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Stratovarius @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (9/16/2009)

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Artist: Stratovarius
Venue: Nokia Theatre Times Square (New York, NY)
Opener: Pagan’s Mind, Ethereality
Date: 9/16/2009
Label: Armoury Records

Even though I had missed the last time that Stratovarius toured around these parts it has still been a few years since they were able to come back and do some gigs and this is based on the band being in a bit of a limbo for awhile. This status first came from guitarist Timo Tolki who eventually decided that he was done and that the band had been broken up, but when Timo Kotipelto informed the world that they were indeed alive and breathing and that music would continue, it was just a matter of time before the right player was found to replace the now absent Tolki. Tonight the scene of the action would be the Nokia Theatre in Times Square where the band would present their newest material from the smoking “Polaris” CD along with their long revered classics and introduce us all to their new guitarist Matias Kupianen. They would be touring with Pagan’s Mind as direct support and our area show found some local boys from New Jersey called Ethereality kicking off the fun. Here is how the night went down.
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“God’s Equation” by Pagan’s Mind

Artist: Pagan’s Mind
Title: “God’s Equation”
Label: Limb Music
Release Date: 11/9/2007
Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

If you are like me and only getting around to the band Pagan’s Mind with their fourth release then fear not because “God’s Equation” seems to be the perfect starting off point even though these guys have been at this for several years already. As soon as “God’s Equation” began I knew I was in for a treat and after a brief instrumental lead in track, “The Conception”, the band leads you into the overall premise and power that you will experience on every track of “God’s Equation”. The self-titled album track shows the band to be a perfect blend of Progressive and Melodic Metal styling with rich instrumentation and adventures behind a truly powerful lead vocal. Running at a healthy 7.56 minutes the tune does not get boring at all and when the choruses come in you find yourself humming them to yourself as the group delivers the goods. The band was founded by their singer Nils K. Rue, and at times his vocal powers remind the listener of a singer like Geoff Tate. His soaring high notes and deep low register ones make Rue one of the better singers I have heard in this genre of music and I am saddened to only have become aware of them in recent times. “United Alliance” is a track that I find “live concert hit” written allover based on its head-bopping riffs by Jorn Viggo Lofstad and great sing-along chorus. They hit you hard with the Groove Metal meets Thrash during “Atomic Fireflight” and while that kicked some serious ass they really impressed me with the next track “Hello Spaceboy”. For those unaware this is an old David Bowie track from 1995 and hearing it done up as a Metal tune not only showed the talents of Pagan’s Mind but further confirmed the absolute genius of a musician like David Bowie. His tune when done in Metal format lost none of its original appeal and even took on a new life when it came down to it.
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