Mike Harshaw and bassist Justin Faragher make sure you’re strapped in comfortably with a thunder reminiscent of a Dream Theater or Rush. And then John Mamone comes in to complete the quartet with his powerful vocals as you’re sent on a melodic, progressive and powerful ride.
Next up comes the track that served as the introduction for so many of us to the Prismind sound….
Crank it up. Let it be your introduction to Prismind as it was for so many of us.
How do they follow it up? With a serious kick in the ass in the form of “Slaves To The Machine”. The thundering riff gets the neck a twitchin’ and then when everything comes together, it becomes one of the star tracks on the CD.
“Diamond Eye” and “Our Broken Fate” provide a one-two punch that will get that head banging without having to resort to the usual gimmicks. That’s one thing I love about these guys- they don’t have to play fast to play heavy.
And now it’s time to enter the “Palace Of The Mighty And The High”. You’re greeted by a riff that is going to lay the foundation for another of the standout tracks on the album. It grabs you by the short ones and doesn’t let go.
“Last Breath” kicks the intensity up a notch with easily the most breakneck track of the disc. “Time Unforgiving” slows things down just a tiny notch, switching from unbridled fury to more controlled mayhem, which brings the adrenaline down just enough for the conclusion of the ride.
“Void 5:14” provides the closing chapter to the first Prismind chronicle. And you know what? They saved the best for last. The infectious riff will get you hooked, and then we finally get the answer to the question, “Can John Mamone really belt out those high ones?” The answer to that one is a resounding yes. What a way to close out the first book in Prismind’s legacy – with the scream that you know John was just waiting to unleash.
Now I’ve done it. I’ve gotten your attention and you want to get this one for yourself. You’re not going to find it at your local record store (unless you live in Hamilton), but it is available on their website at www.prismindband.com . That’s right. Go there. You know you want to.
Bottom line, this is a CD that was a long time coming, and it was absolutely worth the wait. If you like your melody with groove and power, then this is definitely one to have. An outstanding debut and an introduction to what is no longer Hamilton’s best-kept secret..\m/ \m/ I give this album a solid 8/10.