PRISMIND – DISCIPLES BY DESIGN
Release Date: May 4th, 2017
Prismind is a band out of Hamilton, Ontario. I feel I’ve been getting a lot of music from this city lately, I think I know where I need to relocate to for the best music scene in the province. Prismind (which I was adamantly told is pronounced like saying “Prism Mind” together, and not “Pris-mind”) blends elements of progressive and classic metal together, making Disciples By Design an interesting listen.
Pawns of the Damned starts Disciples By Design off with an arena rock sound. As Prismind‘s Kelly Kereluik plays a rather addictive guitar riff over former Annihilator drummer Mike Harshaw‘s bass drum beat. This changes slightly when the drum beat gets a little more complex, but the song never loses the feeling that it was meant to be played to a large crowd of people moving to the main beat.
Dagger takes on a slightly more traditional fast paced metal sound. The instrumentation of the song stands out above the singing on this track, with Prismind playing at their tightest. It keeps Disciples By Design fresh, and maintains a bit of a progressive sound to its music, keeping pace with the album’s opener.
Speaking of the instrumentation, there are many songs on Disciples By Design that stand out especially thanks to their instrumental intros. Some don’t even last a minute like the thunderous Palace of the Mighty and the High‘s forty second intro and Time Unforgiving‘s thrash metal influenced first fifty-five seconds. Prismind impress me the most with the minute and twenty second intro to Last Breath which is completed with some fine bass guitar work by Justin Faragher.
Other songs on Disciplines By Design maintain their own identity. Diamond Eyes shows elements of NWOBHM influence in its chorus, mostly thanks to the vocal harmonies. The guitar solo to Our Broken Fate dominates any other guitar solo on the album while the furiousness of Slaves to the Machine that can make the ground rumble easily makes it the heaviest track on the album. It’s Prismind‘s choice of an album closer that shows they really treated this album like it really matters. Void 5:14 ends the album on a doomy apocalyptic note that puts the entire album’s 80s metal sound in to perspective.
I wasn’t serious about moving to Hamilton. If anything I’d move more north than where I am now, not more south west. But I’ll always be serious when I say Hamilton has always seemed to have perhaps more of the best rock talent – be it hard rock, metal, alternative, folk, whatever – coming out of compared to any other city in this province.
The talent Prismind has can only be made possible by professional and very well educated musicians. The one area in which more work is needed are the vocals, which at times don’t stand out to me at all. In spite of some good moments, John Mamone’s voice takes the backseat to the instrumentation far too often throughout the album. Disciples By Design‘s songs don’t imitate any artists. Despite Prismind’s strong display of their influencers the album never devolves into yet another tip of the metal cap to the ’80’s.
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7 (Out of 10)
|1||Pawns of the Damned||5:52|
|3||Slaves to the Machine||4:30|
|5||Our Broken Fate||4:55|
|6||Palace of the Mighty and the High||4:47|