Dream Theater. Savatage. Nightwish. These are just a few of the bands that have that power progressive sound to them and they are all great bands. You already know this. MindMaze needs to be added to this list immediately, if you don’t consider them on it already like I do. The best part for me reviewing their new album Resolve, their third full length release, is I have a home field advantage as this band is from my neck of the woods here in the mid-atlantic. Hailing from Allentown, PA, which is just an hour or so away from one of our offices in Baltimore, I have had the pleasure of seeing this band play live numerous times and every show has been nothing short of great.
Labeled a conceptual album, the brother/sister combination of guitarist Jeff and lead singer Sarah Teets, bassist Rich Pasqualone, and drummer Mark Bennett have made an incredible album that will take this band to a new platform of music excellence. I can’t even choose a song to begin talking about as every song on this 68 minute album is just as strong as the next. What I can talk about are the guitars on this album. Melodic when needed, powerful when desired, and meticulously intricate when played, Jeff Teets is truly a gifted talent. “Drown Me” is a perfect example of all three of those descriptions aforementioned, as well as “Twisted Dream,” “Fight The Future,” and “The Path To Perseverance,” my personal favorite here if I had to choose only one song. In my opinion, this 11 minute song showcases Sarah Teets’ vocals, which is a mix of powerful, angelic, and quite simply fantastic. That along with the dynamic rhythm section of Bennett and Pasqualone, who should be more than recognized for their spectacular performances on this album, make this album a front runner for my favorite album of the year.
The new album will be available April 28th on Inner Wound Recordings worldwide.